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1 …or is it?

2 How did you handle your frustration with your peers and superiors? As challenging as students can be, adults sometimes try teachers patience more than the kids do. After all the kids are supposed to be wired backwards!

3 What conflicts did you have with adults this year?

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11 Lest you think Im trying to be warm and fuzzy, theres a book that will validate what has just been presented.

12 Book Review Remember: Teachers ADAPT. They dont ATTACK! 12Julius Zuke 2011




16 Main Points of the Book: 1.Accountability became a huge deal in America by mid-twentieth century. 2.Rules, laws, and procedures were put in place to avoid corruption, to ensure fairness, and to protect people charged with keeping things fair. 3.If everyone in this country received all of the rights that were due to them, they would get 374% of what was due to them. 4.Accountability does not necessarily guarantee that a goal will be met; sometimes it only means that someone followed procedure, even though the goal was not met. 5.If only we have enough laws, rules, and procedures, we may one day stumble upon the perfect way to get things done, Sound familiar????

17 In short:

18 Therefore… If you want your ship to come in, you must build a dock. Anonymous By perseverance the snails reached the ark. Charles Haddon Spurgeon Henry David Thoreau Shall a man go and hang himself because he belongs to the race of pygmies, and not be the biggest pygmy that he can? We conquer by continuing. George Matheson It is wrong to expect a reward for your struggles. The reward is the act of struggle itself, not what you win. Even though you can't expect to defeat the absurdity of the world, you must make that attempt. That's morality, that's religion. That's art. That's life. – As quoted in The Complete Phil Ochs : Chords of Fame (1978) by Almo publications

19 How did you handle your frustration with your students?

20 How many rules, exactly, did you have in your classroom?

21 How many of the rules were honored by your students? Why or why not?

22 If you were a student in your own classroom, would you want to go inside, knowing what the rules were?

23 A Real Life Comparison






29 Still want to go?

30 How many rules, exactly, were there? How does this make you feel?

31 How many of the rules do you think the patrons of this establishment obey? Why or why not? How great an effort must the employees put into enforcing the rules?

32 If you were a potential customer, would you want to go inside, knowing what the rules were?

33 A Simpler Way…

34 The Four Agreements Julius Zuke 201134 Ruiz, Miguel. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide To Personal Freedom. San Rafael, Calif.: Amber-Allen Pub., 1997. Print. Be impeccable with your word Don't take anything personally Don't make assumptions Always do your best

35 Be impeccable with your word. Julius Zuke 201135 Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the work to speak against yourself or to gossip about other. Use the power of the work in the direction of truth and love.

36 Dont take anything personally. Julius Zuke 201136 Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you wont be the victim of needless suffering.

37 Dont make assumptions. Julius Zuke 201137 Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

38 Always do your best. Julius Zuke 201138 Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self- judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

39 And then teach procedures… Printing Food Acceptable Use Idleness Lavatory Sharpening Pencils Using Computers Browsing for Books Borrowing Books Disposing of Waste Pushing In Chairs Asking for Help Fighting with Others Logging In Saving Work Computer Malfunctions Alternative Medicine 39Julius Zuke 2011

40 Protect youself! Stock up on gambits!

41 Get gambits from this document: ongwood/sped313/cdis.html ongwood/sped313/cdis.html gam·bit/ˈgambit/Noun 1. (in chess) An opening in which a player makes a sacrifice, typically of a pawn, for the sake of some compensating advantage. 2. A device, action, or opening remark, typically one entailing a degree of risk, that is calculated to gain an advantage. You really need to read this. 41Julius Zuke 2011

42 Examples of Gambits Refuse to respond (wipes away the payoff) Give the eye. Teacher proximity Name dropping Secret signal with student I-messages Granmas lawyou do what I say, then you get what you want Three part messageJohn, I want you to stop hitting Tanya and return to your seat. 42Julius Zuke 2011

43 Have the student repeat the offending act until he is sick of it Do the unexpected Turn out the lights Play a musical sound Lower your voice; make them strain Talk to the wall Cease teaching Scan the room Sit down on the job. Pick up a book and start reading Ask the offending student a direct question 43Julius Zuke 2011

44 Ask a favor Change a students seat Thinking chair Allow voice and choice Meet and greet students at the door to assess their moods. I cant control you, but I can hold you accountable. Remove the audience Table the matter. Schedule a conference. Fog the matter. 44Julius Zuke 2011

45 Agree with the student (and what is your point?). Change the subject. State both viewpoints. Refuse responsibility. Dodge irrelevant issues. Are you done? Unless you have something new to add, Im finished with this conversation. Call the bluff. 45Julius Zuke 2011

46 Time out in the classroom Time out in another classroom Who squad I like you, but you still need to… OK, if you promise to do this, but you dont, what can we agree upon as a consequence? You are right. Mr. Jones does allow food in his classroom, but… Let me sit down and tutor you… You can do this. Let me help. 46Julius Zuke 2011

47 Teach procedures for becoming unstuck. Use sequence charts. Make mistakes OK. Focus on past successes. Recognize achievement. Make learning personal. 47Julius Zuke 2011

48 How did your classroom arrangement work out?

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51 Time Management

52 The What-If Box WHAT IF I DONT DO THIS? 52Julius Zuke 2011

53 Garbage Can 53Julius Zuke 2011

54 To Do List TodayThis WeekAs Able 54Julius Zuke 2011

55 Safe Place 55Julius Zuke 2011

56 Calendar 56Julius Zuke 2011

57 Scheduling Flukes Testing Assemblies Half-Days Field Trips Unpredictable, but you know theyre coming! 57Julius Zuke 2011

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