Strategies for Successful Classroom Management: Helping Students Succeed Without Losing Your Dignity or Sanity

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This sequel to the bestseller As Tough as Necessary focuses on a multidimensional approach and practical motivational techniques that encourage students to change their negative behaviors. Using schoolwide and classroom rules that promote nonviolence and support teaching and learning, the authors present ways to teach alternatives to hostility and aggression and establish safe classrooms. Teachers will find guidance for: Developing schoolwide values, Helping students practice solving problems, Teaching conflict resolution and anger management, Finding spirituality within, Reducing stress, and more. This invaluable resource is ideal for educators dedicated to creating and sustaining safe, stable school environments where learning can flourish.
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Editorial Reviews

Barbara K. Given
"This book iswritten clearly and the concrete examples make it a practical guide for teachers. The authors provide a clear rationale for teaching values and behaviors that can go a long way toward building learning communities."
Deborah Alexander-Davis
"The content is crucial for classroom teachers who want to help children learn alternatives to aggression. The authors don’t just ‘talk the talk’, they ‘walk the walk.’"
Kathryn Fitzgerald Abels
"This book will be useful to any adult, not just teachers, who works with students who have issues with aggression. "
Sheila Fisher
"Other resources I have used would suggest trying to conference with the aggressive student or removing the student. This book suggests diverting the student by diffusing the anger. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412937832
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/11/2007
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Mendler is a certified elementary and special education teacher with extensive experience working with challenging students in general education, self-contained, and inclusion settings. As an Adjunct Professor at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, he teaches Behavior Management, and Introduction to Special Education. In addition, he provides staff development training for K-12 educators and youth service workers throughout North America with the focus on how to be successful with even the most difficult students. Mr. Mendler’s recent publication, Tips 4 Teachers, is an easy to read book for educators that offers specific, practical strategies from the Discipline with Dignity approach. Brian is a contributor to the book, Just in Time: Powerful Strategies to Promote Positive Behavior, published with Dr. Allen Mendler, co-author of numerous publications including Discipline with Dignity. The publication provides practical, in-depth suggestions for teachers that offer solutions to problems with discipline and motivation.

While completing his Master’s degree at D'Youville College in Buffalo, Brian began volunteering in the Big Brothers/ Big Sisters program. He has been passionately involved with this program, and his “little,” Victor, since that time. He also works with Special Olympics, helping out in their track and field, and softball programs. Brian currently resides in Rochester, NY.

Dr. Richard Curwin is an award winning instructor, author and educational consltant. His philosophy on discipline, behavior, and classroom management is one of the most widely used in the world. He is co-author on the national best selling book Discipline with Dignity, which offers educators a plethora of strategies on behavior and classroom management.

Dr. Curwin has also authored or co-authored many other publications, including:
Discipline with Dignity for Challenging Youth
Rediscovering Hope: Our Greatest Teaching Strategy.
Making Good Choices

His seminars and training sessions offer educators ready-to-use strategies with objectives, materials, language, and examples-all designed to encourage students to accept responsibility for their own behavior. Dr. Cuwin believes that mistakes can become opportunities for learning, and provide teachers a chance to teach respect and self-discipline.

Dr. Curwin's articles have appeared in Educational Leadership, Reclaiming Children and Youth, Instructor, Parenting, and Learning. All highly acclaimed educational resources. He is a leader in the fields of discipline, behavior, and classroom management.

He is in high demand as a speaker in America and internationally. His strategies and techniques are used in Belgium, Germany, Japan, Singapore and Israel. He was a recipient of the coveted Crazy Horse Award for having made outstanding contributions to discouraged youth.

Dr. Curwin is the parent of 3 children and 5 grandchildren. He resides in San Francisco, California.

Dr. Allen Mendler is an educator, school psychologist, behavior and classroom management expert, and parent of three children.

He has worked extensively with children of all ages in regular education and special education settings. He has consulted to many schools on the topics of discipline, behavior, and classroom management. He has also consulted at day and residential centers, and has done extensive work with youth in juvenile detention.

Dr. Mendler's emphasis is on developing effective frameworks and strategies for educators to manage behavior and classrooms. He is an expert at helping youth professionals, teachers, administrators, and parents help difficult youth succeed.

As one of the internationally acclaimed authors of the book Discipline with Dignity, Dr. Mendler has given many workshops and seminars to professionals and parents. His behavior management philosophy is highly acclaimed, and Dr. Mendler is in demand as a motivational speaker and trainer by schools all over the world.

He is the author or co-author of many books including:
What Do I Do When?
Power Struggles: Successful Techniques for Educators
Motivating Students Who Don't Care
Connecting with Students
Discipline with Dignity for Challenging Youth

Dr. Mendler's most recent book, Just in Time, provides practical easy-to-read tips and specific methods for preventing discipline problems. His articles have appeared in many journals including Educational Leadership, Kappan, Learning, Reclaiming Children and Youth, and Reaching Today's Youth.

Dr. Mendler has been recognized for his distinguished teaching in the areas of discipline, behavior, and classroom management by the Bureau of Education and Research, and was a recipient of the coveted Crazy Horse Award for having made outstanding contributions to discouraged youth.

Dr. Mendler lives with his wife Barbara and his daughter Lisa in Rochester N.Y.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
About the Authors     xi
Introduction     xv
The Problem of Harmful Aggression     1
Attitudes, Beliefs, and Principles for Educators     11
Why Kids Misbehave and What to Do About It     25
Fair Versus Equal     39
Classroom Strategies for the Teacher     51
Developing Effective Rules     91
Handling Power Struggles Effectively     101
Strategies for Teaching Students to Handle Conflict Effectively     111
Helping Students Handle Bullying     133
Conclusion     149
References     151
Index     153
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