Responsive School Discipline: Essentials for Elementary School Leaders

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Bring positive behavior to your school through strong, consistent, and positive discipline. Two experienced administrators offer practical strategies for building a safe, calm, and respectful school climate—strategies based on deep respect for children and for staff. See how to: • Establish schoolwide signals that get quick, quiet attention • Craft schoolwide rules that children take seriously—even cherish • Give staff techniques for teaching and reinforcing expected behavior • Use 10 practices that will help all...
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Overview

Bring positive behavior to your school through strong, consistent, and positive discipline. Two experienced administrators offer practical strategies for building a safe, calm, and respectful school climate—strategies based on deep respect for children and for staff. See how to: • Establish schoolwide signals that get quick, quiet attention • Craft schoolwide rules that children take seriously—even cherish • Give staff techniques for teaching and reinforcing expected behavior • Use 10 practices that will help all children achieve positive behavior • Make restoring positive behavior the goal of responding to misbehavior • Create peaceful recesses, lunchtimes, hallways, and bus rides • Invite parents to work with you to improve school discipline

Each chapter targets one key discipline issue and starts with a checklist of action steps. For comprehensive discipline reform, go through the chapters in order. For help with a particular challenge, go right to the chapter you need.

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Dennis Copeland
"What do we want our school culture to be, and how do we create and maintain this culture? This book answers these important questions. The realistic strategies offered will resonate with leaders from all types of schools and make this book a training guide for practicing and aspiring school leaders."--) Dennis Copeland, Principal of Ironia Elementary School, Randolph, New Jersey)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892989437
  • Publisher: Center for Responsive Schools Inc
  • Publication date: 7/28/2011
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 520,689
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents Introduction: How We Want School to Be . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Part 1: Foundations of Positive Behavior 1 Seven Key Leadership Actions Start here to build better discipline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 2 Signals for Quiet Attention Quickly get children's attention anywhere in your school . . . . . . . . . . . 23 3 Schoolwide Rules Create a few positive rules that apply everywhere in school . . . . . . . . . 31 4 Positive Adult Language Support children's learning with this powerful tool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 5 Interactive Modeling Show children how expected behaviors look and sound . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 6 Proactive Supports for Students with Challenging Behaviors Ten practices that can help. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 7 School-Home Partnerships Bring parents into the conversation about discipline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 8 Staff Learning Together Deepening skills around discipline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Part 2: Positive Responses to Misbehavior 9 Clear Response Procedures Make sure all staff handle misbehavior consistently . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 10 Positive Use of Time-Out Plan how to respectfully give children a break from the classroom when necessary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 11 Conferencing With Parents When ?ere's a Problem Take a team approach to helping the child . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Part 3: Positive Behavior Everywhere 12 Playground Make recess a time of joy and learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 13 Cafeteria Create a calm, pleasant lunchtime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191 14 Hallways Keep them orderly and friendly. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205 15 Buses Ensure a safe ride to and from school . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219 Appendix A Schoolwide Rule Creation: A landmark in a 14-month journey to improve school climate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233 Appendix B Colleague Consultations: Six steps to understanding and solving problem behaviors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241 Appendix C A Repertoire of Conversation Formats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247 Appendix D Recommended Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253
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