44 Smart Strategies for Avoiding Classroom Mistakes

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Corwin Press, Dec 7, 2004 - Education - 240 pages
Based on the observations of more than 200 instructors, this hands-on text presents finely honed strategies to help teachers create an environment for better teaching and learning.
 

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Contents

Those Who Fail to Plan Plan to Fail
2
Develop Your Academic Sixth Sense
9
Section 2 The Organized Classroom
15
Create the WellOiled Machine That Runs on its Own
16
Harness the Paper Tiger
23
Design SoulStirring Learning Environments
28
Creative Minds can be Tidy
32
Section 3 Become a Friend of the Family
35
Be a Gentle Critic
115
Treat Children the Way You Treat Adults
118
Be a Promoter of Positive Behavior
123
Use Logical Appeal as a Discipline Strategy
126
Catch Bees with Honey Not Vinegar
131
Educator + Entertainer
137
Put Some Pep in Your Academic Step
138
Pump up the Volume of Student Participation
144

Seek Parents as Partners
36
Promote Parent Involvement through Active Interaction
41
Use a Sandwich Cookie Model of Parent Conferencing
46
Make House Calls
52
Section 4 Raise Your Nurturance Index a Notch or Two
55
Love the Unlovable Child
56
Seek to Understand all of Your Children
63
Consider Special Ethnicity and Cultural Issues
68
Respect and Celebrate Student Differences
71
Avoid Academic Trauma
76
Empower the Disempowered
81
Practice Saying Yes Whenever Possible
86
Section 5 Balance Your Personal Assets and Liabilities
91
Develop Strategies to Maximize Your Strengths and Minimize Your Weaknesses
92
Shelve Your Emotional Baggage
96
Use all of Your Talents
100
Section 6 Teach with a Slow Hand and a Gentle Touch
103
Model and Expect Good Behavior from all Children
104
Courtesy is Contagious
108
Make Punishment a Last Resort
111
Be Passionate about Pedagogy
149
Strut Your Stuff
153
Section 8 Do a ThreeStep to an Instructional Beat
155
Conduct Your Own Diagnostic Clinic Ascertain and Assess Student Skills and Weaknesses
156
Prescribe an Effective Personalized Action Plan
160
Promote Implementation of the Plan and SelfRegulated Learning
163
Section 9 Seek to Inspire and Motivate
167
Start with Yourself SelfMotivate
168
Showcase Each Childs Talents Tap into Multiple Intelligences
172
Rewrite an Ineffective Classroom Script
177
Avoid Burnout Rekindle the Joy of Teaching
182
Teach Children to Love Learning
186
Move Your Class to Action through Discovery and Inquiry
191
Take Your Children to Water and Make Them Want to Drink
195
Section 10 Do a Professional Makeover
201
Project a Professional Image Avoid the Blue Jeans and Sneakers Trap
202
Perfect Your Teacher Voice and Educator Countenance Develop a GetDowntoBusiness Demeanor
206
References
210
Index
215
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Carolyn Orange is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She teaches Psychological Basis of Learning, Learning and Development of the School Age Child, Human Growth and Development, and Psychology of Human Motivation. She has a PhD and Master of Arts degree in Educational Psycho logy from Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harris Stowe State College. She began her teaching career in the St. Louis Public Schools where she taught for a number of years. Her work as an educator has spanned about 25 years. That period includes some time that she worked for two corporations. She has worked as a researcher and educator in a variety of educational settings: elementary, secondary, English as a Second Language (ESL), Montessori, special education, adult education, art, and higher education. She has produced a video on self-regulation and has developed a Self-Regulation Inventory. She has published numerous articles in journals such as the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, The Journal of Experimental Education, The Roeper Review, Journal of Communi­cations and Minority Issues, The Journal of Black Studies, The NASSP: Curriculum Report, and The High School Journal. In 2001, she was appointed to the review board of the Journal of Communications and Minority Issues. She is on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scout Council of San Antonio. She was included in Who’s Who in the World for 2005; Who’s Who Among American Teachers for 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2003; Who’s Who in America 2001, 2002, and 2003/2004. Her current research interests are envirosocial factors that affect student achievement. She is the author of 25 Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make and How to Avoid Them (2000) and Quick Reference Guide to Educational Innovations: xiv FM-Orange.qxd 11/12/2004 4:21 PM Page xv About the Author xv Practices, Programs, Policies and Philosophies (2002). 25 Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make and How to Avoid Them is a bestseller and has gained worldwide popularity. It has been reviewed in India and translated into Thai, Chinese, and Slovenian. She was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2004.

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