TEACHING WITH FEELING by Dr. Herbert M. Greenberg


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What happens every day to teachers who deal with rambunctious classes, hard-to-figure kids, lessons that fail, colleagues whose lessons never fail, supervisors who appear in the doorway at the moment of disaster, and principals eager to add on another hall patrol? In Teaching With Feeling, Dr. Greenberg, an educational psychologist, discusses from their viewpoint how teachers really react in the classroom and why; how they cope with their feelings--and with what results for children, parents and themselves. Among the emotions surveyed in fictionalized classroom encounters are inadequacy, guilt, sexual discomforts and racial prejudice. Dr. Greenberg suggests that contrary to normal-school indoctrination, teachers should not seek to deny their feelings, but rather to face them honestly, to share them with their classes, and to help kids learn in this way how to deal with their own moods and angers. Greenberg also urges teachers to see how their distinctive traits can be used positively in the classroom, and advises them to rely on suggestions and support from colleagues in a pinch. This book is not scientific psychology, nor does it tell much about how schools might be run more sensibly. The author gives no hints, for example, as to how tensions might be minimized by administrative (rather than teacher) adjustment. But as an informal guide to the psychic blackboard jungle, it will both reassure novice teachers, and alert interested parents to what makes Miss Jones lose her COMPOZure.

Pub Date: May 12th, 1969
Publisher: Macmillan