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978-1-57886-816-2 • Paperback • July 2008 • $63.00 • (£48.00)
978-1-57886-888-9 • eBook • July 2008 • $59.50 • (£44.00)
Marc R. Major was a teacher and mentor in Colorado and California. He is now a consultant and trainer with Clearwater Strategy, LLC.
Chapter 1 Cultivating a Classroom Culture
Chapter 2 Who Are Your Students?
Chapter 3 Preparing for the First Week of School
Chapter 4 Communication Essentials
Chapter 5 Classroom Management I (Prevention and Minor Trouble)
Chapter 6 Classroom Management II (Chronic and Severe Trouble)
Chapter 7 Other Survival Tips
Major?s book is an exceptionally well written, easy to follow guide with wonderful narrative and research and solid advice that teachers need without qualification. It is motivating and positive, with lots of examples and lots of help for the first yearteacher in particular. It includes excellent chapters on the critical subject of classroom management, with many recommendations for things teachers need to know and practice so they can get through the classroom management hurdles of the first few yearsand see the beauty of teaching...In fact, anyone in public education who avails himself or herself of Major?s practical advice will automatically become a better teacher. An awesome achievement...
— David Cluff
Indeed the ideals of mutual respect and care central to Major's definition of positive classroom culture recur thematically throughout Classroom Dilemmas and Practical Solutions. Chapters and sub-chapters on teacher-parent, teacher-administrator, and teacher-staff interactions are imbued with real-world examples and suggestions that emphasize the significance of communication, understanding, and patience in the teaching enterprise. Ultimately, Major reminds us of the need to constantly evaluate thequality of all human relationships within the schooling context; a need that is common to all teachers...
— Brian R. Sevier, PhD
What strikes me about the book is the author?s ability to weave pedagogy and practicality into an accessible text. The narrative and real-life examples via an anecdotal lens present a balanced picture of the realities?including the risks and pitfalls—-associated not only with the new teacher, but with seasoned teachers as well.
— Emily Richards-Moyer
[This is] a great book...[The author has] provided a comprehensive guide to teaching that?s heavy on compassion. I?m confident that teachers and their students will greatly benefit from the thoughtful pieces on tolerance and bullying. Every classroom teacher should read it....
— Sandra Goins
Inspiring, refreshing, sparkling and practical! New and veteran teachers alike, and others who read Marc Major's book will recognize that creating and managing a classroom culture conducive to student success is paramount in preventing and minimizing disruptions. It is a refreshing alternative to traditional texts. It sparkles with reader-friendly, researched-based and thought-provoking ideas; sprinkled throughout are meaningful charts, graphs, and illustrations. True to its title, this book depicts exemplary and real dilemmas and solutions for solving management issues. Readers will gain a multitude of practical ideas.
— Debra J. Anderson