For those who want a Dream Class...

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  1. TeachGA

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    I went to his website to skim through everything and ended up staying on it for about an hour. :whistle: Bought it for my Nook! Thanks for the recommendation!
     
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    The more I look at this website, the more I want to go buy the book. I'm pondering it. I'm going to see if we have it in the professional library at school first though.
     
  3. heavens54

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    Everything that he says sounds so clear and simple. That's why I love him and his teaching philosophy so much. It is all based on common sense. He inspires me to be a better teacher.

    I found this just before school started last year. I followed his plan to a letter. I had NO behavioral problems in my classroom. As I explained to the parents, " My rules rule ". They had no arguements with that. I LOVE his homework plan. It is maybe the favorite tool of his. But when I think about it, there are so many tools that I use now. I manage my room with confidence and it shows. I also had very little parent problems. I knew what I was doing. If I ran into a snag, back to the website to find out what I was doing wrong. I found almost all of my answers on there.
     
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    I decided to e-mail Michael my question. If I get a good answer, I will buy the book:D
     
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    Do you think the book is appropriate for early childhood education? The articles I read seemed like they were for older kids.
     
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    More buying conundrums! I am loving the sound of this book too! Sadly, I don't think this is carried at my B&N, so I am obligated to find it in a library or buy it. Lovely.
     
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    I am so impressed. I have now read the entire weblog. :)
     
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    Ms. Jasztal, I teach a 4/5 combo and find his teaching style very helpful. I think his methods apply to all grades, but his ideas about humor and responsibility have a big impact during these years. Younger grades maybe wouldn't get the humor. I just love his strategies for the teacher and how to remain calm and in charge. He has helped me stay the course even when things appeared to be falling apart. So true...

    I'll look through Dream Class and quote a few things that I highlighted...
     
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    Does this book address the behavioral needs of students with ADD/ADHD? I have two on my roster for next school year.
     
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    Perhaps your media teacher (librarian?) can purchase the book for the school's professional library - you get first dibs reading it!
     
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    Only two? Lucky you!
     
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    No such thing. :(
     
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    I understand that there is a section on special needs in the book. I would think that ADD/ADHD would be considered part of the general population though, as almost every class has a few students with that diagnosis, so the information provided in the book would be pertinent to these students..

    I e-mailed the author about my student with autism this morning and he e-mailed me back this evening stating that he is on holidays and will return my e-mail at a later date. I'm sure if you would like to know if it is worth your buying the book, I would e-mail him and ask.
     
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    I agree. I learn something new and it really helps my overall management plan. My go to is Dream Class though. If I had to choose one it would be this book. I like his style and his positive good natured attitude towards the job and the students...it helps me be the same.
     
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    I posted this in the wrong place last week...

    This is an example from his website.

    The book isn't specific about special ed students. You would need a different book for that information. There could be articles on his website that address this. Have you checked? The website is more detailed, while the book discusses the Dream Class in general terms. The book, I believe, is more about the teacher's perpective and attitude, where the website is more specific about students...I set up my room last year without having read the book. The book is the icing, but a person can get quite a bit of information from just the website and that is free.

    I posted this on the wrong post. This one also...

    Here are two things I underlined in the book; He has three boxes that say check, recheck and check again. Then he writes, "Each time the students checked their work, they would put a check mark in the corresponding box. After checking the last box, they would approach the front of the room where I placed a plastic inbox on a table. On the flor, five feet in front of the table I affixed the length of masking tape about three feet long. The students would stop at the tape and make a final decision." I'll paraphrase the rest; if they felt satisfied that they had the test 100% correct or as close to is as they could get, they could turn it in. If not, they would go back and fix the nagging problems. I love this and will use this because so many of our mistakes are careless errors. This method really makes the student think about their choices on the test and gives them multiple chances to self corret.

    And this, he would tell his students it is his job to teach them and make sure they have the best, the most fun and exciting lessons. It is their job to listen, learn and practice what is being taught with their best efforts. So true.

    It is like the website, not earthshattering stuff, but so helpful to review and make habits that I practice each day...

    Sorry about that. Hope this helps...
     

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