Discipline Survival Guide for the Secondary Teacher

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/9/2010
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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Ideas for creating an orderly classroom where learning can thriveThis unique, hands-on book is packed with tested ideas and strategies to help you create a classroom environment where good conduct and high achievement are the norm and where students become self- motivated and take responsibility for their actions. The second edition is fully revised and updated to reflect changes in the past decade. Puts the focus on the teacher as a leader and coach who encourages students to buy into a classroom management approach Offers information about setting limits, safety issues, and protecting student's privacy Covers topics including technology; disruptions in the classroom form i-pods and cell phones; computers in the classroom; motivating, engaging, instructing students; and communicating with students and parentsThis must have resource offers a comprehensive and accessible guide to disciple in the school setting, complete with handy forms, checklists, and self-assessments.

Author Biography

Julia G. Thompson has been a public school teacher for more than twenty-five years. Thompson currently teaches in Fairfax County, Virginia, and is an active speaker, consultant, teacher trainer, and workshop presenter. Author of the best-selling The First-Year Teacher's Survival Guide and The First-Year Teacher's Checklist, she also publishes a Web site (http://juliagthompson.com) offering tips for teachers on a wide variety of topics.

Table of Contents

Successful Discipline Rests with You
You Can Make a Difference
Accept Responsibility
You Are Not Alone
Why Punishment and Other Ineffective Discipline Techniques Do Not Work
What You Should Know About Adolescents
How Much Autonomy Should You Allow?
The Behaviors You Can Expect from Your Students
Proactive Attitudes that Can Help You Create a Positive Discipline Climate
Adopt a Comprehensive Approach for a Successful Discipline Climate
Begin the Process with a Broad View
The Characteristics of a Well-Managed Twenty-first Century Classroom
Five Common-sense Actions to Establish a Productive Classroom Environment
The Most Common Discipline Mistakes that Secondary Teachers Make
Effective Management and Discipline Practices
Put Your High Expectations to Work
How to Communicate Your High Expectations
Cultivate Your Role as a Classroom Leader
Become an Effective Classroom Leader
Students Should Come First
View Yourself as a Coach
The Importance of Assessing Your Performance
How to Gather Other Data on Your Classroom Competence
Avoid Unreasonable Expectations
How to Manage Your Stressful Career
The Promise of Professionalism
How to Be Prepared for Class Every Day
How to Make Your Students Pay Attention to You
Show Respect to Gain Respect
Watch Your Body Language
Know Your Audience
Be Careful about Your Language
Establish a Positive Classroom Environment
Establish a Positive Classroom Environment
Safety Must Come First
How to Determine If Students Are Stressed Instead of Challenged
Protect Students from Bullies
Making Your Classroom Safe by Enforcing School Rules
Establish a Physical Environment Conducive to Learning
Seating Arrangements
Sharing Classroom Space
Overcrowded Classes
Dealing with Noise Levels
Promoting Classroom Ownership
Create a Student-Centered Class Atmosphere
Structure Your Class to Use Time Wisely
Quick Tips to Make Every Minute Count
The First Ten Minutes of Class
Reducing Disruptions Through Effective Transitions
Activities to Keep Students Engaged in Learning During Transition Times
The Last Ten Minutes of Class
Promote Self-Discipline
Moving Beyond Crowd Control to Promote Self-Discipline
Become a Consistent Teacher
Teach Students How to Monitor Themselves
Focus on Your Students' Strengths
Increase Positive Interactions with Your Students
How to Encourage Students Who Are Struggling
How to Help Impulsive Students
How to Assist Students with Attention Deficit Disorders
How to Support Students Who Are Underachievers
How to Help Students Make Up Missed Work
Promote Self-Discipline Through Improved Self-Image
Teach Your Students to Set and Achieve Goals
Teach Students to Make Good Decisions
Creating Self-Disciplined Students Through Problem-Solving Activities
Behavior Modeling That Can Transform a Class
Use Behavior Contracts to Promote Responsibility
Hold Students Accountable for Their Own Success
Use Classroom Management Systems
Classroom Management Decisions You Will Have to Make
How Classroom Rules, Policies, and Procedures Promote Self-Discipline
A Simple Technique to Make Rules, Procedures, and Policies Easy to Remember
Setting Limits and Abiding By Them
Saying "No" Without Being Negative
Create Classroom Rules
How to Teach Classroom Rules Successfully
Enforce Classroom Rules
Policies that Guide Your Students
