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The Lighter Side of Classroom Management

The Lighter Side of Classroom Management

October 2006 | 96 pages | Corwin

"These are gems. The humor is on target and the cartoons are often visionary in their insights."
—Arthur Chikofsky, Continuing Education, College of Staten Island

As educators, we often take ourselves a bit too seriously, so veteran educator and illustrator Aaron Bacall offers a little perspective with these lighthearted cartoons. Whether used as overheads for staff development meetings or as an individual break in a busy day, this collection of whimsical glimpses at classroom management provides moments for laughter and adds a little levity—and poignancy—to your workday.

Intended to amuse, inspire, and reveal the simple truths that surround us, these illustrations are ideal for

  • Staff training days
  • Conference presentations
  • Classroom lectures
  • Community meetings
  • Internal communications

and they will continue reminding us that we can laugh at almost anything!

About the author:
Aaron Bacall's works have appeared in many publications: The School Administrator, Technology & Learning, The New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, and Reader's Digest. He has worked as a teacher, a principal curriculum writer for the New York City Board of Education, an antibiotic research chemist, and now as a full-time cartoonist and the coordinator of medical programs in continuing education at the College of Staten Island in New York. Three of his cartoons are now part of the Baker Library's Historical Collections Department of The Harvard Business School.

"A delightful collection of cartoons drawn with a practiced pen and a sharp eye for the hidden humor inherent in managing a classroom of students."

William Yenna, Professor
Kingsborough Community College

"These 84 humorous glimpses into the art of classroom management are gems.  The humor is on target and the cartoons are often visionary in their insights. This is the perfect book for anyone involved in managing a classroom of students."

Arthur Chikofsky, Director of Fee-Based Programs
College of Staten Island

This is a fabulous resource, but I will not include it as part of my students' required reading simply because of cost. I'm considering it as a book that I will draw on and direct them to for stress relief and getting back in touch with their humanity in the midst of the stress of student teaching.

Mrs Tanya Chartier
Education Dept, Davidson College
October 18, 2012
Key features
  • Clever ways to add humor to presentations and meetings
  • Offers humor and levity for the times when you need it most

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ISBN: 9781412927024