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Common-Sense Classroom Management for Elementary School Teachers

Common-Sense Classroom Management for Elementary School Teachers

Second Edition

June 2006 | 152 pages | Corwin
'The organization and layout make it the perfect 'go-to' guide for virtually any problem. This book will revolutionize my management methods' - Amy M. Turkowski, Student Teacher, Clement Avenue School, Racine, WI

'It covers more practical information than I've seen compiled anywhere else' - Deborah Gordon, Math Teacher, K-6, Madison School District, Phoenix, AZ

'A great reference no matter how long you have taught' - Katina Keener, Second Grade Teacher, Gloucester County Schools, VA

This revised edition of the authors' best-selling Common-Sense Classroom Management for teachers in K-6 classrooms will be an indispensable resource for new and veteran teachers, as well as their mentors, trainers, and supervisors.

Covering more than 70 best practices for managing the typical school day, the authors use a straightforward format that features five steps or fewer for each strategy, with icons highlighting strategies that have been customized for the youngest learners and for special learners in the inclusive classroom.

With cartoons, resources, and illustrations, this guide will ensure that every school day includes humor and common sense.

Foreword by Christine Kadow
About the Authors
1. Taking Care of Teacher Business
Room Organization

Teacher Desk Organization


Independent Activities While Teacher Works with Small Groups

Reviewing Expectations

Field Trips

Making the Most of Your Paraprofessional Assistant

2. Creating a Positive Classroom Atmosphere
Classroom Seating

Decorating With Themes

Classroom Monitors and Jobs

Respect in Your Classroom

Teaching Social Skills

Ways to Include All Students in Classroom Participation

Super Student of the Week

Classroom Meetings

Compliment Book

Wall of Fame


3. Communicating With Parents
Parent-Teacher Relationships

Parent Conferences

Using Email With Parents

Using Cell Phones With Parentsl

Classroom Newsletters

4. Helping Parents Teach Children Safe Internet Practices
The Information Superhighway: Basic Information for Parents

Limiting Children to Appropriate Internet Content

More Tips for Safe Traveling

Using the Internet for School Projects

5. Working With Diverse Student and Family Populations
Working With Non-English-Speaking Students

Making Non-English-Speaking Students Comfortable in Your Classroom

Working With Non-English-Speaking Families

Working With Family Members Who May Be Illiterate

6. Dealing With Personal Hygiene Issues
Recognizing That a Problem Exists

Talking to Your Class

Talking With Parents

Providing Personal Care at School

Working With Support Staff

7. With-it-ness
Teacher Behaviors

Planning Ahead and Lesson Expectations

If a Lesson Really Isn’t Working

Looks, Gestures, Posture, and Positioning in Room to Convey Expectations

Demeanor and Actions During Lessons to Ensure Student Focus

Modeling Expected Responses

The Challenging Student

8. Transitioning
One Subject to Another

One Subject to Another: Moving Within the Room

Moving for Group Learning Activities

One Classroom to Another

9. Taking Care of Classroom Business
Entering School

Entering the Classroom

Beginning the Day


Homework Collection

Failure to Do Homework

Line Order

Bathroom Procedure


Pencil Sharpening

Gum, Candy, and Other Forbidden Edibles

Classroom Rules

Indoor Recess

Reentering the Classroom After Lunch and Recess

Ending the Day

10. Integrating Into Your School Culture
Becoming Part of the Team

Teacher Buddies and Mentors

To Socialize or Not to Socialize

The Teachers' Room

Ask for Help; Offer to Help

Other Supports for New Teachers

11. Preparing Your Students for Standardized Testing
Before the Test

Testing Day

After the Test

Test-Taking Tips for Students

12. Organizational Time
Desk Cleaning



Non-School-Related Materials

13. Rewards
Academic Rewards

Extra Special Class Time

Extra Art Time and Extra Gym Time

Leisure Time Activities

Lunch With the Teacher

Good News Phone Calls

Extra Classroom Chores

Whole-Class Rewards

Making Arrangements for Non-Reward Earners

Stickers, Stamps, and Other Goodies



Tokens and Play Money


14. Consequences
Identifying Challenging Students

Dealing with Mildly Challenging Behavior

Working with Chronic, Highly Disruptive Behavior

Suggested Readings



"The new chapters and strategies really bring the book up-to-date by addressing timely classroom issues such as safe Internet practices and standardized testing . . . the organization and layout make it the perfect 'go-to' guide for virtually and problem. This book will revolutionize my management methods."

Amy M. Turkowski, Student Teacher
Clement Avenue School, Racine, WI

"This book proves you can teach an old dog new tricks. I have been teaching for 16 years, yet the students and classroom settings are changing, and new issues constantly surface. An effective teacher must recognize this and find ways to adapt. (This book) offers insights into a number of current educational issues such as safe Internet practices, standardized testing, and increased parental involvement. New teachers will find it to be indispensable!"

Dave French, Teacher
Clement Avenue School, Racine, WI

"This book can help take place of an actual mentor teacher, especially since so many primary schools don't have funding for these positions covers more practical information than I've seen compiled anywhere else."

Deborah Gordon
Math Teacher, K-6, Madison School District, Phoenix, AZ

"Suited to all educators and a great reference no matter how long you have taught."

Katina Keener
Second Grade Teacher, Gloucester County Schools, Gloucester, VA

"This book addresses some very difficult subjects for inexperienced teachers. It is written in a clear, clean, and concise format which new and busy teachers could use in piecemeal segments as they progress through the year."

Thomas Kelchner
Department Head for K-12 Art Education, Williamsport Area School District, Williamsport, PA

"I believe that this book will be read by many, and should be used in college education classes to better prepare student teachers for classroom management challenges."

Katie Keier
First Grade Teacher, Roanoke City Schools, Blacksburg, VA

"I believe the authors provide an important service to new teachers by addressing several topics that usually aren't mentioned in teacher resource materials, such as helping parents teach children safe internet practices, dealing with personal hygeine issues, and integrating into school culture."

Steven Reifman
Classroom Teacher, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, Santa Monica, CA

Praise for the First Edition: "Wow! What a book! What a joy to read! Applying as many of these strategies as possible to your classroom management plan will result in a much easier and more successful year."

NSTA Recommends, April 2002

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Chapter 1

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