10 thoughts on “Reluctant Disciplinarian

  1. says:

    A second edition to a decade old work, this book is a dichotomy presenting Gary Rubinstein s transformation from a teaching tyro into an effective educator.The earlier material drips of his hand wringing accounts of experimentation in the bifurcated business of good teacher or real teacher Although he attempts to cloak his examples in humor, the tenor of the incidents boarder on the criminal If yelling and desk slamming were actual incidences, it is a wonder that Rubenstein wasn t discharged b A second edition to a decade old work, this book is a dichotomy presenting Gary Rubinstein s transformation from a teaching tyro into an effective educator....


  2. says:

    So while my wife is reading books about the genealogy of anthropological theory, I m reading books with cartoons on the front Yeah, she makes fun of my graduate program.


  3. says:

    This is a really great book on discipline, especially for those of us who did not go the traditional route for our own teacher certifications Rubinstein, a former Teach For America corps member, has a wonderful voice and I gobbled up this book in a couple of sittings The book is very funny and I feel like he understands unlike many writers who have not been in the classroom for years or have only ever taught in suburban schools the students I deal with on a day to day basis He gives a lot o This is a really great book on discipline, especially for those of us who did not go the traditional route for our own teacher certifications Rubinstein, a former Teach For America corps member, has a wonderful voice and I gobbled up this book in a couple of sittings The book is very funny and I feel like he understands unlike m...


  4. says:

    I m giving this book five stars because I lived through Gary s first year of teaching with him, and the fact that he came out of it with a robust sense of humor is remarkable The author and I were first year teachers together in a middle school of 2,400 students on the ship channel in the Houston Independent School District in 1991 We were well meaning, but hopelessly underprepared by a then fly by the seat of your pants, fledgling organization called Teach for America While many of the kids I m giving this book five stars because I lived through Gary s first year of teaching with him, and the fact that he came out of it with a robust sense of humor is remarkable The author and I were first year teachers together in a middle school of 2,400 students on the ship channel in the Houston Independent School District in 1991 We were well meaning, but hopelessly underprepared by a then fly by the seat of your pants, fledgling organization called Teach for America While many of the kids were incredible, I still found that first year to be the most excruciating experience of my life Many was the day when I would have welcomed acute illness over darkening the door of my classroom Both of us survived and then later thrived as teachers Gary started fresh at a high school serving the same student population I moved to a top notch academic magnet across town and mostly loved it Today, I m working as a youth director of a large church What doesn t kill you makes you stro...


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    I m nearing the end of my 4th year teaching I often feel that my classroom discipline is an issue I m too nice let too many things slide until things are crazy As a result I lose not only instructional time, but lose some students that showed real promise In an effort to do better in the future, I have started my own personal goal to master or to at least greatly improve my classroom management This book is my first step in that direction What I found most helpful 1 This book helped I m near...


  6. says:

    It s hard to trust an author when he starts off by saying he never even wanted to be a teacher in the first place This author went through a two month training to be a teacher which does not qualify him to be a teacher I didn t like the first half or the last half of the book The middle parts had good advice, but it was advice that even I, being a third year teacher, know to follow He even mentioned college courses about teaching are not practical which he would know nothing about since he n It s hard to trust an author when he starts off by saying he never even wanted to be a teacher in the first place This author went through a two month training to be a teacher which does not qualify him to be a teacher I didn t like the first half or the last half of the book The middle parts had good advice, but it was advice that even I, being a third year teacher, know to follow...


  7. says:

    This was a great book if you are a troubled and struggling first year teacher It gives some great advice and helps you realize that you are really not alone He recounts not only his first year but his first couple years and really tries to help you learn through his mistakes And it is a fairly quick read too he adds some humor to it as well so you end up getting a good chuckle or two I ll let you know though, this isn t a book that is all about advice and that s not why I bought the book This was a g...


  8. says:

    yeah, finally picked this up even though they gave it to us at the beginning of training i m kind of shocked that the fellows program endorses this book, because it goes against a lot of what they taught us i.e doing class rules with your class, framing all the rules in the positive this book says that those things don t work and hey, he went through teach for america s boot camp, andit s interesting a ...


  9. says:

    i won this book through the giveaway section on goodreads i have been teaching for 6 years now and i could relate so much to this book i loved the different persona descriptions.many i ve seen first hand over the years but my favorite part was when he was comparing teaching in the movies vs teaching in real life.there were many parts to the book where i actually laughed out loud this guy s first year made me feel so badly for him and i thought his advice for new teachers was good advice i won this book through the giveaway section on goodreads i have been teaching for 6 years now and i could relate so much to this book i loved the different pe...


  10. says:

    I am a struggling new teacher, and I related to SO MUCH of what this book talked about Only problem This book was written by a teacher working with secondary students and I m working with preschoolers We are in astonishingly similar situations and I loved the humor in the writing, but much of the advice just wasn t applicable Some of it certainly was The ideas of being consistent and firm are ones I will be doing a much better job trying to implement So I highly recommend this bo...


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