Cushman, whose well-received Fires in the Bathroom covered high school students, teamed up with psychologist and Tufts professor Rogers to explore how to teach middle school students more effectively. What's a teacher to do when she's trying to be so nice and they're setting fires in the bathroom, a high school student had asked in the first volume. Much of the material that Cushman gathered (from 40 students in five cities) is about basic classroom skills. Teachers should listen carefully to what's on their students' minds and put the currents in your classroom to good use, rather than work against them, the authors advise. Be strict and be nice, they say, which is hard, but walking that line is one way you show that you are on your students' side when it comes to helping them learn. Cushman and Rogers quote frequently from their student panel, helping readers grow accustomed to their ways of expressing themselves, and include several self-evaluation worksheets for teachers. While there's little new, for teachers fresh out of college and headed for inner-city classrooms, this book may be a useful resource. (May)
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Great and quick read. Gives insight to what middle school students are thinking.Published 4 months ago by Patricia R. Garcia
I had heard hype about this text and was disappointed. Only anecdotes are shared and no mention of strategies to help. Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by Jared R. Rawlings
A great perspective to consider as a teacher, I got it for my classroom management class. It was great going back into the eyes of a middle schoolerPublished on January 18, 2013 by nina
We are using this book for our professional book club. We have had some very good discussions and some of the issue.Published on December 6, 2012 by A. Kressly