Setting Limits in the Classroom: A Complete Guide to Effective Classroom Management with a School-wide Discipline Plan

Setting Limits in the Classroom: A Complete Guide to Effective Classroom Management with a School-wide Discipline Plan

by Robert J. Mackenzie, Lisa Stanzione


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Setting Limits in the Classroom: A Complete Guide to Effective Classroom Management with a School-wide Discipline Plan by Robert J. Mackenzie, Lisa Stanzione

Disruptive behavior, power struggles, lack of motivation, attention deficit disorder—at times the list of obstacles to teaching seems endless. That’s why thousands of teachers and child-care providers have turned to the solutions in Setting Limits in the Classroom. This fully updated and expanded third edition offers the most up-to-date alternatives to punishment and permissiveness—moving beyond traditional methods that wear you down and get you nowhere.

Topics include:
• Eliminating power struggles and handling disruptions quickly
• Establishing an effective environment for learning
• Using natural and logical consequences to support your rules
• Conducting proactive, focused parent conferences
• New research and techniques for supporting special-needs children

With its new focus on younger students and special tools for handling “strong-willed”
children, this edition offers schoolteachers the tools they need to gain control of their classrooms—respectfully and effectively.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307591722
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 07/20/2010
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 45,605
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.42(h) x 1.09(d)

About the Author

Robert J. Mackenzie, EdD, is an educational psychologist and family therapist. With more than 25 years of experience, he founded the Setting Limits program, which helps parents and teachers discover how to improve learning abilities and resolve behavior problems in children. He received his masters in educational psychology from the University of California at Davis and his doctorate in counseling and educational psychology from the University of San Francisco. He is the author of Setting LimitsSetting Limits with Your Strong-Willed Child, and Setting Limits in the Classroom.

Lisa Stanzione, M.A., is a special education teacher and resource specialist, as well as an educational consultant and a parent educator for the Setting Limits Program. She has been a consultant for developing and implementing the Learning Center Delivery model for special education services since 2001.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction xi

1 Creating Structure That Works 1

2 Developing Positive Relationships with Encouragement 28

3 Engagement Strategies: Making Learning Enjoyable 45

4 PAT: A Motivational Gift That Keeps on Giving 64

5 How Students Learn Your Rules 84

6 How Teachers Teach Their Rules 104

7 Classroom Dances: Ineffective Discipline in Action 135

8 Soft Limits Invite Testing and Power Struggles 155

9 Firm Limits: Clear Signals Students Understand 172

10 Ending Power Struggles Before They Begin 177

11 Logical Consequences: Structured Learning Experiences 199

12 Recess Academy: Strategic Training for Mastering Skills 230

13 Two-Stage Time-Out: A Stop Signal Kids Understand 245

14 Using Parents for Backup Support 265

15 Using the Office for Backup Support 272

16 Managing Crises and Extreme Behavior 284

17 Supporting Students with ADD/ADHD 292

18 Supporting Students with Special Needs 314

19 Developing a School-Wide Discipline Plan 320

Appendix 1 Setting Limits Companion Guide 350

Appendix 2 Sheldon Elementary Consequences for Misbehavior 353

Appendix 3 Suggestions for Getting Started 356

Appendix 4 Teacher Study Group Guide 359

Index 374

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