Sammy and His Behavior Problems: Stories and Strategies from a Teacher's Year

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In a flash Sammy darts his hands into the bin of CuisenaireĀ® Rods on my arm, pulling out an additional big double handful for himself. Quietly, I hold out my hand for Sammy to return his double handful. "Just a few, Sammy," I remind him calmly. As quickly as he had grabbed the rods, Sammy throws them at my face. Rods rain down. The look on Sammy's face shows that he's as surprised as I am. His classmates look stunned.

Thus begins Caltha Crowe's year-long journey with a challenging but charming third grader. Through rich and engrossing stories, complemented with journal entries sharing her doubts and struggles, triumphs and "Aha!" moments, this experienced teacher draws you into her "never quit" efforts to help Sammy gain control of his behavior so that he-and his classmates-can learn.

This book will give you strategies and structures you can use to help the "Sammy" in your own classroom. It will also tug at your heart and remind you of your best intentions in becoming a teacher.

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What People Are Saying

Vivian Gussin Paley
Caltha Crowe's straightforward and well-written account of how she learned to make sense of Sammy and help him succeed in school demonstrates all the necessary skills of teaching while preserving the magic and dignity of relationships. The author's faith in the power of friendship and fairness is a welcome beacon of light... (Vivian Gussin Paley, author of "The Boy on the Beach: Building Community Through Play")
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892989314
  • Publisher: Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/22/2010
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 576,852
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Part 1 Beginnings: The First Six Weeks of School

1 Getting to Know Sammy 13

2 Friends 23

3 Tantrums, Writing Struggles, and the Beginnings of Self-Control 36

Part 2 Settling In: October through December

4 Coaching for Success 53

5 Days of Peaceful Learning, Days of Turmoil 62

6 The Passion Study 77

Part 3 Growth in the New Year: January through March

7 Easing Back into the Rhythms of School 88

8 Progress in "the Friends Department" 99

9 Relationships with Other Adults 109

10 Moving toward Independent Learning 115

Part 4 The End of the Year: April through June

11 The Totem Pole Project 123

12 Celebrating Growth at Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences 136

13 Book Clubs 142

14 The Last Six Weeks of School 152

Epilogue 159

Acknowledgments 161

Resources for Further Learning 163

About the Author 167

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