This book is phenomenal for future educators. While the content is common sense, it is things that teachers often forget. Through reading this book, I have a better idea of things to do and not to do as a teacher. Every point that Whitaker makes is backed up by a real life event that he witnessed first hand. This truly is a sensational book that I will keep on hand throughout my many years of teaching!
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 13 years ago
I have a new found respect for teachers. I read this book for research purposes. I grew up with undiagnosed ADD and I made it all the way to the tenth grade rarely passing a class. To this day I do not know why or how I made it so far with such low grades. I have often wondered why teachers didn't care and how I got by. I have inattentive ADD, meaning I am not hyperactive in the physical sense. Therefore, in order to help others, I am researching the other side of the story and I must say, for my needs, Dr. Whitaker has given me a new found respect for the teacher profession. I had no idea what teachers go through and reading this lets me know, as a former 'bad' student, that teachers have a lot to overcome too. I thought he was right on when saying that teachers should think about how they treat their very best students and teach all of their students the same way. As an observer, who was ignored, and trust me, I wanted to be ignored, I always found it fascinating how two or three students would take up 80% of the teacher's time. I went ten grades before dropping out without ever a teacher taking any real concern for me (with the exception of second grade), some of the reviewers have said here that his ideas are common sense... if that's so, let me assure you from the perspective of a kid, with a very high IQ, who got by nearly all of his teachers with barely any consideration, that I don't see how these ideas are common sense. I think they are very valuable and if they had been followed by my teachers, I wouldn't have gotten away with it and would have been helped. That's just what I believe. It's a great book and I am impressed! I am the author of: One Boy's Struggle: A Memoir: Surviving Life with Undiagnosed ADD
A Treasure for ANY Teacher
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 16 years ago
This is an amazing book loaded with useful techniques from which ANY teacher will benefit. Teachers want PRACTICAL, and this book is definitely practical. Easy to read and easy to implement. Well done! A. Breaux
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