When Teaching Gets Tough:
Smart Ways to Reclaim Your Game
Allen N. Mendler
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About This Book
Are you overwhelmed by unruly students, difficult parents, and never-ending classroom distractions? Are you tired of scavenging and pleading for basic school supplies? Do you wonder if anyone notices or cares how much effort you put into teaching every day? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is for you.
When Teaching Gets Tough offers practical strategies you can use to make things better right away. Veteran educator Allen Mendler organizes the discussion around four core challenges:
- Managing difficult students.
- Working with unappreciative and irritating adults.
- Making the best of an imperfect environment.
- Finding time to take top-notch care of yourself.
When Teaching Gets Tough is there when you need help to reclaim and sustain your energy and enthusiasm for teaching. Written with a deep understanding of the issues that teachers face every day, the book also includes sections for administrators who want to help teachers stay at the top of their game.
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Reviews and Testimonials
"Al Mendler has done it again, writing the right book at the right time. His usual style of explaining concepts and providing ample practical suggestions, strategies, and techniques is blended to reach all educators. This is a must-read book not only for teachers who are having difficulties, but for all educators who wish to become even better at what they do: educate children."
—Richard Curwin, director of the master's program in behavior disorders at David Yellin College and author of Meeting Students Where They Live: Motivating Urban Youth.
"The book contains practical solutions to some common problems but also serves as a reminder as to the importance of attitude, why we are teaching and the importance of taking care of ourselves."
—Valerie Booth, Science Teacher, Eerie, Pa.
"Making it through the tough times as educators is not about being a 'good teacher' or 'bad teacher.' It's about preparing, planning, and practicing, and choosing to see and celebrate success, both our own and that of our students. When Teaching Gets Tough does an amazing job of conveying that mind-set and showing you exactly how to put it into practice in your classroom."
—Angela Watson, education consultant, New York, N.Y.
This review first appeared in The Cornerstone blog.