Discipline Survival Guide for the Secondary Teacher

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Ideas for creating an orderly classroom where learning can thrive

This unique, hands-on book is packed with tested ideas and strategies to help you create a classroom environment where good conduct and high achievement are the norm and where students become self- motivated and take responsibility for their actions. The second edition is fully revised and updated to reflect changes in the past decade.

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Ideas for creating an orderly classroom where learning can thrive

This unique, hands-on book is packed with tested ideas and strategies to help you create a classroom environment where good conduct and high achievement are the norm and where students become self- motivated and take responsibility for their actions. The second edition is fully revised and updated to reflect changes in the past decade.

  • Puts the focus on the teacher as a leader and coach who encourages students to buy into a classroom management approach
  • Offers information about setting limits, safety issues, and protecting student's privacy
  • Covers topics including technology; disruptions in the classroom form i-pods and cell phones; computers in the classroom; motivating, engaging, instructing students; and communicating with students and parents

This must have resource offers a comprehensive and accessible guide to disciple in the school setting, complete with handy forms, checklists, and self-assessments.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470547434
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Series: J-B Ed: Survival Guides Series, #161
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 574,512
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia G. Thompson has been a public school teacher for more than twenty-five years. Thompson currently teaches in Fairfax County, Virginia, and is an active speaker, consultant, teacher trainer, and workshop presenter. Author of the best-selling The First-Year Teacher's Survival Guide and The First-Year Teacher's Checklist, she also publishes a Web site (http://juliagthompson.com) offering tips for teachers on a wide variety of topics.

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Table of Contents

I. Successful Discipline Rests with You.

You Can Make a Difference.

Accept Responsibility.

You Are Not Alone.

Why Punishment and Other Ineffective Discipline Techniques DoNot Work.

What You Should Know About Adolescents.

How Much Autonomy Should You Allow?

The Behaviors You Can Expect from Your Students.

Proactive Attitudes that Can Help You Create a PositiveDiscipline Climate.

II. Adopt a Comprehensive Approach for a SuccessfulDiscipline Climate.

Begin the Process with a Broad View.

The Characteristics of a Well-Managed Twenty-first CenturyClassroom.

Five Common-sense Actions to Establish a Productive ClassroomEnvironment.

The Most Common Discipline Mistakes that Secondary TeachersMake.

Effective Management and Discipline Practices.

Put Your High Expectations to Work.

How to Communicate Your High Expectations.

III. Cultivate Your Role as a Classroom Leader.

Become an Effective Classroom Leader.

Students Should Come First.

View Yourself as a Coach.

The Importance of Assessing Your Performance.

How to Gather Other Data on Your Classroom Competence.

Avoid Unreasonable Expectations.

How to Manage Your Stressful Career.

The Promise of Professionalism.

How to Be Prepared for Class Every Day.

How to Make Your Students Pay Attention to You.

Show Respect to Gain Respect.

Watch Your Body Language.

Know Your Audience.

Be Careful about Your Language.

IV. Establish a Positive Classroom Environment.

Establish a Positive Classroom Environment.

Safety Must Come First.

How to Determine If Students Are Stressed Instead ofChallenged.

Protect Students from Bullies.

Making Your Classroom Safe by Enforcing School Rules.

Establish a Physical Environment Conducive to Learning.

Seating Arrangements.

Sharing Classroom Space.

Overcrowded Classes.

Dealing with Noise Levels.

Promoting Classroom Ownership.

Create a Student-Centered Class Atmosphere.

Structure Your Class to Use Time Wisely.

Quick Tips to Make Every Minute Count.

The First Ten Minutes of Class.

Reducing Disruptions Through Effective Transitions.

Activities to Keep Students Engaged in Learning DuringTransition Times.

The Last Ten Minutes of Class.

V. Promote Self-Discipline.

Moving Beyond Crowd Control to Promote Self-Discipline.

Become a Consistent Teacher.

Teach Students How to Monitor Themselves.

Focus on Your Students' Strengths.

Increase Positive Interactions with Your Students.

How to Encourage Students Who Are Struggling.

How to Help Impulsive Students.

How to Assist Students with Attention Deficit Disorders.

How to Support Students Who Are Underachievers.

How to Help Students Make Up Missed Work.

Promote Self-Discipline Through Improved Self-Image.

Teach Your Students to Set and Achieve Goals.

Teach Students to Make Good Decisions.

Creating Self-Disciplined Students Through Problem-SolvingActivities.

Behavior Modeling That Can Transform a Class.

Use Behavior Contracts to Promote Responsibility.

Hold Students Accountable for Their Own Success.

VI. Use Classroom Management Systems.

Classroom Management Decisions You Will Have to Make.

How Classroom Rules, Policies, and Procedures PromoteSelf-Discipline.

A Simple Technique to Make Rules, Procedures, and Policies Easyto Remember.

Setting Limits and Abiding By Them.

Saying “No” Without Being Negative.

Create Classroom Rules.

How to Teach Classroom Rules Successfully.

Enforce Classroom Rules.

Policies that Guide Your Students.

Establish Control Through Class Procedures.

VII. Create and Maintain a Partnership with Students’Families.

Why All Teachers Need This Positive Relationship.

Helpful Attitudes to Help You Work with Parents andGuardians.

Avoid Confrontation with a Transparent Classroom.

How to Generate a Positive Working Relationship.

What You Can Expect from Your Students' Parents andGuardians.

What Your Students' Parents and Guardians Should Expect fromYou.

