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The Caring Teacher's Guide to Discipline

The Caring Teacher's Guide to Discipline
Helping Students Learn Self-Control, Responsibility, and Respect, K-6

Third Edition

Other Titles in:
Classroom Discipline

September 2008 | 224 pages | Corwin
In the third edition of this bestseller you will learn strategies to help students to do the right thing. With this insightful and important work, teachers can acquire the skills they need to help students practice self-control, solve problems, use good judgment, and correct their own misbehaviour.

You'll learn strategies to:

Give students realistic expectations and establish rules for behavior

Prevent and resolve misunderstandings using open communication

Deal with anger (yours and your students')

Develop and use problem-solving techniques

Create effective partnerships with parents

Foreword to the First Edition by Carl D. Glickman
Preface to the Third Edition
About the Author
Introduction: Caring Teachers Can Make a Difference
What Is Caring Teacher Discipline?

Caring Teacher Discipline Saves Time and Reduces Stress

Caring Teacher Discipline: An Approach for All Students

The Basic Assumption

Summary of Main Points

1. Creating a Caring Community
Caring Classroom Relationships: A Win-Win Situation

Establishing Caring Relationships With Our Students

Establishing Caring Relationships Among Our Students

Engaging Parents as Partners in Discipline

Insecure Attachment to Adults: A Relationship Challenge

Summary of Main Points

2. Setting the Stage for Appropriate Behavior
Space: There’s a Place for Everything


Class Meetings

Summary of Main Points

3. Expectations, Limits, and Rules
Unreasonable Barricades: How Students Respond

No Fences: How Students Respond

Waist-High Fences: How Students Respond

How to Build Waist-High Fences

Summary of Main Points

4. Encouragement, Praise, and Rewards


The Artful Critique


Summary of Main Points

5. Social and Emotional Learning
Recognizing and Labeling Feelings

Communicating Feelings Nonhurtfully

Listening to Others

Caring Teacher Listening: A Preventive Discipline Tool

Summary of Main Points

6. Harnessing and Channeling Anger Into Constructive Outlets
Defusing Student Anger on the Spot

Helping Students Harness Anger

Preventing Student Anger

Harnessing Our Own Anger

Summary of Main Points

7. Tracking Down the Cause of Misbehavior
Looking in the Mirror

Understanding Common Cause of Misbehavior

Summary of Main Points

8. What to Do After Students Misbehave
Low-Key Discipline

Discipline With a Capital D: Problem Solving

Contract for Prevention

The Benefits of Problem Solving for Students

Teaching Our Students Problem Solving

Group Problem Solving

Summary of Main Points

9. Consequences for Misbehavior
Choosing a Consequence

Differentiating Between Consequences and Punishments

More About Problem Solving for Consequences

Summary of Main Points

10. Strategies for Chronic, Annoying Misbehaviors
Kinds of Misbehaviors

Summary of Main Points

11. Bullying: Prevention and Intervention
Definition of Bullying



Cyber Bullying

Summary of Main Points

12. Enhancing Resilience: Strategies for Misbehavior Resulting From Childhood Trauma
What Is Childhood Trauma?

Our Role

Behavior Problems That Could Be Manifestations of Trauma

Summary of Main Points

Resource A – Suggested Readings
Resource B – Recommended Programs

"What a fresh approach to classroom management! The problem-solving approach makes so much sense if you want a friendly, caring, and safe classroom. Examples in the book illustrate ways to navigate the difficult behaviors that create barriers to learning."

Jennifer Lee Kumnick, School Social Worker
Clarke County School District, Athens, GA

"Marilyn Gootman's work shines as a clear, research-based framework for how teachers can establish caring, respectful classroom communities as illustrated by real teachers' experiences. Beginning teachers will be inspired, and experienced teachers will be challenged."

Claire E. Hamilton, Professor of Education
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“The prolific examples contribute to a better understanding of classroom behavior and control. Easy to follow and an enjoyable read."

Jerome I. Leventhal, Professor Emeritus
Temple University

Sample Materials & Chapters



Chapter 1 excerpt

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