How to Deal With Teachers Who Are Angry, Troubled, Exhausted, or Just Plain Confused

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Use "Assertive Intervention" techniques to help difficult teachers become positive and energetic professionals!

  • Confront difficult teachers calmly and confidently
  • Conduct an Assertive Intervention
  • Improve interactions with troublesome teachers
  • Build a positive school culture

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Editorial Reviews

The School Administrator
"What a perfect tool for school principals . . . it is one of those books you will refer to again and again. [It] provides practical advice with examples of helpful scripts that can be used immediately, specifics on using assertive interventions with difficult teachers, 60 ways to inspire teachers to produce results, and case studies from experienced principals."
David Brom
"Easy to read, practical, full of ideas with instant utility for the practitioner in the field, grounded in reality..."
Scott Hollinger
"...the author thoroughly examines her topic, often supporting her text with checklists, assessment tools, and recipe-like how-to instructions. No reader can fail to find this material useful."
Carla Fry
"(For)...a new principal with eyes wide open or a seasoned principal that can relive every scenario. If they have been 'in the trenches' they can see the reality written into every page...The seven habits of attitude and action will now be posted on the back of my office door. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761938194
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 314,309
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaine K. Mc Ewan is an educational consultant with The Mc Ewan-Adkins Group, offering professional development for educators to assist them in meeting the challenges of literacy learning in Grades Pre K-6. A former teacher, librarian, principal, and assistant superintendent for instruction in several suburban Chicago school districts, Elaine is the award-winning and best-selling author of more than three dozen books for educators. Her Corwin Press titles include Raising Reading Achievement in Middle and High Schools: Five Simple-to-Follow Strategies for Principals, Second Edition (2006), Seven Strategies of Highly Effective Readers: Using Cognitive Research to Boost K-8 Achievement (2004), Ten Traits of Highly Effective Principals: From Good to Great Performance (2003), Making Sense of Research: What’s Good, What’s Not, and How to Tell the Difference (2003), Seven Steps to Effective Instructional Leadership, Second Edition (2003), Teach Them ALL to Read: Catching the Kids Who Fall through the Cracks (2002), and Ten Traits of Highly Effective Teachers: How to Hire, Mentor, and Coach Successful Teachers (2001).

Mc Ewan was honored by the Illinois Principals Association as an outstanding instructional leader, by the Illinois State Board of Education with an Award of Excellence in the Those Who Excel Program, and by the National Association of Elementary School Principals as the National Distinguished Principal from Illinois for 1991. She received her undergraduate degree in education from Wheaton College and advanced degrees in library science (MA) and educational administration (Ed D) from Northern Illinois University.

Mc Ewan lives with her husband and business partner, E. Raymond Adkins, in Oro Valley, Arizona. Between them, Elaine and Ray have five children, fifteen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

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Table of Contents

Who This Book Is For
Special Features of the Book
Overview of the Contents
A Matter of Definition
A Cautionary Note
About the Author
1. Seven Habits of Highly Effective Principals: How to Deal With Difficult Teachers
Seven Habits for Dealing Positively With Difficult Teachers
Summing Up
2. How to Conduct an Assertive Intervention: Tell It Like It Is
The Critical Attributes of Assertive Intervention
The Three Stages of Assertive Intervention
How to Conduct Assertive Intervention
Summing Up
3. Strategies for Dealing With Angry, Hostile, or Just Plain Tiresome Teachers
Understanding Angry Teachers
What Works and What Doesn't?
Kinds of Angry Teachers
How to Deal With Angry Teachers
A Case Study: The Critical and Mean-Spirited Teacher
Summing Up
4. Strategies for Dealing With Teachers Who Are Temporarily Troubled, Mentally Disordered, or Are in Trouble With the Law
Characteristics of Teachers Who Are Temporarily Troubled
Characteristics of Teachers With Mental Disorders
Characteristics of Teachers Who Are in Trouble With the Law
How to Deal With Teachers Who Are Temporarily Troubled
How to Deal With Teachers Who Have Mental Disorders
How to Deal With Teachers Who Are in Trouble With the Law
Summing Up
5. Strategies for Dealing With Teachers Who Are Exhausted, Stressed, or Burned Out
A Principal's Perspective
Sources of Energy
Factors That Sap Personal Energy
Characteristics of Exhausted Teachers
How Administrators Sap Their Teachers' Energies
How to Deal With an Exhausted School
Summing Up
6.Strategies for Dealing With Teachers Who Are Confused, Marginal, or Just Plain Incompetent
Characteristics of Instructionally Challenged Teachers
How to Deal With Instructionally Challenged Teachers
Summing Up
7. Sixty Ways to Affirm, Energize, and Empower Teachers
Resource A: The Communicator's A-Z Handbook
Resource B: The Culture-Builder's Toolkit

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