24 March 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Fred Jones Tools for Teaching: Discipline, Instruction, Motivation by Fredric H. Jones

As an “Alternative Certification” candidate, I am always looking for informative books that will help me once I get into the classroom. Fred Jones’ “Tools for Teaching” came highly recommended and so I thought I would check it out. I’m glad I did.

I currently substitute a lot within the school district I hope to someday teach. I’ve read the other reviews of this book and they say that they “wish they had it last summer” or “I have to figure out how to implement this on my own.” I can truthfully say that many of the ideas in the book can be implemented even if you are only going to be in that classroom for a day.

That said, I cannot wait to put the information from this book to a full-time test. The only thing about this book is that many of the ideas have already been covered in other writing. Of course, not everyone buys ever book on teaching, so I can definitely handle a little overlap.

In Tools for Teaching, Dr. Jones describes the skills by which exceptional teachers make the classroom a place of success and enjoyment for both themselves and their students. Tools for Teaching integrates the management of discipline, instruction and motivation into a system that allows you to reduce the stress of teaching by preventing most management headaches. Dr. Jones helps you reduce student disruptions, backtalk, helpless handraising and dawdling while helping you increase responsible behavior, motivation and independent learning. These skills are made accessable by practical, down-to-earth language and many examples and illustrations that provide the next best thing to attending one of Dr. Jones’ workshops. The second edition also includes an Overview DVD of Dr. Jones entire program; including how to use the Study Group Acitivity Guide, workshops, and parent videos.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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