What’s the #1 selling book in the ‘Classroom Managment’ category of Amazon.com? Give up? Well, as of today, I’m proud to say, it’s my ‘Reluctant Disciplinarian.’ You can have the content for free, however, on YouTube. I posted the workshop I presented at TFA institutes from 1995 to 2004.
Here’s proof of the milestone
Here’s a link to the list if you don’t believe it. (It might drop out of #1 by the time you look, but it will still be up there pretty high, I hope)
It chronicles my first two years of teaching. The first year was pretty bad, which is why, I guess, TFA doesn’t acknowledge the existence of the book. (Though the New York City Teaching Fellows buys a copy for every Fellow) Even though I went on to teach for a long time, I guess there are a lot of CMs who have similarly bad first years and then quit after that year or leave after having a better second year, and TFA doesn’t want to give their critics fuel. I think that giving the ciritcs fuel is OK as long as the book also helps new CMs avoid what happened to me.
Here’s the YouTube player. It’s an hour. If you’re in a rush, just watch parts 3, 4, and 5 for the main points.