Real Talk About Classroom Management: 50 Best Practices That Work and Show You Believe in Your Students

Real Talk About Classroom Management: 50 Best Practices That Work and Show You Believe in Your Students

by Serena Pariser

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ISBN-13: 9781544317731
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 01/25/2018
Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 1,228,753
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Serena Pariser, M.A., has twelve years classroom experience in public and charter schools from kindergarten to 12th grade. She has taught in some of the most challenging school settings from coast to coast. In addition to her extensive experience in urban school settings, she also has experience in affluent schools, and has truly seen all sides of education. Most of her full time teaching experience is at the middle school level, although she has experience in high school and elementary school settings. She earned her master's degree in Educational Technology from San Diego State University. She has been a teacher, teacher coach, curriculum designer, and has held leadership positions in school settings. Serena was humbled to be recognized as Teacher of the Year at Gompers Preparatory Academy. 

She has been invited to present at three consecutive Character Matters conferences at University of San Diego about integrating character education into the Common Core curriculum.  Furthermore, she co-presented at the 2015 UCSD Diving Deep: Common Core and NGSS conference. Serena was a three-year member of the advisory board at the Character Education Resource Center at University of San Diego. She later transitioned into the role of an assistant to the Character Education Resource Center and then to Lead Administrator to the 2017 21st Annual Character Matters Conference, that brings together administrators and teachers from all over the country. In addition, Serena was selected to be a National Evaluator for Schools of Character, where she evaluated elementary schools’ character education programs and determined if they were eligible to be a National School of Character.

            In addition to her educational work in the United States, Serena has expanded her educational knowledge around the globe. She coached teachers and modeled best practices and engagement strategies in Kathmandu, Nepal and also taught in rural parts of Turkey. Serena was selected as a U.S. Ambassador with Fulbright Distinguished Teachers Award, which gave her an opportunity to coach teachers in Botswana on engagement strategies, smart technology uses, and best practices in the classroom. 

             Serena has a national audience of educators on social media and her website at, where she writes educational articles for teachers around the country and globe. She currently works as Assistant Director of Field Experience at University of San Diego, where she has a broader influence on new teachers entering the profession. She also instructs a seminar class for new teachers.


Table of Contents

About the Author
My First Year
Part 1. First Weeks of School
Best Practice #1: Make Day 1 About the Students
Best Practice #2: Get Respect—and Fast
Best Practice #3: Set Your Routine and Structures Early—and Keep Them!
Best Practice #4: Speak Student
Best Practice #5: Create Purposeful Seating Charts
Part 2. Forming Positive Relationships With Your Students
Best Practice #6: Use Your Power for Good, Not Evil
Best Practice #7: Let Students Make Mistakes Without Feeling Like Failures
Best Practice #8: Win Over the Tough Kids
Best Practice #9: Become a Teacher Detective
Best Practice #10: Spread Positivity With Your Words and Tone
Best Practice #11: Focus on the Positive and Create Positive Students
Best Practice #12: Understand the Student Known to Others as the “Bad Kid”
Best Practice #13: Reward Students
Best Practice #14: Learn the Power of Behavior Contracts
Part 3. Curriculum and Instruction
Best Practice #15: Get Your Students Engaged: Make Learning Fun and Make It Transferable
Best Practice #16: Research, Read, Use
Best Practice #17: Pick Up the Pace
Best Practice #18: Use Arm’s Length Voice
Best Practice #19: Be One or Two Steps Ahead of the Class
Best Practice #20: Keep Everything Contextualized and Do Projects!
Best Practice #21: Challenge and Support Students
Best Practice #22: Take Risks in Your Lessons
Best Practice #23: Know How to Prepare for When You Just Can’t Be There
Best Practice #24: Use Creative Discipline
Best Practice #25: Vary Levels of Noise in the Classroom
Best Practice #26: Make Groupwork Work
Best Practice #27: Let Their Creative Juices Flow
Best Practice #28: Teach to Every Different Type of Learner
Best Practice #29: Have NO Doubts, But Be Prepared to Have (Just a Few) Lessons Flop
Part 4. Other Adults as Resources
Best Practice #30: Learn How to Win Over Parents
Best Practice #31: Know How to Make Coteaching Work
Best Practice #32: Be a Sponge
Best Practice #33: Find a Mentor
Best Practice #34: Watch and Learn
Best Practice #35: Instead of Talking, Listen With Your Mind
Best Practice #36: Be Proactive: Get and Keep Administration on Your Side
Part 5. Spins That Will Wow Your Students
Best Practice #37: Get Guest Speakers Into Your Classroom
Best Practice #38: Give Students Power and a Voice
Best Practice #39: Show Your Students You Care
Best Practice #40: Laugh Together and You Will Learn Together
Best Practice #41: Give Gifts
Best Practice #42: Be the Teacher They Never Had
Best Practice #43: Know That Kids Notice the Small Things
Best Practice #44: Get Students to Behave When You’re Covering Classes
Best Practice #45: Surprise!
Part 6. Keeping Yourself Sane
Best Practice #46: Balance Your Life
Best Practice #47: Know How to Handle the Difficult Parent Meetings
Best Practice #48: Keep it Balanced: Give and Take Equally
Best Practice #49: Be Responsive and Prioritize
Best Practice #50: Be Mindful With Your Coworkers
Widening Our Lens: A Global Perspective on Classroom Management
Handy To-Go List of 50 Teaching Dos and Don’ts
The End—of the Beginning
Real Advice: Teacher to Teacher
Bibliography and References

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