Sunday, February 21, 2010

#21- I am SO BUYING this book!!!

I was perusing a few education blogs this afternoon (yes, I do read other blogs!! They are great ways to get ideas) and came across one that advertised this book. The title, Dream Class- How to Transform Any Group of Students into the Class You've Always Wanted, caught my eye right away. I mean, c'mon, ANY GROUP, ALWAYS WANTED...those are some big guns there!!

I immediately began reading review after review of this book...and then headed over to Amazon for a little sneaky-sneak!! Wow! Could it be true...or is it another flash-in-the pan educational theory...or worse yet, a GIMMICK to sell books? Well I am not going to waste any more time pondering that..I just jumped right in with both feet, and ordered it.... AND paid for 2-day shipping...I am so cheap I NEVER pay for 2 day you know I gotta be really excited about this book.

Now you know I am going to read it from cover to cover and give it a review right here on the blog, but in the mean time, let me share a little bit about what is in the book (a la bullet format)

According to the Author's is some of what you’ll learn…
if you buy AND read the book of course.

  • The single most important trait all great teachers share.

  • How to build leverage with your students so they’ll want to behave.

  • Exactly (step-by-step) how to transform a difficult student.

  • How to create a memory map for your students so they’ll know exactly what to do and how to do it well during every minute of the school day.

  • How to eliminate the distractions that cause misbehavior.

  • How to build influential relationships with your students.

  • Why a certain segment of students (40%) require learning strategies most teachers are unaware of.

  • How to give praise that inspires, uplifts, and motivates.

  • How to get your students do exactly what you tell them to do.

  • How to raise test scores dramatically without teaching to the test.

  • The single most effective teaching strategy.

  • How to develop mature, independent students.

  • How to get students to take responsibility.

  • How to lower your stress and get more enjoyment out of teaching.

  • How to improve learning, retention, and performance.

  • How to build confidence and academic self-esteem.

  • How to reduce tattling to almost zero.

  • How to strengthen your authority.

  • The one thing every teacher should do to get students to love school.

  • Why most teachers rely on strategies and techniques that actually increase bad behavior.

  • How to dramatically increase parent involvement.

  • A simple change that will improve student behavior immediately.

  • Why most teachers are undermining their own success.

  • How to be a teacher that fellow teachers, parents, and students respect and admire

Wow, that seems like a magic potion or silver bullet of some sort...and there is really only one way to find out if it will work. Yes, I am going to read the book, try what it says to do and see if any of it works. I hope I am not disappointed!! It does say it has a 100% money back guarantee...and don;t you worry...if it don't work..I will be getting my money back!!!

DISCLAIMER- I am not being encouraged, paid, coerced, bribed, threatened or otherwise influenced to promote this book. I am doing it of my own freewill and curiosity.


Anini said...

Fingers crosses... I will be coming back to read that review for sure...

I had to have a laugh at the money back guarantee... Now does that include 2 day shipping?

Great Blog. Thanks for writing :)

Debbie said...

I'm looking forward to reading the review. I'm not a teacher but is sounds like it might have some good parenting advice in there. I need it!

imagogetter said...

Did you get the book yet??

Mrs. B. said...

Ima G!! Yes, it came on Thursday! I am already about half way far there are quite a few things that I am highlighting to try next year..and some stuff that I already do (and quite frankly, it doesn't seem to work!)Mya try and read a few pages tonight before I go to sleep. Maybe I will find something to inspire me for tomorrow morning!!!