Gamesmanship for Teachers, a must-read from working educator and author Ryan A. Donlan, provides a much-needed shot-in-the-arm for veteran teachers who are inarguably on top of their game, yet are currently bludgeoned by the many nonsensical notions in No Child Left Behind. Great teachers, now working in a much-maligned profession, can give themselves a pat on the back for great work. In this book, teachers discover the power of uncommon sense that this author shares with respect to pedagogy, politics, and the personal health of professionals. This book is a respectful blend of 'by-educator/for-educator straight talk,' game sharpening strategy, and a celebration of why great teachers went into education in the first place and why they should stay.
Ryan A. Donlan, a charter high school leader for at-risk students, is also a university instructor, board member of a non-profit organization, and owner of a communications consulting LLC.
Part 1 No Teacher Left Behind Chapter 2 Gamesmanship Chapter 3 Straight Talk and a Prelude to the Gray Cloud over Education Chapter 4 Getting a Proper and Just Handle on Oneself, One's Village, and One's Place in the Universe and the Gray Cloud Chapter 5 What Our Journey Entails Part 6 A Discussion for Seasoned Professionals Only Chapter 7 What Are We Seeing in Our Newbies? The Wrong Reasons to Teach Chapter 8 Thinking Back on Our Professional Beginnings, Why Did We Want to Teach? Chapter 9 Never Smile until November? ... Not! Chapter 10 What Is a Student: Philosophically, Theoretically, and Practically Chapter 11 Your Role as a Teacher Leader Chapter 12 Direct Advice that Teacher Leaders Can Use as Institutional Caretakers Part 13 Through a Side Door in a School that's Not about Us Chapter 14 When Parents Enable Chapter 15 Instant Messaging for Parent Meetings Chapter 16 "It's Not about Us" Chapter 17 More on "Student as a Product": Education's Raw Material Chapter 18 Cherising Those Baby Steps Chapter 19 The Most Important Furnishing in a Classroom: Hope Chapter 20 One's Teaching Load, a Clairvoyant Perspective Part 21 Sharpening the Scythe for Healthier Teaching Chapter 22 Teachers as Surgeons Chapter 23 In the Trenches Now ... the Toolbox Chapter 24 Power and Brain-Compatible Elements Chapter 25 The Brainbox Chapter 26 Absence of Threat Chapter 27 Choices and Adequate Time Part 28 The 101s of Professional Supervision and Evaluation Chapter 29 Look-Fors for Principals Chapter 30 The Look-Fors You Don't Want Chapter 31 Professional Evaluation Part 32 Making Your Life Easier through "Your Domain" Chapter 33 Organizational Effectiveness through Student Responsibility Chapter 34 The Grab Bag for Maintaining Order Chapter 35 The Grab Bag for Placing the Responsibility of Learning and Succeeding On Students Chapter 36 The Grab Bag for Minimizing Interruptions Chapter 37 The Grab Bag, Wrapping Up Chapter 38 Room Decor Part 39 On the Road Again Chapter 40 Professional Development (PD) and Conferencing Chapter 41 People Watching at Conferences Chapter 42 When You're the Presenter Part 43 The Healthier You: A Light Heart Lives Long Chapter 44 You Call It Efficiency or Multitasking, I Call It Burnout Chapter 45 A Glowing Ember Is Easily Rekindled Chapter 46 A Healthier Perspective on the Much-Maligned, Yet Uniquely Lovable Lounge Lizards Chapter 47 Raconteurs in Lounges and the Follies of Leadership Chapter 48 The Leaders We Need Chapter 49 Conclusion: What Will Come from the Briar But the Berry?