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The Win-Win Classroom

A Fresh and Positive Look at Classroom Management

Use these practical and effective ideas to avoid the "rules and punishment" trap, establish win-win authority relationships, and encourage student cooperation, motivation, accountability, and on-task behavior.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781412959001
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2007
  • Page Count: 328
  • Publication date: August 12, 2013

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"The reader comes away with strategies for implementation and the confidence to create win-win classrooms and support students in self-management."
—Jo Ann Freiberg, Educational Consultant

"Includes more examples than any other book of its kind I've ever read."
—Stephen Haslam, Educational Consultant

"The focus throughout this book is on effective classroom strategies for setting up a win-win environment where everyone's needs are met and there are fewer power struggles to disrupt instruction"
—Wendy Marshal, Director, Educational Technology Training Center
                                           Armstrong Atlantic State University

At the start of your career or at the end of your rope…

When it comes to student behavior challenges in the classroom, conventional practices and punitive discipline codes often fail to motivate students to change their attitudes or behavior. Recognized for defining a nontraditional approach that really works, Jane Bluestein offers educators ways to prevent discipline problems, build student accountability, and end frustrating power struggles with kids of all ages.

This authoritative, research-based guidebook discusses the impact of stress, brain functioning, learning styles, and social and emotional issues on student behavior. You'll find examples, guidelines, charts, and anecdotes, along with practical, powerful, and effective ideas to help you:

  • Avoid falling into the "rules and punishment" trap
  • Establish win-win authority relationships while defusing conflict and opposition
  • Build a positive, caring, and emotionally safe learning climate
  • Encourage student cooperation, motivation, self-management, and on-task behavior
  • Engage even the most defiant, defeated, or resistant learner by using powerful alternative strategies

The Win-Win Classroom will change the way you interact with students and help you build a positive social culture within your school and classroom.

Key features

  • An authoritative book with nearly two decades of successful field experience supporting its techniques
  • Practical and effective strategies for creating win-win dynamics in the classroom
  • Designed for the differentiated classroom with large numbers of non-traditional learners
  • Includes sidebars, case examples, self-assessments, reproducibles, tips on self-care and support networks, implications for administrators, a bibliography, glossary, notes, and index.
  • The author supports the book with a full calendar of workshops and in-service trainings
  • Author(s)


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    Jane E. Bluestein

    A dynamic and entertaining speaker, Jane Bluestein has worked with thousands of educators, counselors, health care professionals, parents, child care workers, and other community members worldwide. She has appeared internationally as a speaker and talk-show guest, including several appearances as a guest expert on CNN, National Public Radio, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

    Bluestein specializes in programs and resources geared to provide practical and meaningful information, training, and hope in areas related to relationship building, effective instruction and guidance, and personal development. Much of her work focuses on interactions between adults and children, especially children at risk. Her down-to-earth speaking style, practicality, sense of humor, and numerous stories and examples make her ideas clear and accessible to her audiences.

    Bluestein is an award-winning author whose books include Creating Emotionally Safe Schools; High School’s Not Forever; 21st Century Discipline; Being a Successful Teacher; Parents in a Pressure Cooker; Parents, Teens, & Boundaries; The Parent’s Little Book of Lists: Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Parenting; Mentors, Masters, and Mrs. McGregor: Stories of Teachers Making a Difference; and Daily Riches: A Journal of Gratitude and Awareness. Bluestein’s latest book is entitled The Win-Win Classroom.

    Formerly a classroom teacher in inner-city Pittsburgh, PA, a crisis-intervention counselor, a teacher training program coordinator, and a volunteer with high-risk teens at a local day treatment program, Bluestein currently heads Instructional Support Services, Inc., a consulting and resource firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    Table of Contents

    Table of Contents


    About the Author



    Part I. The System, Your Students, and You

    1. Drawing the Line

    2. Starting Where You Are

    3. Clarifying What You Want

    Part II. The Challenges

    4. Behavior and the Brain

    5. Tripping Over the System

    6. Catching Up to the Twenty-First Century

    7. Keeping the Big Picture in Mind

    Part III. Restructuring Power Dynamics

    8. Connecting With Kids

    9. Who's Got the Power?

    10. Win-Win Authority Relationships

    Part IV. Establishing Authority in a Win-Win Classroom

    11. Mastering Motivation

    12. The Power of Choice

    13. The Beauty of Boundaries

    14. Following Through

    15. Responding Nonreactively

    Part V. Success Orientation

    16. Managing a Win-Win Classroom

    17. Planning for Success

    18. Learning Styles and Preferences

    Part VI. Increasing Positivity

    19. Changing Your Focus

    20. Creating Congruence

    21. Keeping the Good Stuff Going

    22. Supporting Emotional and Social Development

    23. Building Problem-Solving Skills

    Part VII. Working the System

    24. Backup and Support

    25. Secrets of Successful Self-Care


    Resource A. Win-Win Ideas for Administrators

    Resource B. Magic Sentences

    Resource C. Characteristics of Healthy Relationships

    Recommended Reading




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