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Testing Your Mettle Tough Problems and Real-World Solutions for Middle and High School Teachers by Harry J. Alexandrowicz

Testing Your Mettle Tough Problems and Real-World Solutions for Middle and High School Teachers


Testing Your Mettle Tough Problems and Real-World Solutions for Middle and High School Teachers by Harry J. Alexandrowicz

What many teachers complain about most is the lack of `reality training' they encountered in the `formal' education curriculum. Typical classroom lectures and exercises do not prepare individuals for the myriad of problems and situations that will present themselves in schools. Teachers need to think and act beyond the theory presented in educational textbooks. These problem scenarios - or `snapshots' - are from the author's own experiences as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, superintendent of schools, and as a parent. The snapshots are grouped into chapters that parallel the major problematic areas teachers face every day - from student behavior in and out of the classroom to interactions with administrators and parents, complying with school policy, and other issues not so easily classified. Each snapshot contains an underlying legal, philosophical, or just plain common-sense lesson. Following each snapshot is a space for the reader to write in his or her own proposed action or solution. The author then explains what actually happened, and what should have happened, and why. This book will provide a wealth of important discussion topics for teachers, administrators, and parents.


Excellent for use in classroom management courses, introduction courses, and seminars for new teachers. I highly value the problem-based approach to teaching how to deal with situations that arise in the school setting. -- Judy Butler The format allows for critical thinking for solutions, evaluation of the possible solutions, and then checking of reality by providing the actual outcome of the situation. Staff developers and new teacher mentors would find it very useful... -- Bibik, Assc Prof, Univ of DE The rationale for this book is excellent. The idea of exposing new teachers to a bit of `reality training
is long overdue in teacher development programs.

-- John Davis, Assistant Professor,

About the Author

Harry J. Alexandrowicz is currently Superintendent of Schools in Woodland Township, New Jersey. Over the past 28 years he has served as a teacher, assistant principal, high school and middle school principal, and superintendent. In addition, he has served as an adjunct professor of educational foundations at Rowan University and has made numerous staff development presentations.

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Publication date

20th February 2001


Harry J. Alexandrowicz

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Corwin Press Inc an imprint of SAGE Publications Inc


152 pages


Secondary schools
Teaching skills & techniques



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