In my class I am seeing more often the opportunity to RE-teach commonly held beliefs about “fighting back”. Sometimes it feels like a combat zone with all the negative energy flowing, so much so that all of the “ick” stops up my teaching, I know my students can’t learn when they are “stuck” in that angry place.
In Susan’s Book: Transforming Anger to Personal Power: An Anger Management Curriculum for Grades 6-12, Anger Management seems just that– manageable. She outlines a way to help your students and yourself get back to the business at hand, education.
I agree with Susan that these skills must be taught. She provides strategies and clear cut discussion points for every occasion. The book is an entire curriculum!… and it is best taught in that format. However, if that isn’t do-able in your district, this book is a valuable resource for “pullout” lessons and serves up a heaping portion of healthy empowerment for those teachable moments.
I recommend this book for so many reasons, but mostly because it isn’t “junk psycho – babble” it is real life. The book offers practical steps to improve the growing “Anger Issues” that have saturated the everyday classroom. There is something you can do, don’t give up or give in to frustration, let your heart guide you to take back what you love, YOUR class!
I thank you Susan, and my students thank you. Today I handed my well wore copy of your book off to my Director Of Special Programs, she is planning to speak to our principal about implementing your book as a guide for teaching a re-entry program back onto the main campus for students who have been placed in DAEP fro discipline. Hopefully it will be approved and implemented, then we will see some real change.