P.S. Your Not Listening

P S Your Not Listening Where do the so called problem children go when no school will take them When Eleanor Craig took on the assignment to teach a class of special children who had been declared unteachable by others she

  • Title: P.S. Your Not Listening
  • Author: Eleanor Craig
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  • Where do the so called problem children go when no school will take them When Eleanor Craig took on the assignment to teach a class of special children who had been declared unteachable by others, she knew it wouldn t be easy.But how do you teach long division to a child who believes that the banana in his lunchbox is alive and trying to escape How do you maintain coWhere do the so called problem children go when no school will take them When Eleanor Craig took on the assignment to teach a class of special children who had been declared unteachable by others, she knew it wouldn t be easy.But how do you teach long division to a child who believes that the banana in his lunchbox is alive and trying to escape How do you maintain control when one of your students has locked you in the custodian s closet How do you convince a child that people are not for hurting when he is constantly battered and rejected at home Eddie can only speak through aggression Kevin s shoes tap out his anger Julie hides under her desk while Jonathan calls into his inkwell for help and Kevin urges Douglas to kill Eddie.Having no guidelines but her own empathy and resourcefulness, Mrs Craig tries to reach the center of the children s chaotic world and gain their trust.Whilst progress is painfully slow, it appears that there is in fact light at the end of the tunnel as the children gradually become responsive.By the end of her very first day, Eleanor despaired that she would never make a difference to these childrens lives.When the year draws to a close, she must bid an emotional goodbye to five completely different students.So is there such a thing as an unteachable child P.S Your Not Listening is the deeply felt and often touching account of Mrs Craig s attempts to reach her five exceptional pupils.Eleanor Craig continues her work with maladjusted children, and now lives in Westport, Connecticut, with her husband, author William Craig, and their four children.Follow us on Twitter EndeavourPress and on Facebook via on.fb 1HweQV7 We are always interested in hearing from our readers Endeavour Press believes that the future is now.

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    1. Wow, this was quite a read.As the synopsis says, it's about the first year of an experimental program to try and work with troubled students with the goal to reintegrating into mainstream classes.But for this book, it's extremely important to keep in mind the context: This happened in the 70s. Probably the most jolting reminder is the frequent use of the word "retarded". I wonder how much different it is now in England for these kind of students. Especially for the amount of violence perpetrated [...]

    2. Wow! Educators and reforms for education have come a long way since this book was written. I cannot believe that those parents were not arrested for all the abuse they caused their children. It was so obvious that the parents were the reason those children were so mentally and emotionally unstable. As a teacher I have that responsibility to report abuse and it amazes me that Mrs. Craig never reported any of the abuse that the children told her about. She saw all those bruises on Eddie and nothin [...]

    3. This is an amazing true account of a teacher in the early 1970s, chosen to pilot her state's very first "transitional" class for emotionally disturbed children. These kids aren't mentally retarded, nor are they socially adjusted enough to remain in "normal" classes. The first year of this brand-new program is chronicled by the author (who was the teacher) and is both inspiring and humbling.

    4. This book made a profound impact on my career and shaped the way I looked at my students. I don't know what it was about it, but way the children are portrayed helped me learn what really would work and see where things could go wrong.

    5. As a general rule, I avoid what I term "teacher saves the day" stories, but that's another discussion. Thankfully, this book didn't really feel typical/ignores so many factors "teacher saves the day" to me. It was more like long, daily small group therapy sessions for young children during school hours (with some writing and math time)---this lady only had one class of five. Anyway, though I wouldn't say the writing is excellent, I think this is a thought provoking read and even a page turner. I [...]

    6. I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. An interesting read about 5 emotionally disturbed children in a "transitional class" in school from about 40 years ago. The first third of the book, it was hard for me to read because it started slow. Mostly, I had so many questions. I found myself wanting to know more about Mrs. Craig's educational background and if she had any experience in dealing with troubled children. I was surprised by the lack of discipl [...]

    7. Was caught by this book's title when perusing the library and found the premise promising enough to take with me, though arrogantly didn't expect much until settled and reading the first paragraphThe author brilliantly draws you in with her own character and knack for descriptive story-telling, while the kids, the main act, keep the pages turning. Finished this book within 2 days. This is a true narration of a very fascinating chain of events: it is about the work of the healing of hearts, the d [...]

