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The Caring Teacher's Guide to Discipline

The Caring Teacher's Guide to Discipline
Helping Students Learn Self-Control, Responsibility, and Respect, K-6

Third Edition

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Classroom Discipline

© 2008 | 224 pages | Corwin

"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!

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

"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

"Marilyn Gootman's work shines as a clear, research-based framework for how teachers can establish caring, respectful classroom communities as illustrated by real teachers' experiences. Beginning teachers will be inspired, and experienced teachers will be challenged."

Claire E. Hamilton, Professor of Education
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“The prolific examples contribute to a better understanding of classroom behavior and control. Easy to follow and an enjoyable read."

Jerome I. Leventhal, Professor Emeritus
Temple University
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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