The Musty Bookshelf

The Musty Bookshelf

Dyrli takes a jaundiced look at "must read" professional books for educators. Note that unpopu

GRIMMEST BOOK OF WORLD SCHOOL-RECORDS

Keep important statistical information at your fingertips: names, dates and places. The primary teacher known for the most consecutive days in distributing outline drawings for children to color ... the intermediate teacher with the largest collection of chalk tips ... the principal holding the lifetime record for distance in hall-walking-it's all here. Don't guess when you can look it up!

REPORT ON CEILING HEIGHT IN SELECTED MIDDLE SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT IDAHO AND MONTANA

Circular File Series, No. 1492, Professional Curriculum Bulletin 488, Southwestern Bureau of the Determined Consortium of State Superintendents of Public Burden, Coordinated Commission on Appointed Task Forces for the Practical Dissemination of Innovative Practices in the Americas. One-page leaflet. Available in English and Spanish.

INUNDATED REVIEW OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH

by Nadir Gauge

A semi-complete guide to research studies that report "no significant differences." Desired outcomes clearly identified by each researcher with candid thoughts on "Where I screwed up." Contains some of the most exotic variables and indices ever assembled, a fireside compendium of fantasy for the science fiction buff. Twelve hundred pages, with more to come.

COMPLACENCY-BASED EDUCATION

by Anonymous et al. (never completed)

Suggested hints on things you might want to add to your curriculum sometime. Or maybe not. Buy it if you want. It's up to you. We don't care either way.

HELLO TO YOU IDEA BOOK

Innovative, nonfunded social science program on "greeting relationships" helps you help students approach individuals of all ages. Three years in development by hundreds of writers, consultants and researchers, the HTY-IB has sections on games-such as "Hi Person!" and "What's New?"-worksheets, projects and songs, e.g., the classic "Hey There ..." See even your "'lo" interest students move to "hi" level!

SUFFER LITTLE BUGGERS

by Macks Raffeltree

The care of small, creepy crawly things in classrooms. Written in 3 1/2 hours in the heat of passion, this book will make you itch with excitement. Twenty-seven stapled pages on pulp with crayon sketches.

EXTRA-ACTION ANALYSIS FOR SUPERVISORS

by Flounder and Flunke

An easy-to-learn system for coding nonverbal behaviors in classrooms to get a picture of what is in danger of happening. Simple categories include "teacher frown," "student grimace," "administrator retaliation," "class-initiated insurrection" and "general mayhem." New edition includes the supplement "When to Drop the Clipboard and Run."

CURRICULUM ACTIVITIES WITH CHICKEN PRODUCTS

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Odvard Egil Dyrli, gdyrli@edmediagroup.com, is editor-in-chief of DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION and emeritus professor of education at the University of Connecticut.


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