    8. This book has been on my shelves since the '70's, when I was planning to become a child psychologist. I just reread it, and was shocked to realize how much things have changed. Many of the events in the book are now recognized as child abuse and neglect, and the parents would immediately be reported to CPS. In addition, the blatant sexism of some of the administrators, the language used to describe the special needs children and even the casual revelation of the expectations placed on the author [...]

    9. This is a scary book about a woman teaching a group of disturbed young people. It's been eight or nine years since I read it, but I remember it being impossible to take a break from. There were very few moments when a poorly behaved child wasn't doing something horrifying. The one detail that always stayed with me was a moment when the teacher discovered one of the students contendedly chopping up a struggling goldfish with his ruler. Yet another of the many factors that, despite a major that al [...]

    10. Even though this book was written many years ago, working with difficult children has not changed. It remains a challenge, especially when you want them to be integrated into a classroom Some of the things that went on in this book would be unthinkable nowadays. The author describes vividly the emotional and physical abuse going on in children's homes and the difficult road she had to follow to find the way to their hearts. It's especially a good read for educators so we can remember things have [...]

    11. Eleanor Craig's account of how she spent a year teaching 5 emotionally damaged children is very interesting but upsetting at times. The ways these kids suffer in their home lives are terrible and it's no surprise that they have problems in a classic school environment and cannot interact with others. I found the terminology used quite shocking - throughout the book children with special educational needs are referred to as 'retards' - but this is typical of the time when the book was written and [...]

    12. Grippingly written - I started yesterday and will finish today, insha'Allah. Lots of insight about children and relationships in general as well as the emotionally disturbed. Doesn't avoid the guilt and "taffy syndrome" of a working mother who cares about her children and her students and always feels inadequate in some way in both arenas. I picked up on/reviewed lots of good behavior management strategies for the classroom.

    13. [The review I previously posted for this book was posted in error. I had written a review for To Sir with Love and mistakenly posted it for this book.]I did like this book very much especially because of the compassion the teacher/author had for her students. I'm sure her approach would not work with many students, but she worked wonders with one child who had been difficult to reach.

    14. What can I say As someone who grew up spending loads of time with a mentally disabled cousin with a hearing defect, I found this book very touching and somewhat personal. That's the primary reason I enjoyed it as much as I did. There were some minor things I didn't like, such as just how all around nice Mrs. Craig painted herself, but I can forgive that for the book's message is beautiful, inspiring, and somewhat 'umbling.

    15. I read this in junior high and then again in my early 20s. It's the true account of a teacher working in a new classroom for students with emotional distrubances. She tries to help them but ends up learning that she needs to listen to what they're saying and not just do things by the book. It's pretty dated but still a good read.

    16. As it is now 40 years after this book was written it is interesting to read. Having spent 25 years teaching, I'm well aware of the changes in teaching methods. Methods that Eleanor Craig tried worked as evidence that 4 of the 5 original children were advanced to regular classrooms. However, today many of the methods used in her classroom would get a teacher in trouble.

    17. the kids in this book are just constantly entertaining. This short book has its moments of sadness, anger, hilarity, and thoughtfulness. Not at the top of a recommendation list, but definitely worth the read

    18. This was a lot more pleasant than another one of her books that I'd read. She comes off as appropriately humble and unsure, yet kind and determined. A warm and fuzzy story about reaching out to troubled kids.

    19. I read this when I was in high-school, I don't remember the book at all at this point except for the fact that I loved it. I'll try to reread it just to see if it's still as impact-full when I'm an adult.

    20. I was very interested in reading this book, as I have a disabled child myself. I found the characters, whilst difficult personality wise, engaging and in parts funny. Well worth a read in my opinion.

    21. I've read this book twice, and really enjoyed it both times. If all our educators could care as much as this woman, the world would be a good place.

    22. Despite being a teacher, I would not have lasted a day in that classroom. Encouraging - the kids maybe have a chance for better, but also discouraging - how do we get there to begin with?

    23. It was very interesting how this teacher came in and dealt with these students with special needs. It even almost made me want to try teaching again it was so inspiring.

    24. Really interesting and Doug is really funny. Major lesson is be a good parent, damn some of these assholes really screwed up their kids.

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