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Real Talk About Classroom Management

57 Best Practices That Work and Show You Believe in Your Students
Second Edition (Revised and Updated Edition)
By: Serena Pariser

This book paves the way for teachers to develop classroom management practices that honor students while helping teachers to feel confident, prepared, and able to face challenges with grace.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071922552
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
  • Year: 2024
  • Page Count: 328
  • Publication date: January 29, 2024

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Everything you need to feel confident — and for your students to feel valued — in your classroom

When we think of classroom management, we traditionally think of ways to keep students quiet, well behaved, and on task. Times have changed, though, and our classroom management practices need to change, too. Since the first edition of this book was written in 2018, the world has changed - a lot. This second edition walks teachers through how to keep and even stay one step ahead of our ever changing world. To prepare students for today’s and even tomorrow’s world, we need to consider classroom management as guiding students to work collaboratively, communicate with each other, and ultimately feel a sense of belonging. This is when learners thrive.

In Real Talk About Classroom Management, Second Edition, award-winning teacher Serena Pariser tells it like it is — teacher to teacher — with her relatable writing style and by sharing authentic personal accounts of failures and successes. Serena paves the way for teachers to develop classroom management practices that honor students while helping teachers to feel confident, prepared, and able to face challenges with grace.

With updated research and strategies, this edition includes

  • Reflection on the changes educators have faced over the past five years, particularly ways that the COVID-19 pandemic and sociocultural concerns have affected students and teachers
  • More emphasis on the importance of developing teamwork, communication, curiosity, and conflict resolution skills in students
  • Enhanced focus on social-emotional skills and how they relate to classroom management
  • Deeper exploration of best practices in instructional design, behavior management, and building relationships with colleagues and caregivers — as well as topics rarely covered in teacher preparation courses such as how to navigate colleague conflict in schools
  • Practical suggestions for avoiding burnout — and knowing when to ask for help

This thorough how-to book is packed with actionable classroom management practices for new and experienced teachers who want to create a lively, engaging classroom that students and teachers feel excited to enter each morning.

Key features

The subtitle says it all: 57 Strategies That Work and Show Your Believe in Your Students. In this book, teachers will find:

  • Relatable, humorous, real-life stories from an award-winning teacher who knows what it's like to struggle with classroom management
  • Ideas to connect with all the kids in your classroom, even those who pose special challenges
  • Shifts in practice, such as edtech, behavior management, and co-teaching, that have occurred since the covid-19 pandemic
  • Super practical tools such as:
    • Suggested scripts for difficult conversations with parents or colleagues
    • Tips sheets for respectful discipline
    • Replicable behavior contracts
    • Seating chart advice and sample seating chart
    • Groupwork guide
    • Coteaching checklist and tips for successful colleague relationships
    • Guest speaker ideas and resources for the classroom
  • Suggestions for finding your teaching strengths, maintaining balance, and earning the respect of kids and adults


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Serena Pariser

Serena Pariser, M.A., has twelve years classroom experience in public and charter schools from kindergarten to 12th grade. She has taught in some of the most challenging school settings from coast to coast. In addition to her extensive experience in urban school settings, she also has experience in affluent schools, and has truly seen all sides of education. Most of her full time teaching experience is at the middle school level, although she has experience in high school and elementary school settings. She earned her master's degree in Educational Technology from San Diego State University. She has been a teacher, teacher coach, curriculum designer, and has held leadership positions in school settings. Serena was humbled to be recognized as Teacher of the Year at Gompers Preparatory Academy.

She has been invited to present at three consecutive Character Matters conferences at University of San Diego about integrating character education into the Common Core curriculum. Furthermore, she co-presented at the 2015 UCSD Diving Deep: Common Core and NGSS conference. Serena was a three-year member of the advisory board at the Character Education Resource Center at University of San Diego. She later transitioned into the role of an assistant to the Character Education Resource Center and then to Lead Administrator to the 2017 21st Annual Character Matters Conference, that brings together administrators and teachers from all over the country. In addition, Serena was selected to be a National Evaluator for Schools of Character, where she evaluated elementary schools’ character education programs and determined if they were eligible to be a National School of Character.

In addition to her educational work in the United States, Serena has expanded her educational knowledge around the globe. She coached teachers and modeled best practices and engagement strategies in Kathmandu, Nepal and also taught in rural parts of Turkey. Serena was selected as a U.S. Ambassador with Fulbright Distinguished Teachers Award, which gave her an opportunity to coach teachers in Botswana on engagement strategies, smart technology uses, and best practices in the classroom.

Serena has a national audience of educators on social media and her website at www.serenapariser.com, where she writes educational articles for teachers around the country and globe. She currently works as Assistant Director of Field Experience at University of San Diego, where she has a broader influence on new teachers entering the profession. She also instructs a seminar class for new teachers.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Praise Page



Publisher Acknowledgements

About the Author

List of Videos


Part 1. First Weeks of School

Part 2. Forming Positive Relationships With Your Students

Part 3. Engagement and Instruction

Part 4. Partnering and Cultivating Relationships with Stakeholders

Part 5. Spins That Will Wow Your Students

Part 6. Staying Afloat

Handy To-Go List of 57 Teaching Dos and Don'ts

The End… of the Beginning

Real Advice: Teacher to Teacher


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