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Dream Class: How to Transform Any Group of Students Into the Class You've Always Wanted

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In Dream Class, you will learn the 15 keys that make the greatest difference in the classroom and exactly how to implement those keys simply and effectively. The goal is for you to become an extraordinarily effective teacher. Written from the unique perspective that everything you do affects classroom management, Dream Class will help you create the class you've always wan ...more
Unknown Binding, 189 pages
Published June 3rd 2009 by Jme Publishing (first published January 1st 2009)
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Lisa Scott
Jun 18, 2012 Lisa Scott rated it really liked it
Shelves: teaching, 2012, bookaday
I stumbled onto Mr. Linsin’s blog several months ago and liked what he had to say, so I bought a copy of Dream Class. I’ll be beginning my twelfth year of teaching this fall, and I’ve read a lot of classroom management books. There isn’t necessarily a lot that is NEW in Dream Class, but it was a great refresher. While there are 15 “keys” Mr. Linsin write about, the one that hits me where I live is being absolutely consistent about holding students accountable. I know better, but I find myself gi ...more
Savannah Weaver
Jun 17, 2013 Savannah Weaver rated it it was ok
I started off with such high hopes for this book--I had my highlighter uncapped and ready to go; my sticky notes prepared; and my notebook waiting for me to jot down notes. As the book progressed, though, I found less and less useful information and soon realized that this book is something I'll never be. I don't mean that I'll never be an effective teacher, I just mean I could never be this hard. I just flat-out disagree with some (a lot) of the things he says. He talks about how he doesn't ...more
Brent
Aug 29, 2013 Brent rated it really liked it
As a novice teacher, this book really helped me identify many things I did wrong during my first year - losing my cool, yelling, sarcasm, lecturing, etc. I'm excited to let my improved classroom management plan do it's thing to, hopefully, great results.

Linsin is exceedingly as condescending as he is helpful. Many anecdotes feature him as the lone voice of reason among well-meaning but ultimately ineffective colleagues.

He has many great ideas, but not as many tips on putting them into practice
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Laura
Aug 13, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
A good review of classroom management techniques, but I feel the author is a little conceited and talks down to the reader.
Cristina
Mar 25, 2016 Cristina rated it liked it
Sound philosophy and perspectives but missing practical, concrete application

I want to begin this review by saying first that I agree with practically every one of his perspectives on students and teaching within the classroom. I found his insights to be intelligent and relevant. I also truly believe that this man is an excellent teacher whose is adored and loved by his students. Whatever my criticism is of the material in the book it is in no way a reflection of who he is as a professional. It
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Carrie
Aug 12, 2016 Carrie rated it it was amazing
I've seen other reviewers here say one should bypass this book and read Ron Clark instead. Wrong! I've read Ron Clark's books and his are great, but too saturated with things to do. Dream Class is better because it contains such basic strategies within 15 keys (chapters)...I liked 14 of them and plan to use them this year, rather than 99 rules or whatnot! Even though the author says newer teachers can use this book, I can see this being better to implement after at least a year of teaching. ...more
Mary Beth
Mar 19, 2013 Mary Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: education
This book was incredibly motivating and empowering. I'm excited to approach 4th quarter after reading this book. How often does that happen? I do agree with the posts that I have read about the author and his approach. He is terribly conceited. I just started rolling my eyes every time he talked about how some really great teacher he knew just couldn't quite get the knack of how to manage their class...until he set them straight. He should have given examples of how he fell flat on his face. ...more
Sarah
May 26, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
I read this book for an online grad class I am taking this month. Even after many years of managing my art room, I updated my skills and gained new ideas from this book. I am going to change a few things in my room next year. Goodbye rewards! Sometimes the author comes off as being a bit boastful, but hey, it is his book and he has found success as a teacher, writer and consultant. With a copy of this and of course my favorite, Harry Wong's The First Days of School, every teacher has the tools ...more
Stacy
Aug 03, 2014 Stacy rated it liked it
Great tips and lots of arrogance and self aggrandizing while sharing them.
When I ordered this book last year, I did not realize it was aimed at elementary school teachers (grades 1-6, perhaps.) Some of the concepts, however, are applicable in secondary classrooms, although the examples the author shares do not apply.
Three stars . . . a four star book with just too much "I am so wonderful" and you are not.
Lauren Jeanne
Dec 03, 2014 Lauren Jeanne rated it it was amazing
His strategies are great, and when implemented into my classroom they work wonders. I would say that he does talk highly of himself throughout the book, but if he is as great as he is, then who wouldn't do the same. Overall this book will help you manage your students and give you concrete examples so you know exactly what to do. And it works!!
Beth Lind
Jun 23, 2013 Beth Lind rated it really liked it
Great ideas to help with staying positive with the students. I love the author's sense of humor and his optimistic focus. He keeps a very grounded approach on how to handle problem students. I agree with most of what he says and I like his explanations to put his ideas into practice.
Olubunmi Fashusi
Aug 09, 2014 Olubunmi Fashusi rated it it was amazing
I loved it! Offered practical advice that I am excited to implement when the new school year begins in a few weeks.
Regina Tan
Sep 28, 2013 Regina Tan rated it it was amazing
I strongly recommend it to educators like me. We must not find for the best students, we should create them... our dream class!!!
Rebecca Durichek
Jul 05, 2012 Rebecca Durichek rated it liked it
This book was inspiring but lacked well developed ideas to use in the classroom. I would read it again though
because I loved the positive hopeful feeling it left me with throughout reading it.
Joanna
Jan 14, 2016 Joanna rated it really liked it
Loved it. Though I'd really love to see this book done from a college professor perspective as opposed to a grade teacher.
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