Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tradebook Tips for Teachers from Dacia Moore

The National Writing for Children Center is a showcase for children’s book authors and illustrators. Each month, they showcase up to 12 authors and/or illustrators to let children, parents, grandparents, teachers, librarians, and others interested in the world of children’s literature know about these artists’ wonderful new children’s books. I'm excited to be a host for their Author Showcase and welcome everyone to day three of Dacia Moore’s 6-day NWFCC April Author Showcase tour as she presents Why Are So Many Students Angry? Strategies for Dealing with Today’s Angry Youth

Now, I'll pass this post on to Dacia as she presents tradebook tips for teachers regarding her book, Why Are So Many Students Angry? Strategies for Dealing with Today's Angry Youth...

With Why Are So Many Students So Angry? as your guide, you can take on frustrating classroom disruptions such as conflicts in the classroom, angry and disrespectful attitudes, bullying, classroom misbehavior, cyber-bulling, and more.  My book is easy-to-understand and shows you how to replace your student’s troublesome behavior with positive new behaviors.  The result:  a calmer classroom, increased academic time and more learning! 

The layout of the book is easy to read and has four sections.  Section one entitled Knowing Who and What You Are Dealing With looks at the how generational influences, technology and community violence have affected today’s students.  Section Two – Taking Positive Steps When Dealing with Angry Students looks at anger, classroom conflicts, misbehavior and bullying and gives you practical strategies to reduce the negative effects of this behavior.  Part 3 - Taking Care of Yourself as Well as Your Students will help you to “keep your cool” under pressure.  And the last section, A Primer on REBT for Middle and High School Counselors, was written especially with school counselors in mind.  This chapter gives you strategies to help de-escalate conflict from a therapeutic perspective. 

At the end of each chapter I have included a section for Personal Reflection and lessons learned.  In true workbook fashion I want you to be able to directly apply the information in each chapter to your situation.  The process of reflecting on the material read and applying to your individual circumstances will help you to incorporate the new strategies immediately!

One example of a practical strategy that you can use is included in Chapter 4 – Dealing with Anger Inside and Outside the Classroom.  In this chapter I talk about a basic anger management tool – the Anger Meter.  The Anger Meter is a scale from 1 – 10 with 1 signifying a state of calm and 10 signifying the angriest a student has ever been.  You explain the Anger Meter to your class in an attempt to help your students become more aware of their feelings.  This is the first step to any behavioral change - awareness.  The Anger Meter will help students become more aware of the level of their anger so they can begin to be more proactive in their behavior.  There are many other suggestions that I give in this chapter for using the Anger Meter in addition to the above suggestion. 
You can be really creative with the use of these tools and the end result will be an easier to manage classroom!

Thanks so much to Dacia Moore and the National Writing for Children Center for sharing these tradebook tips!

Follow Day 4 of Ms. Moore's tour tomorrow at

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