When Teaching Gets Tough: Smart Ways to Reclaim Your Game

When Teaching Gets Tough: Smart Ways to Reclaim Your Game

When Teaching Gets Tough: Smart Ways to Reclaim Your Game

When Teaching Gets Tough: Smart Ways to Reclaim Your Game

Synopsis

Are you overwhelmed by unruly students, difficult parents, and never-ending classroom distractions? Are you tired of scavenging and pleading for basic school supplies? Do you wonder if anyone notices or cares how much effort you put into teaching every day? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is for you.

When Teaching Gets Tough offers practical strategies you can use to make things better right away. Veteran educator Allen Mendler organizes the discussion around four core challenges:

• Managing difficult students

• Working with unappreciative and irritating adults

• Making the best of an imperfect environment

• Finding time to take top-notch care of yourself

When Teaching Gets Tough is there when you need help to reclaim and sustain your energy and enthusiasm for teaching. Written with a deep understanding of the issues that teachers face every day, the book also includes sections for administrators who want to help teachers stay at the top of their game.

Allen Mendler is an educator and school psychologist and the author of Connecting with Students and co-author of Discipline with Dignity, 3rd edition

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Excerpt

For the Teacher

Are there days when you feel overwhelmed by some combination of unruly or poorly motivated students, parents who either give you a hard time or simply aren’t to be found, and never-ending classroom distractions? Do you feel frustrated by burdensome meetings that accomplish little but eat up a ton of time? Are you getting tired pleading and scavenging for basic school supplies? Do you ever wonder if anybody notices or even cares how much effort you put out on a daily basis? Is there a knot in your stomach that tenses every time you hear faculty room chatter dominated by toxic colleagues bashing somebody or something? Do you often feel like a battered boxer, struggling to survive an onslaught of excessive paperwork and competing demands? Have you gotten to a point where you are fed up and think about quitting? Or have you emotionally left, but you hang on because you don’t know what else to do and you need to pay the bills? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this book is written for you.

In my 35-plus-year career as a teacher and a school psychologist, I have worked with thousands of students from preschool through high school, including those with just about every label . . .

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