Teaching Discipline & Self-Respect: Effective Strategies, Anecdotes, and Lessons for Successful Classroom Management / Edition 1

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Surveys and studies continue to show that the single element causing the most concern for today's teachers is not instructional ability or content knowledge, but classroom management. According to one study, 70% of beginning teachers expressed concern about the ability to manage student behavior. If teachers want to be able to teach the content they were trained to teach, they need to first focus on effective classroom management: more specifically, how to teach students self-control. Operating on the principle that discipline cannot be forced onto a student, but taught as any other core subject, SiriNam S. Khalsa offers guidelines, specific strategies, and structured activities that WORK. Teaching Discipline offers strategies for working with students that shift the focus away from the negative, enhance self-esteem, and promote students' reflective thinking and responsible action.

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Editorial Reviews

Tammy Schoen
"Clear advice for new teachers struggling to develop a system and build rapport with students. Offers valuable insight into certain types of behaviors for any educator looking for a ‘new way’ to handle discipline problems."
Michelle Barnea
"Refreshingly positive. Provides tangible, doable techniques and describes respectful, sensitive approaches that can be implemented by all teachers with all students."
California Bookwatch
"Packs in lesson plans, strategies, and anecdotes from successful classroom management projects and thus is a top pick for teachers who wish to receive the applied experience of other professionals."
January 2008 Choice Magazine
“Khalsa does not propose a ‘one size fits all’ or single system approach to classroom management, as is typical in classroom management books. Rather the focus is on a realistic classroom management approach based on the myriad of human characteristics displayed by the diverse students in today’s classrooms.”
January 2008 CHOICE
“Khalsa does not propose a ‘one size fits all’ or single system approach to classroom management, as is typical in classroom management books. Rather the focus is on a realistic classroom management approach based on the myriad of human characteristics displayed by the diverse students in today’s classrooms.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412915489
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/15/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 813,213
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Jeffrey R. Ryan
About the Author
Introduction: About This Book
The Boatman and the Passenger
What Is Teaching Discipline and Self-Respect?
Outcomes of Teaching Discipline and Self-Respect
Chapter Organization
1. Building Cooperation and a Community of Learners
The Heart of an Eagle
Rapport: The Power of Relationships
Outcomes of Establishing Rapport
How to Develop Rapport
Techniques for Creating Dialogue
Strategies for Creating Cooperation
Building a Community of Learners
2. Creating Classroom Procedures and Routines
Changing Behavior Cycles
Discipline Versus Punishment
Alternatives to Punishment
Classroom Procedures and Routines
Teaching Classroom Procedures and Routines
Steps for Teaching Procedures and Routines
Thinking Signs
Follow-Up Feedback
3. Teaching Discipline and Self-Respect
Who's in Charge? Establishing Authority
Promoting Desirable Behavior
Promoting Desirable Behavior Outside the Classroom
Inviting Cooperation
Scenarios for Creating Cooperation in the Classroom
Offering Choices--Within Limits
Academic Choice
Avoiding Power Struggles
Setting Limits Through Thinking Words
The Criticism Trap
4. Strategies Impacting Positive Discipline and Self-Respect
Time Out
Self-Monitoring Checklist
Self-Control Cards
Staying in the Present
Collaborative Teaming: Many Heads Are Better Than One
5. Changing Eleven Negative Behavior Cycles
1. The Class Bully
2. The Class Clown
3. The Interrupter
4. The Disorganized Student
5. The Overly Sensitive Student
6. The Teaser
7. The Property Destroyer
8. The Fighter
9. The Student Who Feels Stupid
10. The Nervous Student
11. The Student Who Makes Sexual Overtones
6. Understanding Diverse Students and Difficult Circumstances
Working With Students and Families Who Are Disadvantaged
Scenarios for Responding to Events: Internal Voices
Understanding Culture and Linguistic Differences
ADHD: A Mistaken Disorder
Enhancing the Potential of All Students
7. Managing Your Stress: Help for Educators
Avoiding Burnout
Maintaining a Positive Mental Attitude: 15 Steps
Releasing Stress
Concluding Thoughts
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