Teaching Outside the Box: How to Grab Your Students By Their Brains
The handbook for improving morale by managing, disciplining and motivating your students
This second edition of the bestselling book includes practical suggestions for arranging your classroom, talking to students, avoiding the misbehavior cycle, and making your school a place where students learn and teachers teach. The book also contains enlivening Q&A from teachers, letters from students, and tips for grading. This new edition has been expanded to include coverage of the following topics: discipline, portfolio assessments, and technology in the classroom.
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I read this and 16 other books on teaching the summer before I became a full time teacher, and then I'm reading it again now after my first year of teaching before I go into my second. This is by far my favorite. Now that I am reading it a second time I realize that I really need to do each and every step that she spelled out. I'm taking notes and making a to-do list. I can't rate this book highly enough.
I previewed Teaching Outside the Box I was reminded of my own experiences teaching disaffected and marginalised young people in the UK. The key element in this book is free for all to read. If you can garner mutual respect from students (by refusing to be caught up in the 'me teacher - you student' mentality, it is possible to remove traditional classroom obstacles and do some great good.
I think this same process is invaluable when shaping our own children. If there is mutual respect, all communication lines are open.