Totally Positive Teaching: A Five-Stage Approach to Energizing Students and Teachers

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Discipline problems, limited resources, crowded classrooms. Teachers face many issues each day that can wear down their love of education. How can they stay focused and energized day in and day out?

In Totally Positive Teaching, Joseph Ciaccio shares an approach that transformed him from a burned-out veteran teacher struggling joylessly through each day to a professional who has fun with his students, guiding them to success while enjoying the teaching process.

The conviction that people can adopt a new attitude is at the heart of Ciaccio's Totally Positive Approach. When teachers enter the classroom with an upbeat attitude supported by constructive teaching techniques, they can build trusting partnerships with students. Ciaccio describes five techniques for creating a daily positive learning experience that nurtures student achievement:
• Devise activities to meet the mutual needs of student and teacher.
•Change personal counterproductive feelings.
• Respond to behavior problems with self-discipline.
• Help underachievers become self-motivated.
• Develop instructional strategies to keep students engaged.

Ciaccio provides plenty of examples to illustrate how these techniques actually work in the classroom. He also includes dozens of strategies and tips for introducing the Totally Positive Approach and making it take hold in your own work.

When teachers use the Totally Positive Approach, students gain confidence, take control of their lives, and feel that they belong. Just as important, teachers enjoy enormous professional and personal growth, seeing with new clarity how their own attitudes and actions help shape the next generation. Totally Positive Teaching is an inspirational guide to approaching each school day with new energy, insight, and satisfaction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871208804
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
  • Publication date: 3/15/2004
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 1,469,083
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Meeting Mutual Needs
2. Changing Counterproductive Feelings
3. Ending Behavior Problems
4. Offering Total Acceptance
5. Helping Underachievers: Whole-Class Strategies
6. Helping Underachievers: Strategies for Individual Students
7. Using Active-Learning Strategies
8. The Totally Positive Approach in Action
Appendix: Sample Active-Learning Lessons
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2004

    How to Be a Great Teacher and Impact the Lives of Students

    Most educators want to become the kind of teachers that students will remember and look back upon as those who made a difference in their lives. In Totally Positive Teaching author Joseph Ciaccio says those educators who are remembered are positive about their profession, attaining satisfaction and joy as they teach. Students see and feel the difference in these teachers and experience teaching techniques that create a positive, fun learning experience that leads to their success. Ciaccio shares a five-stage approach that turned him from a burned-out seasoned teacher, struggling joylessly through the school year, to a positive professional having fun with students, guiding them to success. His sound techniques should not only work for the veteran or burned out teacher, they should also guide the beginning teacher toward a satisfying career. Ciaccio strongly believes in the five techniques that worked for him: ¿ Meeting mutual needs ¿ Changing counterproductive feelings ¿ Ending behavior problems ¿ Helping underachievers ¿ Using active-learning strategies He addresses each one in detail using many examples from the lives of teachers, demonstrating that they work, as well as supporting information from educational research. He includes numerous strategies and tips for using the Totally Positive Approach, so that teachers can replicate them in their work. Ciaccio¿s strategies are placed into a five-step plan that builds a great teacher ¿ one that students will remember. As Ciaccio says, ¿This is the educator¿s chance for immortality.¿

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