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The Caring Teacher's Guide to Discipline

Helping Students Learn Self-Control, Responsibility, and Respect, K-6
Third Edition
By: Marilyn E. Gootman

Featuring updated research and current topics such as cyberbullying, this revised bestseller provides teachers with a variety of effective methods for guiding student behavior.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781412962841
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2008
  • Page Count: 224
  • Publication date: July 01, 2008

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"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

Help students deal with anger, correct misbehavior, and prevent misunderstandings!

Effective discipline goes hand in hand with both proficient teaching and a caring classroom community. This third edition of Marilyn E. Gootman's bestseller shows novice and veteran teachers how to guide student behavior by developing positive, supportive relationships.

Gootman's approach to discipline focuses on two essentials: teaching students the skills of appropriate behavior and showing them how to avoid inappropriate behavior. Featuring summaries of key points at the end of each chapter, this revised edition offers a new chapter on establishing a caring classroom community, guidelines on how to handle cyberbullying, and an updated and expanded resource list featuring literature and programs on classroom discipline. Teachers can help children become good thinkers, good learners, and good classroom citizens by:

  • Setting realistic rules and expectations for conduct
  • Developing students' problem-solving techniques
  • Encouraging open communication to resolve disagreements
  • Creating partnerships with parents

By creating a nurturing environment in the classroom, teachers can make a difference in children's lives—and maintain their own enthusiasm and idealism!

Key features

The third edition includes:

  • Updated research
  • A new chapter on establishing a caring classroom community
  • A discussion of the effects of NCLB on classroom discipline
  • Guidelines on how to handle cyber bullying
  • An updated and expanded resource list to guide readers towards recommended literature, programs, and Web sites on the subject of classroom discipline


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Marilyn E. Gootman

Marilyn E. Gootman is founder of Gootman Education Associates, an educational consulting company that provides workshops and seminars for parents and educators, focusing on successful strategies for raising and teaching children. She has been in the teaching profession for over 25 years, and her teaching experiences range from elementary school to the university level. She holds degrees from Simmons College and Brandeis University and a doctorate from the University of Georgia. She is the author of The Loving Parents’ Guide to Discipline and When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens about Grieving and Healing.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

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





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