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Teaching Outside the Box: How to Grab Your Students By Their Brains [Paperback]

LouAnne Johnson
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August 15, 2005 0787974714 978-0787974718 1
From seating plans to Shakespeare, Teaching Outside the Box offers practical strategies that will help both new teachers and seasoned veterans create dynamic classroom environments where students enjoy learning and teachers enjoy teaching. This indispensable book is filled with no-nonsense advice, checklists, and handouts as well as
  • A step-by-step plan to make the first week of school a success
  • Approaches for creating a positive discipline plan
  • Methods for motivating students, especially reluctant readers
  • Strategies for successful classroom management
  • Suggestions for creating and grading student portfolios


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"Each teacher must have a toolkit of time-tested strategies that are effective with all types of students. Teaching Outside the Box is the unique resource that also acknowledges the importance of each teacher’s personal attitudes and beliefs about teaching. I am recommending this book to every teacher I know!"
--Gayle Robertson Jones, Safe and Drug-Free School Coordinator, Oklahoma State Department of Education

"LouAnne Johnson is an exceptional teacher who is unafraid to grapple with the untidy human realities of teaching and learning, and who is willing to share the secrets of her success with others. Teaching Outside the Box offers a wealth of important questions and answers that all teachers should seriously think about."
--Edward Pajak, director, graduate education, Johns Hopkins University

"As a student, I wish all teachers would read this book. If they put these strategies to use, school would be more fun. Teaching Outside the Box shows how you can be an awesome teacher if you just use some common sense, a little creativity, and a lot of caring."
--Liana Carsner, age 11, Tipp City, Ohio

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How to Bring Out the Best in Both Teachers and Students

From seating plans to Shakespeare, Teaching Outside the Box offers practical strategies that will help both new teachers and seasoned veterans create dynamic classroom environments where students enjoy learning and teachers enjoy teaching. This indispensable book is filled with no-nonsense advice, checklists, and handouts as well as

  • A step-by-step plan to make the first week of school a success
  • Approaches for creating a positive discipline plan
  • Methods for motivating students, especially reluctant readers
  • Strategies for successful classroom management
  • Suggestions for creating and grading student portfolios

"Each teacher must have a toolkit of time-tested strategies that are effective with all types of students. Teaching Outside the Box is the unique resource that also acknowledges the importance of each teacher's personal attitudes and beliefs about teaching. I am recommending this book toevery teacher I know!"
—Gayle Robertson Jones, Safe and Drug-Free School Coordinator, Oklahoma State Department of Education

"LouAnne Johnson is an exceptional teacher who is unafraid to grapple with the untidy human realities of teaching and learning, and who is willing to share the secrets of her success with others. Teaching Outside the Box offers a wealth of important questions and answers that all teachers should seriously think about."
—Edward Pajak, director, graduate education, Johns Hopkins University

"As a student, I wish all teachers would read this book. If they put these strategies to use, school would be more fun. Teaching Outside the Box shows how you can be an awesome teacher if you just use some common sense, a little creativity, and a lot of caring."
—Liana Carsner, age 11, Tipp City, Ohio


Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (August 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787974714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787974718
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Biography LouAnne Johnson

LouAnne Johnson is a former U.S. Navy journalist, Marine Corps officer, high school teacher, and the author of The New York Times bestseller Dangerous Minds. A native of rural northwestern Pennsylvania, LouAnne served nine years on active military duty first as an enlisted journalist in the Navy and later as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps where she earned awards for her work as a journalist and radio-tv broadcaster. 

While on active duty, LouAnne earned a B.S. in Psychology. Following her honorable discharge, she attended graduate school to earn a Master of Arts in teaching English. In 1989, LouAnne began teaching reading and writing to non-English speakers as an intern at a high school in California. Two years later, she was appointed department chair of a special program for at-risk teens. During the government evaluation of 10 similar pilot programs, LouAnne's group was rated first in academic achievement, increased self-esteem, and student retention.


In 1992, she wrote a memoir My Posse Don't Do Homework, about her experiences working with at-risk teens. The book was published in eight languages and was adapted for the 1995 box office hit "Dangerous Minds" starring Michelle Pfeiffer.


Since then LouAnne has continued to teach. She has taught high school English, adult ESL and Developmental Reading and is presently a full-time professor of teacher education at Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico.

LouAnne also continues to write. She is the author of seven nonfiction books, most recently Teaching Outside the Box: How to Grab Your Students by Their Brains.

Muchacho, LouAnne's first novel, was published by Knopf in September 2009. The narrator of Muchacho, Eddie Corazon, is a 16-year-old juvenile delinquent and "secret reader" who attends an alternative high school in New Mexico.

LouAnne has presented keynote addresses to the National School Boards Association, the American School Counselors Association, the National Staff Development Council, and the European Council of International Schools, among others. She has appeared on several TV shows, including Oprah, CBS Eye to Eye, and NBC Weekend Today.

LouAnne maintains a website that has direct links to many of the topics she discusses during her presentations.

www.louannejohnson.com

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144 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, pragmatic approaches for building a classroom September 10, 2005
By Teechah
Format:Paperback
I've already used some of the methods I found in Ms. Johnson's book, and share much of her general philosophy of working with kids from difficult backgrounds. Even after 10 years of being fairly successful at teaching "at-risk" kids I found that seeing the logic and reasoning of her approach on the page clued me in to many of the principles behind a successful classroom which I've used but never saw fully articulated on the page. It sounds bizarre, but I now have a better understanding of the "hows and whys" of what I do from reading her work. These are the tips that you didn't get in college regarding working with challenging older kids; it's both an intellectual and visceral approach to teaching that will help you avoid many confrontations with kids before they ever happen, and give you the understanding of how to handle the battles you can't avoid. Holding kids to high standards of behavior sends the message to your students that you believe that they are capable great things, but it can take years to build the skills a teacher needs to get to that point. This book is the blueprint for building a successful classroom.

