A Compass for the Classroom: How Teachers (and Students) Can Find Their Way & Keep From Getting Lost

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Overview

In a sea of quick-fix reform fads and NCLB pressures, this powerful guide transcends the latest educational movements and political whims, providing an enduring new model for reflection.

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Editorial Reviews

Mara Sapon-Shevin
"This book helps us find our way back to a place where loving, caring adults nurture students to be their best. The authors help us recover schools as places of honesty, integrity, and hope. "
Mara Sapon-Shevin
"This book helps us find our way back to a place where loving, caring adults nurture students to be their best. The authors help us recover schools as places of honesty, integrity, and hope."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412906258
  • Publisher: Corwin Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: 1-Off Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Noah ben Shea is one of North America's most respected and beloved poet-philosophers, and a source of strength to millions around the world. He is the international best selling author of 20 books translated into 18 languages, including the famed Jacob the Baker series. He has spoken and taught at the best universities; served as a Dean at UCLA, visiting lecturer at MIT and The Fuqua Graduate Business School at Duke University, guest professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Francisco Medical School, and a Fellow at several long range think tanks including USC's Center for the Humanities, and the esteemed Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions.

If you "Google" his name you find over 25,000 websites tied to his work. Noah ben Shea's inspirational thoughts are branded with some of North America's largest companies, dramatically impacting the workplace, and have appeared in hospitals, banks, on sugar packets, apparel, teddy bears and on over 30 million Starbucks Coffee Cups. His weekly columns on life were published for five years by the New York Times Regional Syndicate, and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He has spoken at the Library of Congress, is included in the Congressional Record, been published by Oxford University Press, and the World Bible Society in Jerusalem.

A highly sought after public speaker, he is also a private advisor to corporate and political leaders, serves as an Ethicist for the The Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, was nominated for the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas that Improve the World Order, and in 2007 his work in Russian translation won 1st Prize at the European Intellectual Book Fair in Moscow. Noah ben Shea is also the Nat ional Laureate for the ALS Association.

Now you can also have inspirational quotes from Noah ben Sheadelivered dailydirectly to your inbox, via twitter, or on Facebook.

Robert Di Giulio is Education Professor at Johnson State College in Vermont. He earned his Ph.D. in human development from the University of Connecticut, and recently earned his D.Ed. in socio-education from the University of South Africa. He began his teaching career in the New York City public school system, where he taught for a number of years. His 33-year career as an educator includes teaching at the elementary, middle, junior high and college levels, with experience ranging from crowded urban schools to a one-room schoolhouse. He has also served as a school principal educational researcher, consultant, and writer.

As an educational consultant, he co-developed Teen Test, a vocational counseling program for adolescents. He coauthored educational computer software called Language Activities Courseware and authored its teachers guide. His Teacher magazine article The Guaranteed Behavior Improvement Plan was recognized as having one of the highest total readership scores of any of that magazines articles.

He has authored numerous books including When You Are a Single Parent, Effective Parenting, Beyond Widowhood, and After Loss, selected by Readers Digest as their featured condensed book in May 1994. He is a contributing author to The Oxford Companion to Womens Writing in the United States, and Marriage and Family in a Changing Society, and is the coauthor of Straight Talk about Death and Dying.

Most recently, he has written Nonviolent Interventions in Secondary Schools: Administrative Perspectives, a chapter in Peacebuilding for Adolescents: Strategies for Educators and Community Leaders, edited by Ian H. Harris and Linda R. Forcey. Dr. Di Giulio's most recent books are Great Teaching: What Matters Most in Helping Students Succeed, Educate, Medicate, or Litigate? What Teachers, Parents, and Administrators Must Do About Student Behavior, and Positive Classroom Management: A Step-by-Step Guide to Successfully Running the Show Without Destroying Student Dignity, both published by Corwin Press.

Dr. Di Giulio's interests include international education, child behavior, and teacher education. He won a 2002-2003 Fulbright Scholar Award to the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland. He was a Delegate to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) 2003 Conference on Teaching and Learning for Intercultural Understanding. Dr. Di Giulio is also a member of the Vermont Society for the Study of Education, and serves on the Project Harmonys Advisory Board on Education Programs. He resides with his family in northern Vermont.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
Part I: A Compass for the Classroom: The Concept
1. A New Compass
2. Why We Need a Compass
3. Why We Need a New Compass
4. Why We All Need a New Compass
5. Instructions for People Who Don't Do Instructions
6. How the New Compass Works
7. The New Compass: Day to Day
Humility
Honesty
Love
Faith
8. May You Go From Strength to Strength
Part II: A Compass for the Classroom: The Application
9. A Compass to Guide Teachers
10. Why a Compass for the Classroom?
11. What a Compass for the Classroom Provides
12. Points of the Compass
North: Toward Humility
Guiding Statements of Humility
The Compass Point of Humility in Practice
East: Toward Honesty
Guiding Statements of Honesty
The Compass Point of Honesty in Practice
South: Toward Love
Guiding Statements of Love
The Compass Point of Love in Practice
West: Toward Faith
Guiding Statements of Faith
The Compass Point of Faith in Practice
13. Checking Your Compass: Four Checklists for Self-Assessment
Compass Assessment
Compass Checklist Instructions
North Checklist: Humility Indicators
East Checklist: Honesty Indicators
South Checklist: Love Indicators
West Checklist: Faith Indicators
14. Putting It All Together
References

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