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Teach More and Discipline Less
Preventing Problem Behaviors in the K-6 Classroom



February 2005 | 160 pages | Corwin
`The book is a comprehensive and practical work addressing the issues of today's classrooms, and it is written by a person well-aware of how demanding teaching can be' - Ole Bang-Larsen, Chief Psychologist and Manager of Special Education, Vicing Office, Braedstrup Community, Denmark

Drawn from the observation of master teachers as well as the author's own classroom experience, this book contains many time-tested ideas, activities and strategies for empowering students while establishing an `invisible' authority that commands respect.

The book takes the guesswork out of organizing and maintaining a classroom environment in which the students fell secure, happy and challenges and in which teachers can teach more and discipline less.

 
Preface: A Focus on Prevention
 
Note to the New Guys
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Set Yourself Up for Success
Delivering an Unequivocal Message  
Survival Skill Number 1: Classroom Management  
Kids Don't Care How Much You Know Until They Know How Much You Care  
Basic Techniques of Positive Teachers  
Standard Procedures: The Unwritten Rules  
Suggested Standard Procedures  
Together We Make a Difference  
Minimize Problems as You Arrange Desks  
The Power of a Quiet Voice  
Minimize Problems as You Arrange Desks  
"Teacher, What Do I Do Now?"  
Classroom Rules Are Set Cooperatively  
Reminders About Rules  
Recognition and Reinforcement  
Roundup of Chapter 1  
 
2. Build Rapport With Kids
The Secrets to Their Success  
Common Denominators  
Two Letters of Welcome  
Getting to Know You  
The News Begins the Day  
An Important 15 Minutes  
Can You Risk Sharing Yourself?  
Classroom Climate  
Yes, You Are a Counselor  
The Characteristics of High Self-Esteem  
Three Components of Self-Esteem  
Building a Sense of Connectedness  
Building a Sense of Uniqueness  
Building a Sense of Power  
Roundup of Chapter 2  
 
3. Develop Effective Strategies
Love Alone Does Not a Classroom Manage  
Planning: The Key to Good Teaching  
Effective Classroom Planning  
Enhance Your Environment  
A Better Class Because of Their Ownership  
Promote a Sense of Class Pride  
Kids Must Risk in Order to Succeed  
Mistakes: Wonderful Opportunities to Learn  
Look at Something Another Way  
A Time to Talk, a Time to Be Quiet  
Captain of the Week  
Nothing Like a Good Laugh!  
Roundup of Chapter 3  
 
4. Promote a Feeling of Cohesiveness
Grouping for Cooperation  
Community Circle: Simple But Powerful  
Incidental Discussions as Problem Solvers  
A Scheduled Classroom Meeting  
Kids Suggest Topics for Discussion  
Activities to Build a Feeling of Belonging  
Kids Discuss Misbehavior  
Ready to Work in Small Cooperative Groups  
Setting the Stage  
Practice Working Together in Groups  
Teams in Competition  
Roundup of Chapter 4  
 
5. Minimize Problems With Proven Techniques
The Art of Asking Good Questions  
Orchestrate Smooth Transitions  
The Good and Bad Sides of Praise  
Praise the Deed, Encourage the Child  
Negative and Positive Intervention  
Parents Make a Difference  
Guidelines to Send to Parents  
Unique Techniques  
Rx: Take One Sponge When Needed  
"My Best Teacher"  
Roundup of Chapter 5  
 
6. Respond to Misbehavior
A Few Inevitable Behavior Problems  
Stop a Problem Before It Happens  
A Positive Look at Misbehavior  
Temporary Compliance  
The "Teacher Look" for Small Violations  
The Democratic Approach to Misbehavior  
When "No" Means "Maybe"  
The Downside of Rewards  
Beyond Praise and Rewards  
Three Workable Systems  
Motivating Students to Learn  
Excellence in Teaching  
Roundup of Chapter 6  
 
References and Suggested Readings
 
Index

“The book is a comprehensive and practical work addressing the issues of today’s classrooms, and it is written by a person well-aware of how demanding teaching can be.”

Ole Bang-Larsen, Chief Psychologist and Manager of Special Education
Vicing Office, Braedstrup Community, Denmark

“Reider’s book gives valuable and practical ideas used by teachers she has observed throughout the world for preventing disruptions before they start. She proclaims an unfailing faith in the everyday hardworking teacher and presents workable ideas to sharpen teaching skills and improvements for classroom management.”

Joy Heisig, Educational Consultant
California State University, Fresno

“In my twenty five years as a school principal, I have seen many teachers struggle with negative student behavior. This book will help teachers avoid the many pitfalls in classroom management and enable them to create an optimal learning environment for their students.”

Gary Pogue, School Principal (Retired)
Buckeye Elementary, Shingle Springs, CA

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface: A Focus on Prevention

Chapter 1: Set Yourself Up for Success


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