Something funny: Third Graders and One Class Bunny by Philip Doone: This author is more than a teacher, he is one hilarious guy. He depicts the nitty gritty facts of having a classroom full of eight to nine year olds who sometimes do not know the meaning of the word, good manners. The reading is light and set as anecdotes in every chapter. I love how he also provides some tips on how to teach creatively on a budget. Since his school does not give funds for additional educational materials such as a globe, board games, books and toys, he confessed to going on garage sales, haggling prices and even fighting another teacher who was eyeing the same things he wanted to buy. The best thing about him is that he loves kids.
Something informative: Fundamentals of Nursing by Kozier or Patterson: Why something nursing again? Well, you have to know the enemy–er–your students so you can be an effective teacher. I learned from working with kids that they have different developmental needs. The babies want a sense of security from adults around them, the elementary kids need a sense of structure and organization, and the teens need to have their passions astir so they won’t get bored. The Fundamentals book can be replaced with a child psychology book, with no preference over any book because almost anything will do. I recommended the Kozier or Patterson because I think we need to go back to the basics every once in a while, and because reusing them doesn’t hurt our pockets one bit.
Something heavy: The First Days of School: How to be an Effective Teacher: This is the bestselling manual for teachers both young and old. It was named to be also very effective because of its practical tips with some inspiration thrown in. I consider this as something heavy because of its widespread use by most schools in most states. The updated version even contains a kind of workshop and worksheets, a teacher’s most beloved tools.
Something inspiring: Reluctant Disciplinarian: Advice on Classroom Management From a Softy who Became (Eventually) a Successful Teacher: I can relate to this one. As a Sunday School teacher, I can be very lenient with most of the kids. Chaos and more chaos usually accompany our class. Somehow, what I visualized as the outcome of the lesson I prepared the night before do not always match up with reality. I have to juggle children who want to volunteer as assistant teachers but ended up as being the role model of how kids should not do. I get that at times, kids are kids but there should be boundaries and misbehaving role models definitely do not help. This book will definitely help me get in track, along with divine intervention, so that I will not end up getting burned out every time.
Something cute: Teaching Outside the Box: How to Grab Your Students By Their Brains: Let’s face it. Not every method works with every kid. This book will help make it easier with pre-designed checklists, hand-outs and awesome advice. This features methods anywhere from using Shakespeare to seating plans. Little pre-made things are a big help. Yehey for me and the rest of the teachers!
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