Finding the potential in problematic students is challenging regardless of the setting: public school, private school, church clubs, youth groups, or Sunday school. In her book, Teaching Diamonds in the Tough, author Cleo Lampos reminds the reader on each page that every teacher possesses the power to shape a child's future.
Through illustrative episodes drawn from her teaching experiences, Lampos recreates the struggles, triumphs, and heartbreaks inherent in education. Undergirded with the belief that even the most incorrigible child can change if given affection, attention, and guidance, the author inspires educators with story, Scripture, quotes, and a suggested action plan. The challenge, according to Lampos, is to look beyond the rough exteriors of a student's attitude and behavior to their inner needs. Underneath may be a true Diamond in the Tough.
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Mrs Lampos's book has been written after more than 20 years of teaching in tough situations in Chicago. As a former teacher I share her view that all children have potential. They may have poor starts in life but that alone does not make them delinquents; it is a matter of finding what their problems are, what they're capable of and helping or motivating them to move forward in a suitable direction and achieve positive goals. Further, it is helping them to gain self-esteem, self-respect and responsibility toward self, others and community. In short, setting them off on a road for life as adults in society. This book is a collection of her experiences and ones which most teachers will identify with. She finds solutions through listening and showing understanding and tolerance. She adds quotes from educators in 'Chalk it up', relevant Scripture verses in 'Look it up' and a 'Lesson Plan' for further thought at the end of each story. A valuable book on any teacher's library shelf!
"I have never regretted the time spent with a child. It is an investment in eternity", says "Teaching Diamonds in the Tough" author Cleo Lampos. This summarizes the premise of this unique and inspirational little book. Written in short chapters that lend themselves nicely to devotional or meditation-type reading, the book encourages and challenges new and veteran teachers to make a difference in the lives of the students entrusted to their care. It is also short enough to read in a single sitting. Each chapter begins with a short reading followed by a brief menu of scripture, quotes from well-known educators, and a call-to-action or reflection. Lampos uses rich, descriptive prose which draws the reader into the world of teaching and dealing with children from hard places. Your heart will be broken with the stories of pain, abuse, danger, and hopelessness while, in a few pages' time, you will be challenged to make an impact on those students in your own sphere of influence. This small book is recommended for teachers--the new ones, the veterans, the discouraged, and those still with stars in their eyes. Special Education teachers and those who teach in very difficult circumstances will espeically enjoy it. Great for tucking into a basket of Christmas goodies along with some pampering products, a teacher's college graduation gift, or a back-to-school treat.