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Lesson Plans

re. good reading for us wild and crazy teachers

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Bunki Kramer (
Sun, 11 Aug 1996 13:13:28 -0700

Judy, and anyone else who's interested...I know of two books that make good
reading for teachers, new or experienced. Both are written for secondary
teachers primarily but good enough suggestions (and solutions!) for coping
in the classroom. The first one is WINNING YEAR ONE by Carol L. Fuery
(pronounced "fury"). This little book is about 4x6" and 119 pages but a
powerhouse packed with REALITY information and workable solutions to
problems we face everyday in the classroom such as secrets to winning the
games kids play, successful classroom management (again, this time dealing
with what REALLY happens in a classroom), discipline with dignity, rules
and reality, praising, dressing, winning attention (besides using a 2x4!),
motivating, etc. It's suppose to be for beginning teachers but I somehow
find the time to read it just before the beginning of each school year and
gets me motivated and "positive" directed. Because I wanted to tell you
all about it, I called the number in the back of the book and found I was
talking with the actual author this morning. Asked her if I could put it
out on the net and she said "yes". She does NOT have an e-mail address. If
you want any information and titles of her other books (one for subs,
another one titled ARE YOU STILL TEACHING?, and third, DISCIPLINE
STRADEGIES),call .......
Sanibel Sanddollar Publications
P.O.Box 461
Captiva Island, Florida 33924
Again, her name is Carol L. Fuery. She also gives seminars but I can't
speak to them as I've never heard one. I do know her writing is funny,
inspirational, and right-on-the-money! I can't say enough about this one!

Another book that hits the mark is called URCHINS AND ANGELS - Managing the
Middle School Classroom (by Phyllis P. Bray and Mary Jane Ousley) from J.
Weston Walch, Publisher, P.O. Box 658, Portland, Maine. Copyright is 1990
and ISBN # is
0-8251-1718-6...excellent for beginning teachers and oldies like me.

If you're going to buy just one of these, may I suggest the first one
because I think it is so perfect! So often I find books to give suggestions
for teachers but they are usually very "preachy" and offer no usable
solutions. Usually I read them and say, "Yea, right. Like I'm REALLY going
to try that!" or "That would never work with MY kids!"

Bunki Kramer
Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Road
Danville, California 94526