The Don't Sweat Guide for Teachers: Cutting Through the Clutter so That Every Day Counts


Foreword by Richard Carlson, Ph.D.

Homework, report cards, and attendance. Teachers can get so bogged down by paperwork that often they forget why they teach. Published near the end of the school year, this guide is the perfect gift for teachers to remind them how they can change students' lives.

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Foreword by Richard Carlson, Ph.D.

Homework, report cards, and attendance. Teachers can get so bogged down by paperwork that often they forget why they teach. Published near the end of the school year, this guide is the perfect gift for teachers to remind them how they can change students' lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786890538
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 5/14/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 445,096
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 6.62 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Carlson, Ph.D.

Richard Carlson, Ph.D., was the author of the bestselling Don't Sweat the Small Stuff series. He passed away in 2006.

Kristine Carlson has a gift for creating lifelong relationships and is very dedicated to her family, friendships, and personal growth. She loves riding horses, running, and solitude. Richard and Kris were married for over 21 years. She lives in Northern California.


Richard Carlson, whose Ph.D. is in psychology, is considered one of the foremost experts in happiness and stress-reduction around the world. He is the author of fifteen popular books including the runaway bestseller, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and It's All Small Stuff, which was named the No. 1 bestselling book in America for two consecutive years, a feat never before achieved in publishing.

Dr. Carlson has become a worldwide phenomenon as well. His books appear in over 100 countries, resulting in over 40 million people worldwide reading one of the books in the Don't Sweat series. In 1997, he was chosen by People magazine as one of the most intriguing people to watch in the world and has been a popular guest on shows such as The View, Oprah, Today, and CNN.

Author biography courtesy of Hyperion Books.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northern California
    1. Education:
      San Jose State University, Pepperdine University; Ph.D., Sierra University

Table of Contents

Foreword 11
1. Be Who You Are 15
2. Be the Authority 17
3. Be Consistent 19
4. Establish Boundaries 21
5. Be Aware of Learning Styles 23
6. Seek Expert Advice 25
7. Know Your Limits 27
8. Take a Break 29
9. Share Your Interests 31
10. Reward Positive Behavior 33
11. Establish the Mood 35
12. Model Respect 37
13. Be Flexible 39
14. Create Surprises 41
15. Encourage Originality 43
16. Don't Ask for What You Won't Do 45
17. Foster Cooperation 47
18. Be a Student 49
19. Be Predictable 51
20. Accept Differences 53
21. Know Your Students' Non-Classroom Lives 55
22. Acknowledge Special Days 57
23. Earn Your Students' Trust 59
24. Vary Your Approach 61
25. Accept Moods 63
26. Respect Privacy 65
27. Be a Talent Scout 67
28. Delegate 69
29. Let Your Students Teach 71
30. Major on the Major 73
31. Make the Most of Diversity 75
32. Create Anticipation 77
33. Use Current Events 79
34. Acknowledge Trauma 81
35. Offer Alternatives 83
36. Invite Special Guests 85
37. Add Nature to Your Environment 87
38. Look for Field Trips 89
39. Rearrange Your Furniture 91
40. Create Challenges 92
41. Define Success in Several Ways 94
42. Be a Coach 96
43. Be a Friend 98
44. Be an Advocate 100
45. Make Your Students Your First Priority 102
46. Look for What You Can Love 104
47. Demand Respect 106
48. Promote a Learning Environment 108
49. Practice Patience 110
50. Seek External Support 112
51. Update Your Subject Matter 114
52. Be Open to New Ideas 116
53. Make Everyone a Winner 117
54. Seek to Understand the Administrator 119
55. Be Sensitive to External Trouble 121
56. Create an Environment of Safety 123
57. Be the Adult 125
58. Promote Bonds 127
59. Tolerate No Cruelty 129
60. Make the Most of Multimedia 131
61. Let Your Humanity Show 133
62. Share Yourself 134
63. Write Notes 135
64. Invite Student Offerings 137
65. Make Learning a Group Event 139
66. Develop Conversation Opportunities 141
67. Encourage Opinions 143
68. Recognize Effort 145
69. Promote the Underdog 147
70. Defuse Tension 149
71. Count to Ten ... Ten Times! 151
72. Practice an Open-Door Policy 153
73. Spell Out Consequences 154
74. Give Regular Feedback 156
75. Offer Amnesty 158
76. Give Credit for Corrected Work 160
77. Know Your Goals 162
78. Handle Problems While They're Small 164
79. Find One-On-One Time 166
80. Instill Goals in Your Students 168
81. Use Your Breaks 170
82. Acknowledge Your Own Needs 172
83. Remember Your Students' Competing Demands 174
84. Question Labels 176
85. Acknowledge Your Own Moods 178
86. Seize Opportunities 180
87. Create Benchmarks 182
88. Turn Failure into Learning 184
89. Find a Trustworthy Confidant 186
90. Do What You Say You'll Do 188
91. Start on Time, Finish on Time 190
92. Create Constructive Rituals 192
93. Regroup When You Need To 194
94. Lose the Savior Complex 196
95. Don't Be Tested by the Tests 198
96. Push the Paperwork off Your Desk 200
97. Apologize 202
98. Do Your Homework 204
99. Listen 205
100. Let Every Day Be a New Beginning 207
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