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Teach More and Discipline Less
Preventing Problem Behaviors in the K-6 Classroom



February 2005 | 160 pages | Corwin
`The book is a comprehensive and practical work addressing the issues of today's classrooms, and it is written by a person well-aware of how demanding teaching can be' - Ole Bang-Larsen, Chief Psychologist and Manager of Special Education, Vicing Office, Braedstrup Community, Denmark

Drawn from the observation of master teachers as well as the author's own classroom experience, this book contains many time-tested ideas, activities and strategies for empowering students while establishing an `invisible' authority that commands respect.

The book takes the guesswork out of organizing and maintaining a classroom environment in which the students fell secure, happy and challenges and in which teachers can teach more and discipline less.

 
Preface: A Focus on Prevention
 
Note to the New Guys
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Set Yourself Up for Success
Delivering an Unequivocal Message

 
Survival Skill Number 1: Classroom Management

 
Kids Don't Care How Much You Know Until They Know How Much You Care

 
Basic Techniques of Positive Teachers

 
Standard Procedures: The Unwritten Rules

 
Suggested Standard Procedures

 
Together We Make a Difference

 
Minimize Problems as You Arrange Desks

 
The Power of a Quiet Voice

 
Minimize Problems as You Arrange Desks

 
"Teacher, What Do I Do Now?"

 
Classroom Rules Are Set Cooperatively

 
Reminders About Rules

 
Recognition and Reinforcement

 
Roundup of Chapter 1

 
 
2. Build Rapport With Kids
The Secrets to Their Success

 
Common Denominators

 
Two Letters of Welcome

 
Getting to Know You

 
The News Begins the Day

 
An Important 15 Minutes

 
Can You Risk Sharing Yourself?

 
Classroom Climate

 
Yes, You Are a Counselor

 
The Characteristics of High Self-Esteem

 
Three Components of Self-Esteem

 
Building a Sense of Connectedness

 
Building a Sense of Uniqueness

 
Building a Sense of Power

 
Roundup of Chapter 2

 
 
3. Develop Effective Strategies
Love Alone Does Not a Classroom Manage

 
Planning: The Key to Good Teaching

 
Effective Classroom Planning

 
Enhance Your Environment

 
A Better Class Because of Their Ownership

 
Promote a Sense of Class Pride

 
Kids Must Risk in Order to Succeed

 
Mistakes: Wonderful Opportunities to Learn

 
Look at Something Another Way

 
A Time to Talk, a Time to Be Quiet

 
Captain of the Week

 
Nothing Like a Good Laugh!

 
Roundup of Chapter 3

 
 
4. Promote a Feeling of Cohesiveness
Grouping for Cooperation

 
Community Circle: Simple But Powerful

 
Incidental Discussions as Problem Solvers

 
A Scheduled Classroom Meeting

 
Kids Suggest Topics for Discussion

 
Activities to Build a Feeling of Belonging

 
Kids Discuss Misbehavior

 
Ready to Work in Small Cooperative Groups

 
Setting the Stage

 
Practice Working Together in Groups

 
Teams in Competition

 
Roundup of Chapter 4

 
 
5. Minimize Problems With Proven Techniques
The Art of Asking Good Questions

 
Orchestrate Smooth Transitions

 
The Good and Bad Sides of Praise

 
Praise the Deed, Encourage the Child

 
Negative and Positive Intervention

 
Parents Make a Difference

 
Guidelines to Send to Parents

 
Unique Techniques

 
Rx: Take One Sponge When Needed

 
"My Best Teacher"

 
Roundup of Chapter 5

 
 
6. Respond to Misbehavior
A Few Inevitable Behavior Problems

 
Stop a Problem Before It Happens

 
A Positive Look at Misbehavior

 
Temporary Compliance

 
The "Teacher Look" for Small Violations

 
The Democratic Approach to Misbehavior

 
When "No" Means "Maybe"

 
The Downside of Rewards

 
Beyond Praise and Rewards

 
Three Workable Systems

 
Motivating Students to Learn

 
Excellence in Teaching

 
Roundup of Chapter 6

 
 
References and Suggested Readings
 
Index

“The book is a comprehensive and practical work addressing the issues of today’s classrooms, and it is written by a person well-aware of how demanding teaching can be.”

Ole Bang-Larsen, Chief Psychologist and Manager of Special Education
Vicing Office, Braedstrup Community, Denmark

“Reider’s book gives valuable and practical ideas used by teachers she has observed throughout the world for preventing disruptions before they start. She proclaims an unfailing faith in the everyday hardworking teacher and presents workable ideas to sharpen teaching skills and improvements for classroom management.”

Joy Heisig, Educational Consultant
California State University, Fresno

“In my twenty five years as a school principal, I have seen many teachers struggle with negative student behavior. This book will help teachers avoid the many pitfalls in classroom management and enable them to create an optimal learning environment for their students.”

Gary Pogue, School Principal (Retired)
Buckeye Elementary, Shingle Springs, CA

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface: A Focus on Prevention

Chapter 1: Set Yourself Up for Success


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