When Am I Ever Going to Use This?
Teaching Tips to Survive & Thrive in the High School
Education is on the front burner with bullying, NCLB,
and disconnected students. Everyone wants to see
change, especially our students who in a survey quoted
boredom as their biggest frustration. Struggling to
find the purpose for what they’re learning, stuck in old
schools with outdated teaching methods, students are
dropping out at higher rates and graduating without the
skills society needs.
quickest vehicle for change is the classroom teacher.
This book shares 75 practical tips that any teacher can
duplicate based on the often humorous journey
experienced by one teacher who took an unusual path and
created a style that changed the lives of her students
and her entire school.
Douglas is a 28-year veteran of the high
school classroom, as a math teacher and also the creator
and teacher of
Strategies for Success,
leadership/ success program.
She was named Teacher
of the Year for her school and district for the success
of the Strategies program, national
finalist in Cable in the Classroom Leaders in Learning
and was the recipient of Special Congressional
Recognition from the United States Senate.
nominated as a hero for the Oprah Winfrey Show for her
Strategies for Success program and her work with
bullying and is the recipient in 2012 of the Jefferson
Award and the Rhode Island College Alumni Service Award.
Marianne is a motivational speaker and educational
consultant working with both educators and teens. She
may be reached at
"How to you define extra-ordinary? I have been
honored to observe Marianne teach her
Success program to a group of 8th graders. She
quickly developed a relationship with them and made them
feel comfortable. Marianne has the innate ability
to make learning fun and easy. Her positive
attitude and techniques made the class a pleasure for
students and teacher. She motivated the students
to want to learn more."
Linda Beaupre, Guidance Coordinator, Tiverton Middle
"You were my math
teacher back in high school. You were an amazing
and inspiring teacher. You helped keep me focused
and motivated. Today, I'm a corporate lawyer, enjoying
life and my travels. I know your dedication as a
caring teacher contributed to the success I've been able
to achieve with my education, career and life.
Thank you!' Ana Sa
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