Teaching Outside the Box: How to Grab Your Students By Their Brains, 2nd Edition

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2011-03-22
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The handbook for improving morale by managing, disciplining and motivating your studentsThis 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.+ Includes engaging questions for reflection at the end of each chapter+ Johnson is the author of The New York Times bestseller Dangerous Minds (originally My Posse Don't Do Homework)+ Contains a wealth of practical tools that support stellar classroom instructionThis thoroughly revised and updated edition contains comprehensive advice for both new and experienced teachers on classroom management, discipline, motivation, and morale.

Author Biography

LouAnne Johnson is a former U.S. Navy journalist, Marine Corps officer, and high school teacher. She is the author of several books, including The Queen of Education and the New York Times bestseller Dangerous Minds. At present, Johnson is associate professor of teacher education at Santa Fe Community College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
The Authorp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Dear Teacher: An Open Letterp. 1
Are You Teacher Material?p. 5
Super, Excellent, or Good?p. 7
Earn Some Extra Creditp. 10
Those Who Can‚«÷t Teach Can Still Dop. 12
What Is Teaching All About?p. 13
Do Your Homeworkp. 17
Choose Your Personap. 19
Dress the Partp. 21
Train Those Little Puppiesp. 22
Control Your Classroom, Not Your Studentsp. 24
Plan for Bathroom Breaksp. 26
Your Optional Agendap. 28
Face Your Own Prejudicesp. 29
Respect Yourselfp. 33
Grades: Percentage? Curve? Coin Toss?p. 37
Covering Curriculum Is Not Teachingp. 40
There Is No Such Thing as a Casual Remark to a Childp. 42
The Big Three: Preparation, Preparation, Preparationp. 45
Prepare Your Roomp. 46
Prepare Your Paperworkp. 67
Prepare Yourselfp. 80
Start with a Smilep. 91
Day One: Start with a Smilep. 92
Grab Your Students by Their Brainsp. 97
Stop the Teacher-Versus-Student Attitude in Its Tracksp. 98
Teach Your Procedure for Oral Responsesp. 103
Be Prepared for ‚«£Test the Teacher‚«†p. 104
Create a Daily ‚«£Do-Now‚«†Activityp. 108
Introduce Students to Each Otherp. 111
Establish Routines and Ritualsp. 114
Take Time to Thinkp. 119
Do Some Diagnosticsp. 120
Welcome Handouts and Foldersp. 121
Delegate Some Authorityp. 123
Demonstrate the Power of Choicep. 124
Review Maslow's Hierarchyp. 126
Introduce Metacognitionp. 129
Show Your Gratitudep. 132
The Hard Part Is Over—We Hopep. 132
Discipline Is Not a Dirty Wordp. 135
Define Your Philosophyp. 136
What Goes Around Does Come Aroundp. 138
Cowboy Philosophyp. 140
Rules Versus Proceduresp. 142
Rules for Creating Rulesp. 143
Identify Your Bullies and Outcastsp. 145
Characteristics of Successful Discipline Policiesp. 146
Twelve Steps to Better Disciplinep. 153
If You Have to Have Detention,Make It Worthwhilep. 162
Keep Recordsp. 163
Consult the Experts, but Trust Your Instinctsp. 163
Emergency Meltdown Disaster Planp. 164
The Three Rs: Reading, Reading, Readingp. 171
What's the Problem?p. 172
What the Solution?p. 174
And Now for Something Completely Differentp. 190
Shakespeare for Reluctant Readersp. 192
Use Music to Introduce Poetryp. 198
Light and Learningp. 201
Can't Read—or Won't Read?p. 201
Seeing Is Believingp. 205
Scotopic Sensitivityp. 206
Signs and Symptoms of Light Sensitivityp. 209
Scientific Supportp. 209
Shedding More Light on the Subjectp. 211
Foods for Thoughtp. 215
The Big Fat Problemp. 216
Mother's Milk Versus Formulap. 219
Doctor's Ordersp. 221
Other Major Nutritional Villainsp. 221
We Need to "Use Our Noodles"p. 227
Top Twelve Motivational Strategiesp. 231
Help Students Believe Success Is Possiblep. 233
Adjust the Attitudesp. 235
Alter Student Self-Perceptionsp. 238
Catch Kids Being Goodp. 241
Reach Out to Parents and Guardiansp. 242
Be Your Own Guinea Pigsp. 243
Request Frequent Feedbackp. 245
Chart Student Progressp. 245
Go Right-Brainp. 249
Make Mistakes Mandatoryp. 253
Connect Through Private Journalsp. 255
Introduce Ethicsp. 258
The Posse Updatep. 261
Where Are the Dangerous Minds Kids Today?p. 262
"Raul"p. 263
"Gusmaro"p. 263
"Callie"p. 264
"Emilio"p. 265
Heidip. 266
Octaviop. 267
Ericp. 267
Shontap. 267
Nickp. 268
Isabelp. 268
My Take on the Moviep. 268
Twenty Years from Nowp. 271
The Good Newsp. 274
Appendixp. 279
My Excellent-Eleven Book Listp. 279
Recommended Web Sitesp. 282
Indexp. 287
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