How-To Books That Don’t Exist, But Should

 

How to Run a Meeting with Twenty-Five or More Agenda Items in Fifteen Minutes or Less: A Guide for Principals, Written by Elementary Teachers

This no-nonsense guide shows principals how to cut after-school meeting times from two-and-a-half hours to ten minutes by using simple tools like delegating, eliminating irrelevant information, and talking directly to one person about an issue instead of hinting broadly to the entire faculty. Elementary teachers are capable of teaching eight content areas a day while adjusting their schedules for changing specials, canceled recesses, and aides who don’t show—let them show you how to be more efficient in the board room.

Hands-Off Field Trips: How Letting Your Students Run Wild through Museums, Cultural Events, and Historical Sites Can Teach Them Independence and Save Your Sanity

Kids these days need to learn to explore on their own, deal with challenges independently, and escape from the stiflingly abundant supervision so common in a helicopter-parent world. Unfortunately, many field trip destinations frown upon the practice of independent student learning. This practical book includes chapters on disguise techniques for the teacher, practicing indifference, where to hide the bus, and how to find a peaceful location to grade some papers until you are ready to pick students up again (hint, Starbucks is too obvious—a sure ticket for being found).

Christian Perspectives on Exasperation, Fatigue, and the Month of February

Christian schoolteachers are some of the most patient, caring, and giving people on the planet. But what are they supposed to do when one of their students feeds the class hamster the kale salad that the teacher brought for lunch? How should teachers respond when, after a long day with two canceled outdoor recesses, standardized testing, and a chapel featuring a pastor/ventriloquist, a parent asks for a two-hour meeting to discuss “some problems with your curriculum choices”? What does the Bible say about teaching with your whole heart for what feels like thirty-seven years, and then realizing it is only the end of the first week of February? Five prominent philosophers and theologians discuss these and other unsolvable ethical dilemmas in terms of what the Bible says about violence and despair.

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