Review: Why Didn't I Learn This in College?


Why Didn't I Learn This in College?


Paula Rutherford




This book instructs us to shift our focus from control and compliance to creating a positive learning-centered environment. The author believes the best classroom management program is a good instructional program where our goal is student achievement. (322 Pages)


  1. Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century
  2. Creating a Positive Learning Environment
  3. Framing the Learning
  4. Making Learning Active
  5. Setting Yourself Up for Success
  6. Organizing the Classroom for Learning
  7. Working with Parents as Partners
  8. Appendix: CD-Rom Templates
  9. Resources & References
  10. Index

My Review: 

As teachers, we are all familiar with Harry Wong's First Days of School. To me, this book is the companion that every new teacher needs. Mr. Wong teaches us how to set up routines, procedures, and be consistent. Ms. Rutherford teaches us how to teach. This is the book I reach for when I have 5 minutes to spare and don't know how to fill it. I need an idea for a sub or I need a new way to spice up my lessons to make them engaging.

Yes, most of these ideas we have heard before but previously we were introduced to them. Here we have a chance to explore them, use them, reflect upon them. The book even comes complete with a CD-ROM full of templates. Simply print and you have ready activities to go.

I love the "How am I doing" Reflection checklist. Even as a veteran teacher, I am always looking for ways to improve my craft. These quick looks let me see how to improve quickly, easily, and efficiently.


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