Every teacher knows who the class clown(s) are, as does every assistant principal, guidance counselor, and administrator in the school building. Reaching and teaching class clowns, however, requires instructional strategies rarely, if ever, taught in college or in-service workshops.
Until now! Author William Watson Purkey offers readers this lively, informative, and concise guide to teaching class clowns. Whether teaching elementary, middle school, or high school grades, every teacher will find something of value here to help these gifted but at-risk learners find the right way to succeed in school and in life.
William Watson Purkey is professor emeritus of counselor education at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and co-founder of The International Alliance for Invitational Education (R). A noted author, researcher, speaker, and leader, Purkey has authored nearly 100 articles and more than a dozen books.
Foreword by Sally Butzin Preface Acknowledgments About the Author 1. Appreciating Class Clowns Introduction The Case for Class Clowns Having Fun as a Teaching Strategy Breeding Ground for Professional Comedians Who Is a Class Clown? The Value of Cheerfulness Encore 2. Understanding Class Clowns. Humor Brain Drain Friendly Clowns and Hostile Clowns Friendly Clowns Hostile Clowns Class Clown Relationships The Art of Clowning Tribulations of Class Clowns Signature Tendencies of Class Clowns Encore 3. Investing The Value of Investing How to Teach Class Clowns Through Investing Share Responsibilities Form Triads Spotlight Talent Modify the Grading System Encourage Special Interest Groups What Class Clowns Can Teach Us About Investing Any Attempt Is a Victory If it's Worth Doing, It's Worth Doing Poorly Be a Rubber Ball Encore 4. Asserting The Value of Asserting How to Teach Class Clowns Through Asserting Be Positive With Directives Use No-Cut Contracts Promote Civility Involve Clowns in Decisions What Class Clowns Can Teach Us About Asserting Keep a Sense of Humor Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously Challenge Authority Promote Democratic Values Encore 5. Relating The Value of Relating How to Teach Class Clowns Through Relating Use Inclusive Pronouns Brighten the Classroom Build Class Spirit Conduct Field Studies Play That Funky Music What Class Clowns Can Teach Us About Relating Savor Every Moment Enjoy Life Fight Fair Encore 6. Coping The Value of Coping How to Teach Class Clowns Through Coping Keep the Volcano From Erupting Listen to the Ice Follow the Six C's What Class Clowns Can Teach Us About Coping Capitalize on Bad Moments Count on Serendipity Find Humor in Frustrations Be Suspicious of Hearsay Conclusion A Final Encore Bibliography Index