Hold Beneficial Conferences.

Documenting Home Contacts.

Manage Electronic Correspondence.

Make Productive Phone Calls.

Create a Class Web Page.

How to Maintain Student Privacy.

VIII. Establish a Cooperative Classroom Climate.

The Synergy of a Cooperative Classroom Climate.

What to Do When Your School's Climate Is Not Positive.

Connect with Your Students.

The Basics of a Good Teacher-Student Relationship.

How to Get to Know Your Students.

How to Let Your Students Know that You Care.

Boundaries in Teacher-Student Relationships.

Seeking Feedback from Your Students.

Teach Social Skills.

The Importance of Modeling Courtesy.

What to Do When a Student Confides in You.

Use Conflict Resolution Strategies to Create a ProductiveClassroom.

Arming Our Students: Teaching the Art of the AlternativeResponse to Rude Classmates.

Create A Sense of Community by Helping Students Learn About EachOther.

Use Interview Projects to Help Students Learn About EachOther.

Enjoy The Benefits of a Diverse Classroom.

Build a Positive Classroom Culture.

IX. Maintain Order with Effective Instruction.

The Relationship between Instruction and Discipline.

Provide Engaging Instruction.

Activities to Engage Students.

Build in Relevance.

Pace Lessons to Keep Every Student on Task.

What to Do When Wasted Time Causes Problems.

Differentiate Instruction to Engage Your Students.

How to Have Successful Homework Assignments.

Teach the Process of Long-Term Project.

Student Notebooks: Organizing for Success.

Ask Productive Questions.

Play Games with Your Students.

How to Use Technology to Enhance Instruction.

Help Students Stay on Task When Working with Computers.

Teaching Students to Work Well Together.

Some Quick Collaborative Activities without TechnologySupport.

Some Quick Collaborative Activities with Technology Support.

Monitoring Students’ Behavior.

Quick Monitoring Techniques.

Use a Syllabus to Prevent Problems.

When You Need a Substitute.

X. Motivate Students to Perform Well.

The Role Motivation Plays in a Discipline Plan.

Make Sure Students Know How to Do Their Work.

Study Skills Appropriate for Secondary Students.

Positive Reinforcement Makes the Difference.

Use Encouragement and Praise.

How to Use Encouragement and Praise Effectively.

Employ Extrinsic Motivation.

Techniques for Increasing Intrinsic Motivation.

Arouse Student Curiosity.

Build Critical-Thinking Skills.

Questions That Spark Critical Thinking.

Task Stems to Motivate Students Through Critical ThinkingActivities.

Active Learning Strategies for Active Students.

Use Inductive Learning to Engage Students.

Another Useful Method of Using Inductive Teaching: CaseStudies.

Appeal to Your Students’ Altruism.

Internet Resources for Service Projects in Your Classroom.

Show Students How to Benefit from Formative Assessments.

Enlarge the Learning Environment.

Create a Culture of Excellence in Your Classroom.

XI. Prevent Discipline Problems.

Create a Positive Situation When You Prevent DisciplineProblems

When You Are the Cause of the Problem.

When What You Say Causes Problems.

Conducting Useful Student Conferences.

Strategies for Successful Student Conferences.

Making Detentions Beneficial for Your Students.

Essay Questions that Will Help Solve Discipline Problems.

How to Handle the Difficult Class.

Win Over Your Difficult Students.

How to Increase the Positive Behaviors in Your Class.

How to Decrease the Negative Behaviors in Your Class.

XII. Cope Successfully with Discipline Problems Once TheyOccur.

The Difficult Task of Responding to Discipline Problems.

How to Successfully Investigate a Behavior Problem.

Employ the Steps of the Problem-Solving Approach.

The Importance of Early Intervention.

The Choices Teachers Have When Dealing with DisciplineProblems.

How to Refer a Student to the Office.

The Importance of Anecdotal Behavior Records.

How to Preserve Your Students' Dignity.

How to Handle Chronic Misbehavior.

How to Manage Students Who Want to Sleep Instead of Participatein Class.

What to Do When Students Lack Materials.

How to Help Students Who Daydream.

How to Manage Student Cell Phone Use in Class.

How to Manage Hallway Misbehavior.

How to Handle Requests to See the School Nurse.

How to Handle Vandalism.

How to Manage Profanity.

How to Intervene When Students Are Tardy.

How to Intervene When Students Are Truant.

How to Reduce Excessive Talking.

How to Avoid Power Struggles.

How to Intervene When Students Cheat.

How to Cope When Students Steal.

What to Do When Students Are Defiant.

Substance Abuse.

What to Do When Students Are Violent.

Warning Signs You Should Not Ignore.


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  • Posted February 9, 2012

    I loved this book!

    I heartily recommend Discipline survival guide for the secondary teacher to beginning and veteran teachers alike. It contains solid strategies and techniques to support beginning teachers as they plan for and guide their first classes; and it contains some great reminders and fresh insights for those of us who have been in the trenches a while. I loved the emphasis on positive, proactive discipline which really underscored the student centred focus of the entire book. I also found that the teacher worksheets really helped me to clarify my thinking and classroom policies. I wish that I’d had such a valuable tool when I first started teaching!

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

    Highly Recommended-especially new teachers!

    A week before school starts and I am feeling more and more confident as I refine my behavior and classroom management plans based on ideas in this book. It is chock full of practical ideas and suggestions to put into practice right away. Includes worksheets and chapter summaries that really pull the information together.

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