An Arrow in my Quiver

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[Originally posted March 14, 2002]

It’s no surprise that one of the major concern of new teachers is maintaining discipline, particularly if you plan to work in a “hard to staff” school. Oddly enough, though, I haven’t been overly concerned about discipline in general. I guess twenty years of dealing with lawyers, judges and sheriffs has left me confident of handling a classroom full of children. Still, I have worried about handling specific children: confrontational, violent, attention-grabbing or passive-aggressive ones. With those kids, the first confrontation can set the tone for the entire relationship. Yesterday, though, I found a very good book on the subject: Succeeding with Difficult Students: New Strategies for Reaching Your Most Challenging Students by Lee and Marlene Canter (Canter & Assoc., 1993). More

Moving On

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It’s been awhile since I updated this, and in the meantime, I attended a Reception for Accepted Fellows last Wednesday at LaGuardia High School. There were about 60 fellows, and we got some information about placement from two representatives from the Board of Education (it will happen in April or May; most of us will get invited to only one or two placement fairs; we may leave with a job offer, we may not.) More