Reluctant Disciplinarian: Advice on Classroom Management from a Softy Who Became (Eventually) a Successful Teacher

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Cottonwood Press, Jul 1, 1999 - Education - 143 pages
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In this funny and insightful book, Gary Rubinstein relives his own truly disastrous first year of teaching. He begins his teaching career armed only with idealism and romantic visions of teachingand absolutely no classroom management skills. By his fourth year, however, he is named his schools Teacher of the Year. As Rubinstein details his transformation from incompetent to successful teacher, he shows what works and what doesnt work when managing a classroom. Any teacherexperienced or notwill enjoy this honest and humorous look at the real world of teaching, and will come away with some very helpful ideas for classroom management.

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This book gives practical realistic advice. - Goodreads
It had some good insights and good points. - Goodreads
Moreover, Rubinstein is an entertaining writer. - Goodreads
I greatly enjoyed the practical advice. - Goodreads
It's a short read with some strong tips. - Goodreads

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User Review  - AmandaCharland - LibraryThing

This was an enjoyable read, funny at times, validating at others. It wasn't however, the learning experience I thought it was going to be. If you are looking for a biography of sorts that is sweet and ... Read full review

Review: Reluctant Disciplinarian: Advice on Classroom Management From a Softy who Became (Eventually) a Successful Teacher

User Review  - Todd - Goodreads

This is a great book for new teachers. I greatly enjoyed the practical advice. Although it wasn't the cure for my challenges teaching, it was an interesting read. Moreover, Rubinstein is an entertaining writer. Read full review


Why Learning to Discipline Is So Hard
What Does Not Work
Being a Real Teacher

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About the author (1999)

Gary Rubinstein is a teacher at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan and a teacher trainer for the New York City Teaching Fellows. He is the author of several essays and articles about teaching that have appeared in national magazines and journals. He lives in Long Beach, New York.

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