1st Edition

Reluctant Disciplinarian Advice on Classroom Management From a Softy Who Became (Eventually) a Successful Teacher

By Gary Rubinstein Copyright 1999
    178 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    In this funny and insightful book, Gary Rubinstein relives his own truly disastrous first year of teaching. He begins his teaching career armed only with idealism and romantic visions of teaching—and absolutely no classroom management skills. By his fourth year, he is named “Teacher of the Year.” As Rubinstein details his transformation from incompetent to successful teacher, he shows what works and what doesn't work when managing a classroom such as:

    • Develop a teacher look. The teacher look says, “There's nothing you can do that I haven't already seen, so don't even bother trying.”
    • Show students that you are a “real” teacher by doing things they expect of real teachers, at least for a while.
    • Be prepared to utter a decisive answer to anything within 2 seconds. Decisive answers inspire confidence.

    Any teacher—experienced or not—will enjoy this honest and humorous look at the real world of teaching!

    The Accidental Teacher History of a Softy Why Learning to Discipline Is So Hard What Does Not Work Being a Real Teacher What Does Work Developing a Teacher Persona Answers From Real Teachers Ten Years Later


    After graduating from Tufts University in 1991, Gary Rubinstein trained as a teacher with the Teach for America (TFA) program, which recruits recent graduates to teach in rural and inner-city schools throughout the country. During his five years with the program, he taught both middle school and high school students and wrote a monthly TFA newsletter column called "I Didn't Do Nuthin'."