In a no-holds-barred, candid delivery, Straight Talk to Teachers: Twenty Insane Ideas for a Better Classroom drives directly to the core of what makes an extraordinary teacher, and presents an honest appraisal of why some teachers fail. Bruce J. Gevirtzman speaks to teachers, about teachers, and for teachers. He says, 'This book will provide readers with a hearty laugh-but it also may cause some of them to scream. Rarely does anyone talk about the best ways of helping teachers to become better, because these truths are sometimes scary.' Gevirtzman is convinced that our greatest teachers are hard working, emotionally well adjusted, and incredibly enthusiastic-about their students, their subject matter, and their jobs. By telling it straight, this book can make a huge difference in the way teachers go about their work.
Bruce J. Gevirtzman has taught English and coached baseball in the same high school for 36 years. He is the author of An Intimate Understanding of America's Teenagers: Shaking Hands With Aliens.
1 Introduction: The Truth May Drive You Insane... 2 Pinch Out a Little Gratitude; You're a Teacher, Man!... 3 Prefer Professionalism... 4 Emote Passion For What You Teach... 5 Stay Off Your Tush... 6 Spotlight Reality: If It Doesn't Matter, Don't Teach It... 7 Entertain An Acting Requirement... 8 Internalize Affection For the Kids; Love 'Em Up!... 9 Strive To be (Gulp!) Fair... 10 Communicate With Even the Ugly Parents... 11 Immerse Yourself in the Extra, Without Going Under... 12 Breathe, Pace, Chill... 13 Nourish Thyself: Keep Stuffing Your Face... 14 Connect With Comrads-in-Arms... 15 Enroll Yourself Back in (Yikes!) School... 16 Plan According to Specifications: Your Own... 17 Strategize Under a Core Umbrella... 18 Observe-and Then Take It With a Grain of Salt... 19 Cultivate a Sense of Humor... 20 Learn a Foreign language... 21 Juice Up Your Personal Life... 22 FINALLY: Hey, Mr. G., When Are You Gonna' Retire?... 23 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 24 BIBLIOGRAPHY