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You Have to Go to School...You're the Teacher!

You Have to Go to School...You're the Teacher!
300+ Classroom Management Strategies to Make Your Job Easier and More Fun

Third Edition

February 2008 | 200 pages | Corwin
Now in its third edition, this best-selling ready reference for new and veteran teachers offers insights, tips, tactics, and strategies on 300 topics that teachers encounter in managing classrooms every day. With common sense, wit, and the depth of understanding that comes from decades of experience as a teacher, author, trainer, and workshop leader, Renee Rosenblum-Lowden shares her knowledge on positive classroom discipline and working with special learners, resistant learners, and struggling learners. School counselor and teacher Felicia Kimmel joins Rosenblum-Lowden for the new edition and brings additional expertise to the revised edition's emphasis on topics such as understanding child and adolescent development; understanding diversity and gender issues; helping students stay on task for classroom and homework assignments; making transitions from elementary to middle to high school and the workplace; and much more.
About the Authors
Part I. Tips for New and Student Teachers
1. Odds and Ends for Beginners
Put Loved Ones on Notice

Your Students Didn't Sleep Last Night Either!

The Mentor Teacher

Dress Like a Grown-Up

Students Do Get Crushes


Flexible Personal Expectations

Everyone Else's Plans Are Better

The Clerical Work Blues

Ask Teachers for Help

Observing Other Teachers

Teacher Negativity

Just Say No

Part II. Beginning a Winning Year
2. They're Not Here Yet
Get to School Early

Organizing the Room

Put Up Diplomas

Say Cheese

Don't Be Caught Unprepared or Late

Friendly, But Not Buddies

First Name Versus Surname

Personal Records Debate

3. They're Here
The Rush to Seats

Seating Ideas

Don't Seat by Height or Gender

Dealing for Groups

Record Keeping Questionnaire

Now and Later Cards

What Is Your Favorite Subject?

The First Day "Sneaker"

Fun Introductions

You've Got Mail

Tangible Class Guidelines and Rules

Let Students Set Rules and Consequences

You Own the Limelight

You Can Always Ease Up

Sit With Your Students

Greet Students at the Door


Yowks! 5 Minutes Left

End the First Day on an Up Note

4. They're Gone and You Survived!
Everything Can Be Redone

You're Not a Shrink

You Can't Win `Em All

Go Home and Chill Out

Part III. Helping Students Be Responsible
5. Establishing Routines
Creatures of Habit

The Standardized Notebook

The "Do Now"/ ?Warm Up?

The Aim of "Aim"

Class Wrap-Ups

When to Give Out Worksheets

You Teach, Not Videos

Who Dismisses?

6. Have Them Come (and Stay) Prepared
You Are Not the Supply Store

Bless the Bargain Stores

Collateral, Please

Strings Attached

Creative Pencils

The Sharpener Cover

Pencils = Charity

?You Owe Me a favor?


Scrap Paper

7. Homework Strategies
The Importance of Homework

The Homework Spot

Numbering Homework

Collecting Homework

Hand in a Blank Sheet

Sign on the Dotted Line

Homework Buddies


Oops Pass

Homework Penalty (With Room for Redemption)

Homework Helper?You

8. Bathroom Breaks
The Sign-out Book

?Can You Wait a Minute? ?

The Visual Pass

Secret Code

Bathroom Coupons

Respecting the Restroom

It's That Time?

9. Empowering Students
We Make Our Own Choices

The Right to Pass

The Sanctuary

Tacit Approval

One Is a Rat?Ten Is Power

The "Many Kids Told Me" Fib

Don't Call Home

Softening the Call Home

Tons of Quizzes

Offer Choices

Confer for Grades

"Class"?The Collective Noun

Independent Reading, With Twinkies!

Go With the Roll

Incorporating Fads

Did They Learn What You Taught?

Role Reversal/Role-Playing

?Am I Boring??

