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

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Teachers want to be able to teach the content they were trained to teach. Yet most teachers find themselves faced with the challenge of achieving effective classroom management. Highly readable and engaging. Teaching Discipline & Self-Respect offers guidelines, specific strategies, and structured activities that have been used successfully in culturally, linguistically, economically, and academically diverse classrooms.

SiriNam S. Khalsa, a master teacher and consultant who is passionate about teaching and understanding the individual needs of every student, focuses on developing self-esteem and self-image while maintaining the dignity of each student Through vignettes and case studies, Khalsa's text provides readers with: Guidelines for changing students' negative behavior, Reproducible lessons, such as "Understanding Your Anger" and "Teaching 'I' and 'You' Messages", Engaging activities ready for immediate use in difficult situations, 15 steps to help teachers keep a positive mental attitude, 30 techniques for reducing stress and maintaining perspective when working with challenging students. This refreshing and energizing approach to classroom management shows teachers how to embrace positive change and improve both their teaching practices and their students' lives.

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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: 9781412915472
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/15/2007
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Jeffrey R. Ryan     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
About the Author     xv
Introduction: About This Book     1
The Boatman and the Passenger     1
What Is Teaching Discipline and Self-Respect?     3
Outcomes of Teaching Discipline and Self-Respect     4
Chapter Organization     5
Building Cooperation and a Community of Learners     7
The Heart of an Eagle     8
Rapport: The Power of Relationships     9
Outcomes of Establishing Rapport     9
How to Develop Rapport     10
Techniques for Creating Dialogue     16
Strategies for Creating Cooperation     22
Building a Community of Learners     25
Creating Classroom Procedures and Routines     29
Changing Behavior Cycles     29
Discipline Versus Punishment     30
Alternatives to Punishment     33
Classroom Procedures and Routines     35
Teaching Classroom Procedures and Routines     37
Steps for Teaching Procedures and Routines     39
Thinking Signs     42
Follow-Up Feedback     42
Teaching Discipline and Self-Respect     51
Who's in Charge? Establishing Authority     51
Promoting Desirable Behavior     57
Promoting Desirable Behavior Outside the Classroom     61
Inviting Cooperation     63
Scenarios for Creating Cooperation in the Classroom     64
Offering Choices-Within Limits     66
Academic Choice     70
Avoiding Power Struggles     71
Setting Limits Through Thinking Words     71
The Criticism Trap     73
Strategies Impacting Positive Discipline and Self-Respect     77
Time Out     77
Repeating     83
Redirecting     84
Momentum     86
Self-Monitoring Checklist     88
Self-Control Cards     91
Staying in the Present     92
Collaborative Teaming: Many Heads Are Better Than One     95
Changing Eleven Negative Behavior Cycles     101
The Class Bully     102
The Class Clown     110
The Interrupter     111
The Disorganized Student     112
The Overly Sensitive Student     113
The Teaser     113
The Property Destroyer     114
The Fighter      115
The Student Who Feels Stupid     116
The Nervous Student     117
The Student Who Makes Sexual Overtones     118
Understanding Diverse Students and Difficult Circumstances     121
Working With Students and Families Who Are Disadvantaged     121
Scenarios for Responding to Events: Internal Voices     123
Understanding Culture and Linguistic Differences     135
ADHD: A Mistaken Disorder     145
Enhancing the Potential of All Students     152
Managing Your Stress: Help for Educators     155
Avoiding Burnout     155
Maintaining a Positive Mental Attitude: 15 Steps     167
Releasing Stress     168
Concluding Thoughts     173
References     175
Index     177
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