Rethinking Classroom Management: Strategies for Prevention, Intervention, and Problem Solving / Edition 2

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Provides new real-life examples, intervention techniques, and ready-to-use worksheets for addressing potential problems before learning is disrupted and demonstrates ways to foster student leadership in your classroom.
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Editorial Reviews

Dutchess Maye
"Many of today’s discipline problems are student responses to outdated practices. This book lives up to its title, providing innovative approaches that demonstrate leadership rather than management. Teachers discover creative and proactive ways to engage students in the development of learning environments that are positively charged, cooperatively structured, and self-governed.”
Fran Johnson
“For the past twenty years, I have used the tenets of Rethinking Classroom Management to supportnew teachers and work as a teacher on special assignment and later as an administrator. In my current role, I consistently refer principals to the RTI strategies found in Belvel’s work. Ultimately these strategies lead to strengthened relationships and positive social behaviors. Students problem solve solutions that guide them to make constructive behavior choices so they can focus on academics.”
Andrea Lichter
"Provides classroom teachers with a framework of techniques and strategies—anchored in prevention, intervention, and problem solving—that develop engaged, self-directed students with the social and critical thinking skills for the world ahead. The format is user-friendly and the scenarios and examples are excellent tools for exploring beliefs and management style, a first step in creating a positive learning environment where the teacher is a leader and facilitator of learning rather than amanager and controller.”
Deborah Walker
“This teacher guidebook gracefully weaves together theory, practice, and common sense about creating positive classrooms where students are active participants in their own learning and where teachers lead their students in developing academic and social skills for school and for life. It connects classroom management and instructional design, demonstrating that students attend to learning when they are engaged and when classroom rules and procedures are well established, make sense, and reflect both teacher and student desires for a nurturing and productive learning environment.”
Liz Talbot
“I have used these strategies for nearly twenty years as a speech-language therapist, GATE teacher, andprofessional developer presenting the strategies to teachers. Recently, I have been working with colleagues in broadening my understanding and application of Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI2), which is a framework and philosophy that can help in assisting Program Improvement Schools and Districts. Rethinking Classroom Management is a perfect match with RTI2 in both academic and behavioral realms. I would highly recommend this book to any school or district needing to enhance and strengthen RTI2.”
Ruth Ann Costanzo
“As a university instructor, I found Rethinking Classroom Management to be one of the best resources for preservice teachers. This book guides teacher candidates to solidify their values and beliefs about classroom management. They begin their teaching career with a solid foundation on how to develop a positive classroom learning environment.”
Debbie Textor

"As a teacher and principal, I have found Pat Belvel and Maya Marcia Jordan's prevention and intervention framework to be the single most important resource to help teachers become consciously competent about their classroom management strategies and the positive effects they have on students."

Martha Kaufeldt

"Traditional classroom management strategies do not encourage the development of basic social skills. Rethinking Classroom Management is a desperately needed guide for educators about how to re-examine our own belief systems and change the way we attempt to manage and control students’ behavior. Every teacher should read and apply the ideas in this great resource."

Kristin Driggs

"Rethinking Classroom Management is the thinking teacher's answer to creating a positive, student-oriented learning environment."

Mimi Ahern

"The teacher as creator of a positive environment where every learner succeeds is at the core of Rethinking Classroom Management. Weaving years of experience through disparate theoretical understandings, Belvel and Jordan have molded and polished a practical classroom management tool—a gift to teachers of any level."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412963480
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/7/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 299
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Sequeira Belvel is a mother, teacher, educational consultant, and leadership coach for teachers and families. As founder and president of Training & Consulting Institute, Inc., Belvel's mission is to promote leadership skills that will impact and shift management strategies from those that rely on the motivation of reward and punishment to those that invite internal control. She has been leading classroom leadership and family leadership workshops for the past 30 years, encouraging educators to initiate and support a learning environment (both at home and at school) that invites young people to become responsible, caring, peaceful leaders. She is well known for her compassionate, no-blame approach in working with teachers and students. Currently, she contracts with school districts and individual school sites to support teachers' use of these strategies in their classrooms. She is also an adjunct faculty member, lecturer, and supervisor of student teachers at San Jose State University in California. Educators from many cultures and dis­tricts endorse her work because of the positive impact of the workshop and follow-up coaching sessions for both students and teachers. She holds a BA from Holy Names University in Oakland, California, and an MA from the University of Santa Clara, California. You can contact Pat through her Web site at

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Marsha Speck
About the Author
Part I. Rethinking Our Role in the Classroom
1. Shifting From Manager to Leader
2. Shifting Our Style to Match Our Beliefs
Part II. The Four “Ps” of Prevention: Personal, Prerequisites, Parameters, and Participation
3. Personal Relationships for Trust: The First “P” of Prevention
4. Prerequisites for Success: The Second “P” of Prevention
5. Parameters for Cooperation: The Third “P” of Prevention
6. Participation for Involvement: The Fourth “P” of Prevention
Part III. Intervention Techniques and Problem-Solving Strategies
7. Rethinking Classroom Interventions for Cooperation and Safety
8. Solution-Focused Problem-Solving Strategies
Suggested Readings
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