- Paperback: 150 pages
- Publisher: Outskirts Press (June 26, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1478752459
- ISBN-13: 978-1478752455
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,600,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That's Special: A Survival Guide To Teaching Paperback – June 26, 2015
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From the Author
˃˃˃ From the Author
Layered in all the ridiculous stories are real experiences you might encounter, which I pair with practical, functional tips. These tales are the product of inner city pressures and many social dilemmas. We can't solve all of the world's problems. We can help a child in our community. We can laugh at their silly mistakes, and we can learn through our failures. Just as we teach our students to learn though their failures, new teachers can feel overwhelmed and need to know many teachers have had similar experiences. Few people told me I would cry myself to sleep or admit that I failed. Yes, I failed and learned more through the challenges. Challenges are good; they help you grow. My hope is you can take a lesson from this book to improve your teaching or parenting.
About the Author
˃˃˃ About the Author
Dan Henderson was recruited in his late twenties to serve as an elementary school teacher in an inner city school in the United States. Day two of teaching involved being spit on, cussed out, hit, and generally abused by the students he was trying to help. Dan's collection of stories span three different inner city schools. He recalls how things went awry and provides tools anyone can use.
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That's Special is a series of humorous and sometimes uncouth tales of out of control kids gone wild in the classroom. Each story is about a unique problem child Dan was faced with, and how he dealt with the situation. Being asked to take charge of the "special-ed" students, Dan was put in a room with the children that the other teachers couldn't handle. None of the kids in this book were disabled or mentally ill in any way, they were just normal kids with behavior problems who didn't respond well to standard teaching methods.
Dan does an excellent job of explaining each child's motivation for the bad behavior and provides strategies for earning the child's respect, while inspiring the child to learn more about the topics that interest them.
I highly recommend this book for any teacher or parent who is struggling with their children or who would like to add some strategies to their teaching toolbox.
I checked Amazon and it looks like this is Dan's first book, so I hope he keeps writing. I docked one star because the prose was repetitive/disorganized a few times, but it didn't distract much.
If you're thinking about becoming a special-ed teacher, you HAVE to read this book. Dan tells it to you straight. Anyone interested in child psych should get a kick out of the book too.
Humor helps capture your attention with introductory scenarios for each general topic and draws you in with anticipation of "how in the world is this going to turn out?!"
I occasionally teach adults and these extreme behaviors make my hair stand on end in comparison to the classroom issues I face.
If you see typos, I think the editors were lax. Ignore them and absorb the wisdom that permeates this inspirational book.
I recommend this book highly.
Each chapter begins with a scenario from a classroom experience and is followed by helpful Teaching Tools. Often guide books only highlight what the issues are and fail to include ways to solve the problem. One of the best features of the book are the questions and very sound advice to help you better interact with students.
Bravo, Dan! We need more teachers with a good sense of humor like you.
The way Dan breaks the book down is also well done, as along with telling his own story and experiences, he also gives the reader tools on how to handle similar situations themselves.
Also, the book gives you a great laugh, as I am sure there are many other teachers/parents who have been through some of wild scenarios Dan has been in, and almost anyone can relate!
Dan’s writing style is refreshing and straight from the heart. His honest approach takes the readers into the world of an inner city school teacher as he negotiated tough predicaments all while maintaining a sense of humor. As a first time parent myself, I can relate to some of the stories in Dan’s book which leave you utterly speechless! There is no hand book or training that can prepare you for every single scenario in dealing with kids however Dan’s work game me some very useful tips and suggestions which I plan to implement.
Most of all, the book gave me hope and reminded me that I am not alone in the quest to raise my son. Can’t wait to read more from this author.