Classroom Suggestion Box

A Fun Way to Limit Slang

Don't Overcorrect

Student Revenge: Your Personal Evaluation

"Help, I'm Being Observed!"

I Bragged About You

10. Setting Consequences
Every Act Has a Consequence

Coupons/Tickets/Marbles/ ?Money?

Sweets or No Sweets

Start With a 99%

Conduct Sheets

Torture Sheets

When to Call Home

Avoiding Confrontation

11. Preventing Showdowns
Going on Automatic

Everything Is Embarrassing

Humor, Not Sarcasm

The Biggest No-No: "Only Kidding"

"Shut Up!"?Not!

"I Told You So"

Avoid Arguments


Choose Your Battles

Start All Over

Beware of Empty Threats

No Spur-of-the-Moment Rules

Set Up Winning Situations


Don't Force Students to Lie

Make Rules Specific: Narrow Them Down

No Sides


No Comparisons

Never Attack Personally


12. Alternatives to Yelling
The ?Teacher? Look

The ?Excuse Me? Smile

The Lowered Voice

The Art of Gestures

Clap, Clap

Hurry, Shut Out the Lights!

Praising One

Initials On Board

Visual Commands

"I Am Waiting"

The Bellhop Bell

Stop Teaching

The Tardy Quiz

Early Bird Special

An Imaginary Friend

Word of the Day


13. Knowing Your Audience
Group Dynamics

Division of Labor

Don't Play "I Gotcha"

Deceiving Looks

Kids Have Bad Days, Too

Negative Attention Seekers

Good Kids Can Do Bad Things

Hold Students to Different Standards

Too Much Push on Sports

"Can We Really Be Anything We Want?"

Audio or Visual?

Check the Senses

Respect Privacy

A Secret Is a Secret, Unless...

Ignore Reputation

Permissive Versus Overly Permissive

Cultural Differences

What Language Is Spoken at Home?

Quality, Not Quantity

Confusing Neatness With Responsibility

Describe a Fight to a Potential Pugilist

The Sound-Off Minute

Part IV. Showing You're on the Same Team
14. Communicating Like a Pro
Acknowledge Feelings

Never Deny Perception

Use "I" Messages

"Let's" Instead of "You"

Interchange Gender Pronouns

Limit the "You Shoulds"


How to Listen

Make Limits Total Rather Than Partial

State Rules Impersonally

Vague Allegations

Describe What You See (or Don?t See)

Pick a Rule and Stick to It

Stay Simple: One Word or Sentence Will Do

The Desk Drummer

Would You Talk to an Adult That Way?

Don't Futurize


Don't Mix Criticism With Praise

Cursing ? Yes or No?

Forced Apologies Not Accepted

The Double Message

What Would Another Teacher Tell Me?

15. Being Fair
Admit When You Are Wrong

Admit When You Don't Know Something

Never Break a Promise

Never Demand a Promise

"I'm in a Bad Mood"

"This Hurts Me More Than It Hurts You"

No "Boys Will Be Boys"

Etiquette Pitfalls

Please and Thank You

Gauge the Amount of Homework

16. Bonding Strategies
"I'm on Your Side"

Being Vulnerable: Share a Giggle

Relating Your Own Experiences

Staying Neutral

Those Special Few Minutes

15 Seconds of Fame

Creative Excuses

Bend the Rules


Read Aloud to Your Students

Giant Calendar

Celebrate Birthdays

Catch the Spirit

"I Thought of You"

Morning Meetings

Class Solutions

Decorating Your Room?Again

Thank Them for the Joy They Bring

When All Else Fails, Buy Pizza

Part V. Building Confidence Through Earned Praise
17. Self-Esteem Strategies
Praise, Praise, Praise?But Don't Overpraise

Acknowledge Improvements


Confidence Grading

Enthusiastic Credit When Credit Is Due

Put-Ups, Not Put-Downs

Respect Uniqueness

Leaders Need to Follow

Don't Rush to Correct

Call Home for the "Average" Student

"I Knew You Could Do It" (and More)

A Little White Lie

"You're a Late Bloomer"


Some of Us Can't Spell

Wonderful Comments on Paper

Post All Students' Work

"I Got a 97%! What Did You Get?"

