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Managing the Madness: A Practical Guide to Middle Grades Classrooms

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  34 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In the pages of Managing the Madness: A Practical Guide to Middle Grades Classrooms you'll find innovative and specific ideas on discipline, humor, technology integration, student-teacher interactions, attention grabbers, classroom management, and much more. He tackles the most awkward situations that arise in middle level classrooms that are not often considered in other ...more
Paperback, 139 pages
Published August 17th 2010 by National Middle School Association (first published 2009)
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May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an easy read and has a lot of helpful tips for dealing with middle school age classrooms for a newbie teacher like me!
Mar 04, 2012 rated it liked it
This was recommended by an author I hold in high esteem, but I should remember that authors are often friends and friends often help scratch each other's backs by recommending each other's books.

At $25 for 135 scant pages (with big font and ample spacing between lines), this book's price per page ratio is a bit steep for your average teacher budget. It also clearly labored and stretched matters to reach "book" status. There is little in the way of specific lesson plans or pedagogy here, if that
May 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
I can't think of anything in this book that is original, eye-opening, and not already covered by What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know with greater detail and more varied teaching strategies. This book felt like a string of platitudes you tell the brand-spankin'-new teacher, or the dinosaur-teacher who hasn't changed worksheets in 30 years. But, it's not for someone who knows their classroom and community, and wants to enhance their practice.

This feels like more of a money-grab than a si
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Berckemeyer was excellent and hilarious in person and an exceptional presenter, and his book contained nuggets of wisdom that will be useful to me as a new teacher especially if I am in a middle school context.
Amanda Gilles
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I met him in person at a conference and like he is in person, his book has a great sense of humor roped into some good lessons.
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great, practical advice for teachers of young adolescents. Also has some parts to share with parents that could be useful. Resources imbedded in the reading to make it even more useful!
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