Scott Mandel

Scott Mandel has been a teacher, administrator, and an in-service leader. For the past 35 years, he has taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he teaches English, history and musical theatre. He received his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Southern California. His current areas of professional specialization include new-teacher training; improving test taking and study skills; classroom management; and teaching methodologies. A National Board Certified teacher for over 20 years, Scott is the author of eleven previous teacher education books and is the founder and developer of Teachers Helping Teachers (, a web site for educators. Teachers Helping Teachers has been offering lesson plans, educational links and inspiration since 1995.

Books by Scott Mandel:

Classrooms in the Real World
Practical Advice from a Veteran Teacher

For the past 35 years, Scott Mandel has been teaching students in an urban Los Angeles school district. In addition, he instructs teachers in professional development courses. In those classes, he’s known for telling stories—stories gleaned from his time spent in the classroom. Classrooms in the Real World is a collection of many of those stories, presented as a set of teachable moments—a practical how-to book for new teachers, one based on interacting with kids on a daily basis. Rather than providing educational theories about what should be, Mandel shares real-life stories of how to relate to your students, administrators and parents, along with his thoughts on how to deal with the multiple curricular and classroom challenges that all teachers face in the real world. Chapters such as "Kids Don't Care How Much You Know As Long As They Know You Care," "Take Curricular Chances," "Administrators Want You To Succeed," "Keeping My Sanity All These Years," and “What Have I Learned” will give you the reader practical ideas, philosophies and encouragement from a long-time classroom teacher, someone still in the classroom sharing the lived experience of teaching in today’s school environment.

Perfect for courses such as: Introduction to Teaching | Classroom Management | Student Teaching

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