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Responsible Classroom Management, Grades 6–12
A Schoolwide Plan



© 2010 | 152 pages | Corwin

"The RCM plan works because it is straightforward and easy for staff, students, and parents to understand and, most important, to buy into. Staff members appreciate the research and the paradigm of modeling responsibility. Students identify with the emphasis on responsibility and the use of logical consequences. The RCM plan has been a major part of positively changing the overall culture in our school."
—Ronald S. Dixon, Principal
John Taylor Williams Middle School, Charlotte, NC

A schoolwide plan for decreasing discipline problems and empowering adolescents to act responsibly!

Proven to reduce office referrals, suspensions, and dropout rates, the Responsible Classroom Management Plan (RCMPlan™) is a nationally field-tested, team-based approach to schoolwide behavior management and discipline. Written for teachers and administrators in Grades 6–12, this detailed resource:

  • Addresses the nuts and bolts of classroom management
  • Explains the essential skills teachers need to reinforce responsible behavior and model appropriate social conduct
  • Provides tested consequences that promote internal behavior control in secondary school students
  • Includes administrator resources and tools for introducing, implementing, and monitoring Responsible Classroom Management in a school or district

Emphasizing the importance of teamwork between administrators and teachers in maintaining schoolwide behavior standards and expectations, this book introduces the RCMPlan™ system and provides the tools you need for successful implementation.

Additional tools and resources to help you implement Responsible Classroom Management are available here.

 
List of Tools
 
Acknowledgements
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. Understanding The RCMPlan?
The RCMPlan?  
Becoming a Successful RCM Teacher  
A Model for Improving Instruction and Behavior  
An Invitation to Change: The RCM Plan? Inventory  
Looking Ahead  
 
2. Teaching Students Responsibility Within Warm and Inviting Classrooms
The Original and Still Functional Correlates for Teaching Responsibility  
Expecting Responsibility and Civility in the Classroom  
Experimenting with Responsibility and Civility in the Classroom  
Modeling Responsible Behavior  
The Four Types of Inviting Teachers  
Preparing to Modify Classroom Procedures  
Students Roles and Additions to the Classroom  
Group Activities  
Looking Ahead  
 
3. Standards, Guidelines, and Expected Behaviors
Why Rules Do Not Work With Middle or Secondary School Students  
Replacing Rules with School and Classroom Standards, Guidelines, and Expected Behaviors  
Building School Guidelines for Outside the Classroom  
Developing Classroom Guidelines  
Teaching Standards and Guidelines to Students  
Looking Ahead  
4. Using Consequences to Teach Responsibility  
Using Logical Consequences Versus Punishment  
Developing a Pool of Consequences for Selective Use in the Classroom  
Consequences for More Serious Infractions: The Intensive Care Unit (ICU)  
Using ICU Effectively  
Behavior Improvement Agreements (BIAs)  
The DRC's Supervisory Process  
A Sample of Grade-Specific Consequences  
Group Activities  
Looking Ahead  
Resource A: The RCMPlan Principal?s Guide  
Resource B: The RCMPlan? Toolbox  
 
References
 
Index

"Responsible Classroom Management is not a one-time shot or pill that will cure discipline problems. It is a valuable, student-centered resource that gives your school direction, information, and the necessary research to build a plan that will benefit you and your students. It is a proven strategy that is currently successful and has sound principles."

Lyndon Oswald, Principal
Sandcreek Middle School, Ammon, ID

"A valuable resource to any staff creating a schoolwide or districtwide plan for developing responsible student behavior. The book provides the necessary research data, planning steps, and resources to help any staff develop and personalize a plan, based on their own unique school and student characteristics."

Kathy Tritz-Rhodes, Principal
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Schools, IA

"This book goes into great detail on how to establish a schoolwide discipline program and the step-by-step process for introduction and implementation. Involving students and parents are key elements outlined in the book for ownership in the program. I would recommend this book for any school, administrator, or teacher seeking ways to improve schoolwide discipline and effective classroom management."

Jim R. Watson, Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

"Kudos to J. Allen Queen and Bob Algozzine who continue to provide up-to-date guidance to school teachers and administrators who work in the ever-changing and challenging field of teaching and learning. The RCM Plan is full of practical and commonsense strategies that will yield long-term skills for both teachers and students as they practice using positives to address behaviors that negatively impact teaching related to student learning and behavior."

Delores Hicklin Lee, Clinical Assistant Professor and Retired High School Principal
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

"I have used the RCM schoolwide behavior plan in an elementary school and two middle schools. The RCM plan has been a major part of positively changing the overall culture in each school. Office referrals and suspensions decreased dramatically. The RCM plan is effective because it is straightforward and easy for staff, students, and parents to understand and, most important, to buy into. Staff members appreciate the research and the paradigm of modeling responsibility. Students identify with the emphasis placed on becoming more responsible and the use of logical consequences."

Ronald S. Dixon, Principal
John Taylor Williams Middle School, Charlotte, NC

"As a high school administrator, I was in charge of overseeing our schoolwide discipline program. Teachers and staff chose the RCM plan after studying several options. Dr. Queen trained our staff and provided support throughout our implementation. Our discipline referrals were reduced by approximately 50% by the end of the first nine weeks. I can attest to the success of the program. This book provides an excellent road map for implementing the RCM program. A school could use this book for staff development or as a PLC focus and be more than prepared for implementation. I would recommend this book for any school seeking a schoolwide discipline plan with consistency and manageable consequences for student behavior."

Phyllis R. Tallent, Professor of Educational Leadership, Appalachian State University
Retired Assistant Superintendent, Lincoln County Schools, NC
Key features
  • Focuses on the needs of professionals who work in the diverse settings that characterize today's schools
  • Uses a schoolwide, team-based approach—involving administrators, teachers, school psychologists, other support personnel, and parents—to identify, implement, and evaluate best practices and support improvement efforts through budget, personnel, and resource allocations
  • Emphasizes the importance of teamwork among teachers in reinforcing school-wide standards when in the classroom, the halls, the lunchroom, or on the playground.
  • Addresses the nuts and bolts of classroom management, explains the essential skills that effective teachers need to teach responsible behavior and internal student control, and provides sample forms and letters for easy implementation
  • Shows teachers how to create a warm and inviting classroom environment, develop flexible standards and guidelines in place of rigid rules, and treat students fairly through a variety of personalized methods
  • Makes behavioral instruction proactive and demonstrates how to teach and model appropriate social behavior, give students opportunities to practice and become fluent in expected behavior, and provide plenty of positive feedback
  • Provides tested consequences for secondary school students that promote internal behavior control
  • Explains how teachers can use a continuum of behavior support and describes an Intensive Care Unit and Behavioral Improvement Agreements for more serious student infractions
  • A Principal's Guide in the Resources section provides an at-a-glance process with accompanying tools for successfully introducing, implementing and monitoring Responsible Classroom Management within a school

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