"The book has many fine qualities―chief among them is a very desirable structure for helping teachers organize and maintain classrooms in which students are likely to flourish. This book goes a long way toward helping teachers acquire that competence." (C.M. Charles, Professor Emeritus 2007-05-11)
"Takes Gardner, Covey, Tomlinson, and wraps them all together in an approach that I find very motivating." (Karen Kersey, Second-Grade Teacher 2007-05-11)
"Contains information that is vitally important for the success of any classroom." (Julie Duford, Fifth-Grade Teacher 2007-05-10)
"Gives us a format that we can develop into a philosophy or goal for our classrooms so our students become enthusiastic about learning. I could barely put this book down until I finished it. In fact, I am recommending it to my principal." (Debbie Halcomb, Fourth-Grade Teacher 2007-05-10)
About the Author
Steve Reifman has been an elementary school teacher for more than 13 years. During that time, he has earned National Board Certification, traveled to Japan as a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar, and completed two master’s degrees. He has experience working with students in all of the elementary grades, and he has taught in both public and private schools. Currently, Reifman teaches third grade at Roosevelt Elementary School in Santa Monica, California.
Ever since reading William Glasser’s The Quality School at the beginning of his career, his primary interest has been in the field of quality control. Reifman has read extensively in this area, has created and led numerous professional development courses, and has attended many conferences and workshops. Specifically, the focus of his work in the classroom has involved defining quality in student-friendly terms, measuring it, and creating the conditions where all students are empowered to reach their full potential and appreciate the joy of learning.