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Horrible, unorganized mess
on April 30, 2009
Transitioning from college teaching to middle school teaching next year, I eagerly anticipated reading this book for some hands-on advice about discipline in the classroom. What I got was an unorganized mess that read more like a corporate handbook that offered very little in the way of actual advice (unless you consider gossiping with other teachers about students, gossiping with secretaries about other teachers, and wearing business formal dress, advice). If you really want practical advice about controlling a classroom, I would highly recommend Setting Limits in the Classroom by Robert J. MacKenzie. Not only is it a great book that shows you how to establish limits in your classroom by treating your students with respect and demanding the same in turn, it is chock full of examples. With it, I feel much more confident about entering a 5th grade classroom, and I noticed that it was also applicable to my college classroom as well (students only change a bit between 10 and 18, it seems). I'm not sure what Not in My Classroom would be useful for.