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You Can't Make Me!

You Can't Make Me!
From Chaos to Cooperation in the Elementary Classroom

© 2007 | 320 pages | Corwin
How do you handle defiant, disruptive students?

A teacher's most challenging problem is the student who is frequently defiant and disruptive. These students create problems for themselves and for the classroom as a whole. In this teacher-friendly guide, Sylvia Rockwell uses her considerable experience to show you how to select and implement the most effective behavioral interventions to address the needs of these problem students while maintaining a cooperative classroom environment. This book integrates compelling, real-life teaching anecdotes with descriptions of research-based strategies to help students learn appropriate behavior, both those with emotional/behavior disorders (EBD) or other disabilities as well as those with other behavioral difficulties.

Special and general education teachers as well as administrators at the elementary level will find this book a vivid, powerful tool to help intervene effectively when behavior problems occur. Educators will find discussions on how to:
  • Identify typical and atypical development
  • Understand group development, including stages, roles, and strategies
  • Manage class-wide behavior, addressing conditions, consequences, and curriculum
  • Understand the behavior-achievement connection, with specifics on unit and lesson planning
  • Manage aggression and conflict
  • Develop resilience in students, teachers, and parents

This valuable resource also provides classroom-ready materials and other reproducibles, including a unique parent supplement to help parents understand your classroom strategies, work on behavior problems at home, and communicate effectively with school personnel.

List of Figures
About the Author
1. Foundations and Frameworks
Foundational Principles  
Theoretical Approaches to Behavior Management  
A Rationale for Integrating the Theoretical Approaches  
2. Typical and Atypical Development
Typical Development  
Atypical Development  
3. Group Development
Group Formation: Characteristics and Processes  
Stages of Group Development  
Roles That Students Play  
Roles That Teachers Play  
The Pecking Order  
Strategies for Building Community  
4. Classwide Behavior Management
5. The Behavior-Achievement Connections
Learners Who Are at Risk  
A Strategy Selection Framework  
A Multifaceted Approach in Action  
The Role of Assessment  
Reading Instruction  
Algebraic Thinking  
Unit Planning  
Elements That Facilitate Learning for Students Who Are at Risk  
Chapter 6. Managing the "You Can't Make Me!" Moments
Four Components of Behavior  
The Anatomy of a Conflict  
Stages of Aggression  
Prevention and Early Intervention  
Passive Aggressive Behavior  
Learned Behavior Versus Manifestations of Mental Illness  
Chapter 7. Special Case Interventions
A Note to General Education Teachers  
The Process  
Behavior Reduction Techniques  
Additional Interventios and Resources  
Methods for Intregrating Individual Plans With the Group Plan  
The Ethics of Intervention Selection and Implementation  
8. Resilience
Research on Resilience  
Facilitating Resilience in Schools  
Ryan's Story  
A Professional Response to Difficult Parents  
A Rationale for Strengthening Elementary Programs for Children With Emotional and Behavioral Disorders  
Facilitating Educators' Resilience  
Characteristics of Effective Behavior Managers  
Appendix A: Forms
Appendix B: Notes to Parents

"A valuable resource helping teachers solve the classroom problems caused by disruptive behavior. Special and general education teachers as well as administrators at the elementary level will find the book a powerful tool to help intervene effectively when behavior problems occur.", November 2006

"Blends real-life teaching anecdotes with surveys of research-based strategies to help students learn appropriate behavior. A 'must' for any teacher seeking to modify a difficult child's behavior patterns."

California Bookwatch, April 2007
Key features
  • Management of problem behavior is a topic of vital interest to special and general education teachers and to administrators.
  • Teacher-friendly and highly readable.
  • Numerous reproducible checklists, forms, rubrics,etc.
  • Unique in providing a reproducible supplement for parents.

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