Establish Control Through Class Procedures
Create and Maintain a Partnership with Students' Families
Why All Teachers Need This Positive Relationship
Helpful Attitudes to Help You Work with Parents and Guardians
Avoid Confrontation with a Transparent Classroom
How to Generate a Positive Working Relationship
What You Can Expect from Your Students' Parents and Guardians
What Your Students' Parents and Guardians Should Expect from You
Hold Beneficial Conferences
Documenting Home Contacts
Manage Electronic Correspondence
Make Productive Phone Calls
Create a Class Web Page
How to Maintain Student Privacy
Establish a Cooperative Classroom Climate
The Synergy of a Cooperative Classroom Climate
What to Do When Your School's Climate Is Not Positive
Connect with Your Students
The Basics of a Good Teacher-Student Relationship
How to Get to Know Your Students
How to Let Your Students Know that You Care
Boundaries in Teacher-Student Relationships
Seeking Feedback from Your Students
Teach Social Skills
The Importance of Modeling Courtesy
What to Do When a Student Confides in You
Use Conflict Resolution Strategies to Create a Productive Classroom
Arming Our Students: Teaching the Art of the Alternative Response to Rude Classmates
Create A Sense of Community by Helping Students Learn About Each Other
Use Interview Projects to Help Students Learn About Each Other
Enjoy The Benefits of a Diverse Classroom
Build a Positive Classroom Culture
Maintain Order with Effective Instruction
The Relationship between Instruction and Discipline
Provide Engaging Instruction
Activities to Engage Students
Build in Relevance
Pace Lessons to Keep Every Student on Task
What to Do When Wasted Time Causes Problems
Differentiate Instruction to Engage Your Students
How to Have Successful Homework Assignments
Teach the Process of Long-Term Project
Student Notebooks: Organizing for Success
Ask Productive Questions
Play Games with Your Students
How to Use Technology to Enhance Instruction
Help Students Stay on Task When Working with Computers
Teaching Students to Work Well Together
Some Quick Collaborative Activities without Technology Support
Some Quick Collaborative Activities with Technology Support
Monitoring Students' Behavior
Quick Monitoring Techniques
Use a Syllabus to Prevent Problems
When You Need a Substitute
X. Motivate Students to Perform Well
The Role Motivation Plays in a Discipline Plan
Make Sure Students Know How to Do Their Work
Study Skills Appropriate for Secondary Students
Positive Reinforcement Makes the Difference
Use Encouragement and Praise
How to Use Encouragement and Praise Effectively
Employ Extrinsic Motivation
Techniques for Increasing Intrinsic Motivation
Arouse Student Curiosity
Build Critical-Thinking Skills
Questions That Spark Critical Thinking
Task Stems to Motivate Students Through Critical Thinking Activities
Active Learning Strategies for Active Students
Use Inductive Learning to Engage Students
Another Useful Method of Using Inductive Teaching: Case Studies
Appeal to Your Students' Altruism
Internet Resources for Service Projects in Your Classroom
Show Students How to Benefit from Formative Assessments
Enlarge the Learning Environment
Create a Culture of Excellence in Your Classroom
XI. Prevent Discipline Problems
Create a Positive Situation When You Prevent Discipline Problems
When You Are the Cause of the Problem
When What You Say Causes Problems
Conducting Useful Student Conferences
Strategies for Successful Student Conferences
Making Detentions Beneficial for Your Students
Essay Questions that Will Help Solve Discipline Problems
How to Handle the Difficult Class
Win Over Your Difficult Students
How to Increase the Positive Behaviors in Your Class
How to Decrease the Negative Behaviors in Your Class
XII. Cope Successfully with Discipline Problems Once They Occur
The Difficult Task of Responding to Discipline Problems
How to Successfully Investigate a Behavior Problem
Employ the Steps of the Problem-Solving Approach
The Importance of Early Intervention
The Choices Teachers Have When Dealing with Discipline Problems
How to Refer a Student to the Office
The Importance of Anecdotal Behavior Records
How to Preserve Your Students' Dignity
How to Handle Chronic Misbehavior
How to Manage Students Who Want to Sleep Instead of Participate in Class
What to Do When Students Lack Materials
How to Help Students Who Daydream
How to Manage Student Cell Phone Use in Class
How to Manage Hallway Misbehavior
How to Handle Requests to See the School Nurse
How to Handle Vandalism
How to Manage Profanity
How to Intervene When Students Are Tardy
How to Intervene When Students Are Truant
How to Reduce Excessive Talking
How to Avoid Power Struggles
How to Intervene When Students Cheat
How to Cope When Students Steal
What to Do When Students Are Defiant
Substance Abuse
What to Do When Students Are Violent
Warning Signs You Should Not Ignore
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