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25 Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make and How to Avoid Them

Second Edition


June 2008 | 288 pages | Corwin

"This book will make you laugh, make you shake your head in disbelief, and keep you amazed. Most important, this book will help you become a more enlightened and effective educator as you gracefully sidestep difficult situations by remembering the practical lessons within these pages."
—Jennifer Brooks, Fourth-Grade Teacher
Olmos Elementary School, San Antonio, TX

Avoid common teaching mistakes and acquire positive strategies and approaches!

All teachers make mistakes, but when those missteps involve students, they can have negative effects for years to come. This second edition of the bestseller by Carolyn Orange offers reflective scenarios and insights to help teachers learn from examples of undesirable teaching techniques and find better ways to address challenging or stressful classroom situations.

25 Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make and How to Avoid Them, Second Edition, includes newly updated scenarios containing real student voices and teacher vignettes, as well as the author's prescriptions for better solutions. Drawn from many years of teaching experience, each prescription is aligned with sound educational theory and provides a dash of humor to help the solution stick. The book is organized into six sections, covering:

  • Discipline
  • Teacher-student relations
  • Classroom policy and practices
  • Classroom management and instruction
  • Personality and professionalism
  • Teaching style and behavior

Excellent for staff development workshops and seminars, preservice and inservice teachers, and teacher leaders and mentors, this book's real-life examples offer valuable professional lessons while helping teachers better understand the responses and feelings of their students.


 
Foreword
 
Preface to the Second Edition
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
Part I. Discipline
 
1. Mistake 1: Inappropriate Discipline Strategies
 
2. Mistake 2: Physical Aggression
 
3. Mistake 3: Purposeful Alienation
 
4. Mistake 4: Public Ridicule
 
Part II. Teacher-Student Relations
 
5. Mistake 5: Favoritism
 
6. Mistake 6: Physiological Discrimination
 
7. Mistake 7: Personal Attacks
 
8. Mistake 8: Inappropriate Teacher-Student Relationships
 
9. Mistake 9: Deliberate Mistreatment
 
10. Mistake 10: Racial and Cultural Differences
 
11. Mistake 11: Humiliation
 
Part III. Classroom Policies and Practices
 
12. Mistake 12: Inappropriate Classroom Policies
 
13. Mistake 13: Inappropriate Toileting Practices
 
Part IV. Classroom Management and Instruction
 
14. Mistake 14: Inappropriate Educational Strategies
 
15. Mistake 15: Inappropriate Assessment
 
Part V. Personality and Professionalism
 
16. Mistake 16: Teacher Insensitivity
 
17. Mistake 17: Academic Shortcomings
 
18. Mistake 18: Poor Administration
 
19. Mistake 19: Teacher Reputation
 
20. Mistake 20: Teacher Misjudgment
 
Part VI. Teaching Style and Behavior
 
21. Mistake 21: Teacher Bias or Expectations
 
22. Mistake 22: Unethical Behavior
 
23. Mistake 23: False Accusations
 
24. Mistake 24: Inappropriate Reactions
 
25. Mistake 25: Sexual Harassment
 
Part VII. Teacher Confessions of Worst Treatment of a Child: Their Motives and Feelings
 
Epilogue
 
References
 
Index

“This book will make you laugh, make you shake your head in disbelief, and keep you amazed. Most important, this book will help you become a more enlightened and effective educator as you gracefully sidestep difficult situations by remembering the practical lessons within these pages.”

Jennifer Brooks, Fourth-Grade Teacher
Olmos Elementary School, San Antonio, TX

"Examines and creates awareness of the social and psychological implications of teachers’ responses to students. The author provides real-life scenarios and purposeful commentaries addressing these interactions."

Anissa Pennick, Counselor
Burke Elementary School, San Antonio, TX

"I was able to reflect on my own teaching experience and actions, which resulted in a conscious effort to be more positive with my students."

Nicole D. Anderson, Second-Grade Teacher
Crestview Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
Key features
  • An updated edition of a popular guide for novice and experienced teachers
  • Helps teachers understand the responses and feelings of their students
  • Shows all teachers how to avoid common mistakes

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