There is also a lot here about understanding kids that have to return everyday to very difficult lives at home. Many teachers of kids with tough home lives fail because they never really understood the lives of the young people they were dealing with. Understanding the reasoning and emotions behind unreasonable classroom behavior is the key to minimizing it and surviving as a teacher and this book reminds us that these behaviors have roots in what these kids have to go through everyday.
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96 of 97 people found the following review helpful
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I followed Ms. Johnson's story ever since the movie based on her books and experience, DANGEROUS MINDS came out in 1995. I have had different careers, including secondary teaching. I have taught students with the same characteristics that she describes in MY POSSE DON'T DO HOMEWORK, GIRLS AT THE BACK OF THE CLASS and TEACHING OUTSIDE THE BOX.

Out of all of the resources about methods of teaching, TEACHING OUTSIDE THE BOX tops my list of the greatest. 95 percent of the other resources like Harry Wong's THE FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL always assume that every teacher has no more than 20 students in the class and that most students are highly motivated and respectful of all of their teachers. Ms. Johnson, on the other hand, addresses the "what if your methods do not work"? She describes endless specific examples of what exactly a teacher could do if a teacher has more than 40 students in a class and it seems like no one is listening or on task.

While Ms. Johnson offers some of her fabulous lesson plans like on ROMEO AND JULIET, she also explains psychological theories of possibilities why difficult kids and even difficult adults behave the way they do.

I also love how this terrific resource includes the letter that Ms. Johnson sends to all of her students. She further printed actual letters from kids and adults asking her for her advice, which I found both entertaining and tear jerking. The question that 10 year old "Big Momma" wrote and Ms. Johnson's reply was hilarious!

Even if you are not a teacher, counselor, or other educator, I highly recommend TEACHING OUTSIDE THE BOX.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem for teachers old and new! December 12, 2005
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This book is a must for beginning teachers and for pros who need new ideas. It combines street smart practicality with the creative thinking we need to reach kids today. I plan to use it immediately in my university level teacher training courses and recommend it highly to the teachers I work with in the field. We do need to teach outside the box to make education meaningful for today's adolescents. LouAnne Johnson understands that and her book will make it possible for more teachers to get there.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NEW TEACHER TOOL August 13, 2008
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I had high hopes when I purchased this book but was sadly disappointed. It really is a good book for either new teachers or those who work in urban settings. I am not new to teaching nor do I teach in an urban area so I was not able to put my reading to good use. I think there is an abundance of great advice for those new to profession so I would recommend this highly to them. If you have taught for several years you probably already implement the recommendations in the book. While some of the book could be applied to any grade level, most of it is geared toward middle or high school. This also was contrary to my personal needs but may be quite useful to others. So, new teachers, urban teachers, and teachers of grades 6-12 will probably find this book rather useful. Others might want to keep looking for something else that targets their needs more directly.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST books about education July 11, 2006
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When I got this book, I couldn't put it down! I stayed up late to read the entire book. I cannot wait to put some of the ideas into practice in my own classroom this fall. There are a few ideas that I don't agree with (not having seating charts, etc), but there are parts of every book that someone will not agree with. Overall, I would say that 95% of this book was extremely helpful. This book was an easy read and I would highly recommend it for any teacher, old and new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book!
I love reading LouAnne Johnson's books, and this one is fantastic. She includes a lot of practical advice and examples of things she herself has tried, and I'm sure I will be... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amanda Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of good stuff!
Great book - especially for newer teachers, but as a veteran, I still found all kinds of good ideas! Good to skip around and read sections relating to issues in the classroom.
Published 10 months ago by msbex
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be mandatory for all teachers
For years, I've been floating along, feeling a certain way about my classroom discipline but not finding a lot of support among my "old-school" colleagues. Then, I read this book. Read more
Published on June 15, 2012 by Christy
1.0 out of 5 stars A Complete Waste
I thought this book was something so different so maybe that's my fault. I was thinking that it would be about brain based learning and NEW techniques to have students become... Read more
Published on March 11, 2012 by alikinds
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product
This was just as describe. Will buy again if needed. 5 star rating. Received in a timely fashion and exactly what I needed.
Highly recommend!!
Published on December 15, 2011 by lamberd
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS BOOK!
This book, written by the author of Dangerous Minds, is an inspiring and wonderful book. Every time I finish it I think "I wish she was my teacher! Read more
Published on September 4, 2011 by Bookity
5.0 out of 5 stars Helping Teachers Help our Special Needs Children
Book was purchased for our daughter-in-law who is a Resource teacher in the California schools system. She was very thankful to receive the book.
Published on February 27, 2011 by Marvin
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Education Book
I purchased this book last year along with quite a few others. I started to read it and the book seemed like it was written in the 1950's. Read more
Published on July 28, 2010 by Ali
4.0 out of 5 stars More for beginning teachers...
While this book is informative, it is written more for a teacher who is just starting out. Additionally, some of the information is often found in the education classes offered at... Read more
Published on July 26, 2010 by Layla !
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what it claims to be
This is more an attempt at inspiring teachers than a how-to book with actually practical suggestions. Only taking away one pre-reading tip and one discipline tip. Read more
Published on July 20, 2010 by middle school English teacher
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