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Every survey of teachers that's ever been conducted has shown that the number one reason for them staying or quitting their jobs is related to the quality of their work environment. Here's a book with practical strategies for how to make the job of teaching easier and more rewarding by overcoming day-to-day frustrations. Veteran educator Allen Mendler offers easy-to-use strategies that immediately help overcome four core challenges:
- Difficult, disruptive, or unmotivated students with or without a sense of entitlement.
- Little support and appreciation from colleagues, administrators, and parents.
- Lack of resources to do the job most effectively.
- Inability or unwillingness to make yourself a priority.
Included in this guide for teachers, teacher leaders, and administrators in every grade and subject are dozens of can't-miss strategies including:
- How to conduct a two-minute intervention with problem students.
- Thirteen ways to set students up for success.
- Why to stress ideas, not personalities, in discussions with colleagues.
- Thirteen ways to get and keep parents' support.
- How to use students, colleagues, and parents as resources.
- Mental and physical activities that help you stay positive and healthy.
(ASCD Premium, Select, and Institutional Plus Member book, April 2012) 6" x 9", 192 pages.
Also available as an E-Book!
Book Reviews of When Teaching Gets Tough: Smart Ways to Reclaim Your Game
"Al Mendler has done it again, writing the right book at the right time. His usual style of explaining concepts and providing ample practical suggestions, strategies, and techniques is blended to reach all educators.
"This is a must-read book not only for teachers who are having difficulties, but for all educators who wish to become even better at what they do: educate children."
—Richard Curwin, Director of the master's program in behavior disorders at David Yellin College and author of Meeting Students Where They Live: Motivating Urban Youth.
"The book contains practical solutions to some common problems but also serves as a reminder as to the importance of attitude, why we are teaching and the importance of taking care of ourselves."
—Valerie Booth, Science Teacher, Eerie, PA
“Making it through the tough times as educators is not about being a ‘good teacher’ or ‘bad teacher.’ It’s about preparing, planning, and practicing, and choosing to see and celebrate success, both our own and that of our students. When Teaching Gets Tough does an amazing job of conveying that mindset and showing you exactly how to put it into practice in your classroom.”
—Angela Watson, Educational Consultant, New York, NY
This review first appeared in The Cornerstone blog.
When Teaching Gets Tough “I highly recommend When Teaching Gets Tough as a practical guide to have on your bookshelf as you start the school year. Pick it up and look through it as the year progresses to remind yourself that part of your best practices are about sustaining yourself.”
Reprinted with permission from The Educator’s Room blog.