44 Smart Strategies for Avoiding Classroom Mistakes / Edition 1
Based on the observations of more than 200 instructors, this hands-on text presents finely honed strategies to help teachers create an environment for better teaching and learning.
About the Author
Carolyn Orange is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She teaches Psychological Basis of Learning, Learning and Development of the School Age Child, Human Growth and Development, and Psychology of Human Motivation. She has a PhD and Master of Arts degree in Educational Psycho logy from Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harris Stowe State College. She began her teaching career in the St. Louis Public Schools where she taught for a number of years. Her work as an educator has spanned about 25 years. That period includes some time that she worked for two corporations. She has worked as a researcher and educator in a variety of educational settings: elementary, secondary, English as a Second Language (ESL), Montessori, special education, adult education, art, and higher education. She has produced a video on self-regulation and has developed a Self-Regulation Inventory. She has published numerous articles in journals such as the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, The Journal of Experimental Education, The Roeper Review, Journal of Communications and Minority Issues, The Journal of Black Studies, The NASSP: Curriculum Report, and The High School Journal. In 2001, she was appointed to the review board of the Journal of Communications and Minority Issues. She is on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scout Council of San Antonio. She was included in Who’s Who in the World for 2005; Who’s Who Among American Teachers for 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2003; Who’s Who in America 2001, 2002, and 2003/2004. Her current research interests are envirosocial factors that affect student achievement. She is the author of 25 Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make and How to Avoid Them (2000) and Quick Reference Guide to Educational Innovations: xiv FM-Orange.qxd 11/12/2004 4:21 PM Page xv About the Author xv Practices, Programs, Policies and Philosophies (2002). 25 Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make and How to Avoid Them is a bestseller and has gained worldwide popularity. It has been reviewed in India and translated into Thai, Chinese, and Slovenian. She was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2004.
Table of ContentsPrefaceIntroductionAcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorSection 1: Expect the UnexpectedSmart Strategy 1: Those Who Fail to Plan, Plan to FailSmart Strategy 2: Develop Your Academic Sixth SenseSection 2: The Organized ClassroomSmart Strategy 3: Create the Well-Oiled Machine That Runs on Its OwnSmart Strategy 4: Harness the Paper TigerSmart Strategy 5: Design Soul-Stirring Learning EnvironmentsSmart Strategy 6: Creative Minds Can Be TidySection 3: Become a Friend of the FamilySmart Strategy 7: Seek Parents as PartnersSmart Strategy 8: Promote Parent Involvement Through Active InteractionSmart Stragegy 9: Use a Sandwich Cookie Model of Parent ConferencingSmart Strategy 10: Make House CallsSection 4: Raise Your Nurturance Index a Notch or TwoSmart Strategy 11: Love the Unlovable ChildSmart Strategy 12: Seek to Understand All of Your ChildrenSmart Strategy 13: Consider Special Ethnicity and Cultural IssuesSmart Strategy 14: Respect and Celebrate Student DifferencesSmart Strategy 15: Avoid Academic TraumaSmart Strategy 16: Empower the DisempoweredSmart Strategy 17: Practice Saying Yes Whenever PossibleSection 5: Balance Your Personal Assets and LiabilitiesSmart Strategy 18: Develop Strategies to Maximize Your Strengths and Minimize Your WeaknessesSmart Strategy 19: Shelve Your Emotional BaggageSmart Strategy 20: Use All of Your TalentsSection 6: Teach With a Slow Hand and a Gentle TouchSmart Strategy 21: Model and Expect Good Behavior From All ChildrenSmart Strategy 22: Courtesy Is ContagiousSmart Strategy 23: Make Punishment a Last ResortSmart Strategy 24: Be a Gentle CriticSmart Strategy 25: Treat Children the Way You Treat AdultsSmart Strategy 26: Be a Promoter of Positive BehaviorSmart Strategy 27: Use Logical Appeal as a Discipline StrategySmart Strategy 28: Catch Bees With Honey Not VinegarSection 7: Be an Edutainer: Educator + EntertainerSmart Strategy 29: Put Some Pep in Your Academic StepSmart Strategy 30: Pump Up the Volume of Student ParticipationSmart Strategy 31: Be Passionate About PedagogySmart Strategy 32: Strut Your StuffSection 8: Do a Three-Step to an Instructional BeatSmart Strategy 33: Conduct Your Own Diagnostic Clinic: Ascertain and Assess Student Skills and WeaknessesSmart Strategy 34: Prescribe an Effective Personalized Action PlanSmart Strategy 35: Promote Implementation of the Plan and Self-Regulated LearningSection 9: Seek to Inspire and MotivateSmart Strategy 36: Start With Yourself: Self-MotivateSmart Strategy 37: Showcase Each Child's Talents: Tap Into Multiple IntelligencesSmart Strategy 38: Rewrite an Ineffective Classroom ScriptSmart Strategy 39: Avoid Burnout: Rekindle the Joy of TeachingSmart Strategy 40: Teach Children to Love LearningSmart Strategy 41: Move Your Class to Action Through Discovery and InquirySmart Strategy 42: Take Your Children to Water and Make Them Want to DrinkSection 10: Do a Professional MakeoverSmart Strategy 43: Project a Professional Image: Avoid the Blue Jeans and Sneakers TrapSmart Strategy 44: Perfect Your Teacher Voice and Educator Countenance: Develop a Get-Down-to-Business DemeanorReferencesIndex