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

Third Edition


July 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
 
Acknowledgments
 
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

 
Time

 
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
Encouraging

 
Praising

 
The Artful Critique

 
Rewarding

 
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

 
Prevention

 
Intervention

 
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

 
 
Conclusion
 
Resource A – Suggested Readings
 
Resource B – Recommended Programs
 
References
 
Index

"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

Preview this book

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1 excerpt


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