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Happy Kids Don't Punch You in the Face

Happy Kids Don't Punch You in the Face
A Guide to Eliminating Aggressive Behavior in School

March 2018 | 200 pages | Corwin

Take a positive approach to behavior intervention for results that work—and last!  

When there’s a nuclear meltdown happening in your classroom, you don’t have a second to think. This book is your trusted guide on what to do in the heat of the moment, and how you can decrease the chances of incidents happening in the first place. Its field-tested strategies integrate principles of behavioral intervention with the best practices of positive psychology—a fresh, effective response that respects the tough realities you face every day.  

Happy Kids takes a student-centered approach to behavior, emphasizing optimism and student happiness without sugarcoating the realities of managing your students. Inside you’ll find:  

  • Ready-to-use tools and guidelines 
  • Practical guidance developed from the author’s extensive experience training educators 
  • Solutions that work now and support each student’s future well-being 
  • A deliberate focus at the classroom, building, and system level   

Whether you’re a teacher, school counselor, psychologist, or administrator, Happy Kids has the guidance you need to manage behavior, ensure safety for all, and bring peace back to the classroom and school.


Overview: What This Book Will Do For You
Introduction: The Lentil Incident
Chapter 1: The Roots of Aggression
Chapter 2: What Does Not Work
Chapter 3: The Triangle of Power
Chapter 4: Happy Kids Don't Punch You in the Face
Chapter 5: Principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis
Chapter 6: Optimistic Teaming
Chapter 7: Bringing it All Together: The Step-by-Step Process of Addressing Aggressive Behavior in Children
Conclusion: Where Are They Now? Student Snapshots

"Happy Kids gives much needed advice for educators in the trenches who are dealing with aggressive and disturbed students on a daily basis. This book has relevant examples, vignettes, cases, background information concerning behavior analysis and much more. The beauty of this book is that it explains the need, the goal, the desired outcome, and goes back to give the step by step to use these techniques in the classroom. Moreover, Ben Springer's use of humorous personal anecdotes and organization make this a breeze to read and understand."

Vikki Kelly, Teacher, Caroll Independent School District
Caroll Middle School
Key features
  • Contains nine chapters, including an introductory chapter, seven core chapters consisting of the ASPEN approach, and a final concluding chapter emphasizing implementation and applicability.
  • The approach and style of ASPEN has deliberate classroom level, building level, and system-levels focus.
  • Includes ready-to-use tools and guidelines designed for immediate implementation.
  • Has been developed from extensive training experiences, thus offers the most practical material that meets educators' needs and requests.

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