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Becoming a Win-Win Teacher


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About the Author Prologue: Why I Teach Introduction 1. Win-Win Teaching Part I: Commitment 2. Teaching as a Calling 3. Climate Advisory: Entering Win-Lose Territory Financial Realities It's Harder than it Looks Lack of Support Difficult Students, Difficult Parents Value and Status Issues of Autonomy and Discretion 4. Winning in a Win-Lose System: Why We Stay The Good News Touching the Future Feedback and Satisfaction in Service Variety, Joy, and Creative Expression The Power of Connection It Gets Easier 5. What to Pack: Your Personal Assets Part II. Survival 6. Assume Your Professional Identity It's About Time Stepping Up: You in a Leadership Role Looking Like a Teacher What Matters Most: Who You Are in the Classroom Life in a Fishbowl Protect Yourself 7. Understand Schools in Context The World Has Changed and Schools Have Not Kept Up Kids Are Not Who They Used to Be The Challenge of Change 8. Learn the System What you Need to Know Navigating Politics and Agendas Dealing With Toxic Environments and Situations 9. Build your Support Team The Value of Collaboration Finding an Effective Mentor Building Your Support Team PART III. Students 10. Make a Connection Disconnected Students The Value of Connectedness Connecting With Kids Beyond the Grade Book 11. Avoid Win-Lose Power Strategies Behavior Management and Teacher Preparation Our Most Beloved (and Persistent) Win-Lose Traditions 12. Create a Win-Win Classroom Relationships Structure and Routines Flexibility and Fairness Choices Asking for What You Want Positive Consequences Following Through Good Directions Recognition and Positive Feedback Keeping a Cool Head Offering Emotional Support Encouraging Problem Solving Build Community Instructional Issues That Impact Behavior PART IV. Self 13. Growing Your Career Growing What You Know Reflection Opportunities and Next Steps (When You're Ready) 14. Take Care of Yourself Feeling the Heat Your Health, Your Body, and Stress Seeking Balance Acknowledgments References Index

About the Author

Learn more about Jane Bluestein's PD offerings A dynamic and entertaining speaker, Jane Bluestein has worked with thousands of educators, counselors, health care professionals, parents, child care workers, and other community members worldwide. She has appeared internationally as a speaker and talk-show guest, including several appearances as a guest expert on CNN, National Public Radio, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Bluestein specializes in programs and resources geared to provide practical and meaningful information, training, and hope in areas related to relationship building, effective instruction and guidance, and personal development. Much of her work focuses on interactions between adults and children, especially children at risk. Her down-to-earth speaking style, practicality, sense of humor, and numerous stories and examples make her ideas clear and accessible to her audiences. Bluestein is an award-winning author whose books include Creating Emotionally Safe Schools; High School's Not Forever; 21st Century Discipline; Being a Successful Teacher; Parents in a Pressure Cooker; Parents, Teens, & Boundaries; The Parent's Little Book of Lists: Do's and Don'ts of Effective Parenting; Mentors, Masters, and Mrs. McGregor: Stories of Teachers Making a Difference; and Daily Riches: A Journal of Gratitude and Awareness. Bluestein's latest book is entitled The Win-Win Classroom. Formerly a classroom teacher in inner-city Pittsburgh, PA, a crisis-intervention counselor, a teacher training program coordinator, and a volunteer with high-risk teens at a local day treatment program, Bluestein currently heads Instructional Support Services, Inc., a consulting and resource firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


"If you're thinking about choosing teaching as a career, read this book. Becoming a Win-Win Teacher gives you the courage to lead, the power to innovate, and the perspective to find joy and success in this satisfying, sometimes frustrating, always honorable career. Bluestein has coached thousands of teachers from all states and countries around the globe. She has listened to their questions and spoken with their supervisors and colleagues. In this book, she shows that she knows what it means when beginning teachers stand in front of students those first weeks, `curriculum smart' yet `classroom shaky.' This book is a keeper." -- Leanna Landsmann, Author, A+ Advice for Parents
"Going from being a student to being a teacher is a huge transition, and Bluestein's information helps bridge this gap. The chapter activities give the opportunity for personal reflection, which is essential for developing confidence in teaching skills. The quotes interspersed throughout the book are inspirational for all educators and help keep a positive attitude during those less-than-perfect days. Becoming a Win-Win Teacher gives a novice educator every tool to help develop a successful career and professional identity. It should be in the hands of every educator." -- Suzanne Goodison, Principal

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