Part VI. Safety
18. Personal, Physical, and Professional Safety
To Touch or Not to Touch

Face the Door

Never Release a Student to a Stranger

Never Throw a Student Out of Your Room

Don?t Break Up Fights

Screen the Videos

Your School's Emergency Plan

The Cafeteria

Keep the Door Open

You Are Neither a Pharmacist nor a Doctor

Do Not Drive Your Students in Your Car

Report Every Accident

Trust Your Gut Feelings and Follow Instincts

Go Home Already!

Part VII. Using Your Support System
19. Working With Parents
Meet Parents Right Away

Send Home an Introduction

Accommodate Parents

Inform Parents Early On

Tear on the Dotted Line

Parents and the Internet

Getting Parents Involved

Special Relative Day

Call Both Parents

Students at Parent Conferences?

Teacher as Middleman

Parent/Teacher Conference Management

Assuring Parents

The Defensive Parent

Parents and Homework

Children as Dream Fulfillers

Parents Knowing More Than You

The Blame Game

Don?t Stereotype

Beware of the Answering Machine


20. Working With the School Support Team
Cover Your Back?When to Consult Your School Counselor or Psychologist

Conflict Resolution

Cooperative Teacher Input

Buddy Teacher

Other Teachers? Successes

Confronting Other Teachers

No Gossiping About Your Students

Teacher Competition

Do You Float?

Field Trip Protocol

Helping Substitute Teachers

Preparing Your Students for Your Absence

Evaluating Substitute Teachers

Partnerships With Local Shops, Libraries, and Bookstores

Getting Along With the "Boss"

The Teachers' Union

Keep Those Skills Sharp

The Really Important People

Part VIII. Parting Shots
21. See You Next Year!
Is Teaching What You Really Want to Do?

Keep in Touch

The Portfolio

Holiday "Blahs"

Burnout Prevention

Only a Few More Months 'til Summer Vacation

Suggested Readings

"Rosenblum-Lowden’s energy alone lit up the room, and with her inspiring words, experienced advice, and genuine care, our students could not have been more moved. She is gifted with the way she shares her knowledge, and it is no wonder she is a sought-after presenter. She is a beacon for so many."

Lisa Twiss, Instructor
Johns Hopkins University

“This book should be required reading for all teachers. The multitude of classroom strategies offers teachers invaluable insights and techniques."

Michelle Fratti, Consultant, NYC Partnership for Teacher Excellence
Former Superintendent of Schools, New York City

"All who attended our end-of-the-year celebration made a special effort to let me know how much they enjoyed both interacting with Rosenblum-Lowden and listening to her presentation. I am certain they will be referring to You Have to Go to School…You’re the Teacher! for their entire careers."

Andrea Mucci, Manager for New Teacher Support
Anne Arundel County Public Schools, MD

“Renee Rosenblum-Lowden is an inspiring writer who has a message for rookie teachers, veteran teachers, and every teacher in between. Through sharing stories, modeling behaviors, and holding up a mirror, she brings home in a light-hearted way the truth of what a career in teaching is all about—creating a classroom environment that encourages both students and educators to strive for and experience success.”

Sue Hughes, Supervisor
Allegany County Public Schools, MD

"Packs in many important tips on classroom management challenges. All are common concerns: what's new here are new approaches and strategies to make the teacher's job easier."

The Bookwatch, June 2008
Midwest Book Review

I didn't adopt this book as I thought it would be a book I would consider as a recommended rather than a required read. It covers a lot of great ideas not all that I necessarily adhere to though.

Dr Julie Delello
Curriculum Instruction Dept, University of Texas at Tyler
October 19, 2010

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