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Managing the Madness A Practical Guide To Understanding Young Adolescents & Classroom Management von Berckemeyer, Jack C. (eBook)

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Managing the Madness

Successful classroom management comes through patience and practice. In this updated edition of Managing the Madness, Jack Berckemeyer informs and boosts our instructional practices by helping us bring humor and compassion to our classrooms. Rooted in a clear understanding of middle school students and how to get the best from them, this new edition offers insights, hard-learned lessons, and tested ideas on -Knowing who your students are -Creating a safe, caring, and stimulating classroom -Developing engaging activities -Modeling social skills and proper behavior -Proactive versus reactive management -Workable intervention plans for behavior issues -Honoring student voices


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    Seitenzahl: 200
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781560902928
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Managing the Madness

Mr. Berckemeyer, I got a cool collection of cicadas off the tree in front of my house this morning-right here in this lunch bag! I promise I'll keep them in my backpack. If you teach young adolescents, the above question immediately sparks concrete, visual images. When you walk into a middle level classroom, you see: - All different sizes and shapes of bodies in an amazing assortment of well-chosen (or poorly-chosen) outfits. - An assortment of maturation levels-physical, cognitive, emotional, and social. - Fast-growing, fast-changing beings-part child, part adult. - Activity levels ranging from non-stop motion and chattering (squirrels on amphetamines) to lethargy and apathy or downright falling asleep (sluggish bears on Ambien®)-and that's just within ONE kid! - A mass of actions, issues, and attitudes from wildness to seriousness to boredom to eagerness to curiosity to skepticism to whining to drama to brilliance to hilarity. - An ambiance of wisecracks, crack-up humor, odors, and startling wisdom. For one thing, this classroom is never a dull place! It's wonderful, frightening, energizing, frustrating, delightful, surprising, and full of pitfalls and possibilities-but never dull! Did you want dull? Calm? Orderly? Ooops, you chose the wrong grade level! Whatever were you thinking? Manage This? "So, Jack," you ask, "you're saying I can manage this madness?" Yes! And, guess what? It is not a terrifying, horrible chore (well, not as often as you might fear). Okay, it's a challenge. But if you're working at this level, undoubtedly you already are brave (or emotionally unbalanced). And you already believe in kids this age and even want to be with them and probably-albeit perhaps secretly-enjoy them! Yes, you can have a classroom that your students and you look forward to entering. Because, you know what? As you might have picked up from my descriptions above, the "madness" is not a negative scenario. It's an awesome, dynamic bedlam that you can manage. And when well managed, the madness leads to caring relationships, a safe environment, superb creative accomplishments, top-notch learning experiences, heightened achievement, and a whole lot of fun for you and your students. You'll notice my deep love of middle level education and middle level students, and my long-time work in generating passion and superb teaching for this developmental level. In this book, I will often refer to "young adolescents." Because of the erratic nature of students' development in late elementary and post elementary grades, this term applies to a wide range of grade levels and ages (generally ages 10 to 15). Yet, even older adolescents have many of the same developmental characteristics as the group we've long referred to as "middle level." Because of this, the strategies and suggestions in this book are applicable to grade levels below and above official middle school grades-well into high school. My zeal for education that is geared to students' developmental characteristics and my work with students and educators, as well, extend to all grade levels. How to Manage? Now, colleges and universities do try conscientiously to prepare fledgling teachers to manage classrooms well. However, clearly this is one area of the profession that has to be learned and honed through a multitude of experiences. Successful management comes through patience and practice. Some of it is about trial and error. (Some seems to come from sheer, dumb luck!) But, it's not just "feeling your way along"-not at all. Managing the madness of living and learning with young adolescents is greatly assisted by teamwork with colleagues, quality mentoring, paying attention to good advice and examples from multiple sources, willingnes

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