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You Have to Go to School...You're the Teacher!

You Have to Go to School...You're the Teacher!
300+ Classroom Management Strategies to Make Your Job Easier and More Fun

Third Edition

December 2007 | 200 pages | Corwin

Praise for the Second Edition:

"This book should be required reading for all teachers. The multitude of classroom strategies offers teachers invaluable insights and techniques."
—Michelle Fratti, Consultant, NYC Partnership for Teacher Excellence
Former Superintendent of Schools, New York City

Praise for the Third Edition:

"This book speaks to rookie teachers, veteran teachers, and every teacher in between. Through sharing stories, modeling behaviors, and holding up a mirror, the authors convey in a lighthearted way the truth of what teaching is all about—creating a classroom environment that encourages both students and educators to strive for and experience success."
—Sue Hughes, Supervisor
Allegany County Public Schools, MD

Resolve classroom management challenges with more than 300 field-tested insights, tips, and strategies!

In the third edition of this bestseller, teacher, trainer, and keynote speaker Renee Rosenblum-Lowden and school counselor Felicia Lowden Kimmel offer beginning and experienced teachers an abundance of techniques for dealing with everyday classroom management issues. Blending their professional knowledge, common sense, and wit, the authors provide new strategies for:

  • Avoiding confrontations, defusing difficult situations, and encouraging honest communication
  • Empowering students by building their confidence and cultivating responsible behaviors
  • Getting students to complete homework assignments, come prepared, and stay on task
  • Working with parents and staff

This timeless collection of innovative ideas and teacher-tested methods is an ideal "mentor-in-a-book" that educators will use again and again throughout their careers.

Rapper Jay-Z Thanks Ms. Lowden for Inspiring Him

About the Authors
Part I. Tips for New and Student Teachers
1. Odds and Ends for Beginners
Put Loved Ones on Notice  
Your Students Didn't Sleep Last Night Either!  
The Mentor Teacher  
Dress Like a Grown-Up  
Students Do Get Crushes  
Flexible Personal Expectations  
Everyone Else's Plans Are Better  
The Clerical Work Blues  
Ask Teachers for Help  
Observing Other Teachers  
Teacher Negativity  
Just Say No  
Part II. Beginning a Winning Year
2. They're Not Here Yet
Get to School Early  
Organizing the Room  
Put Up Diplomas  
Say Cheese  
Don't Be Caught Unprepared or Late  
Friendly, But Not Buddies  
First Name Versus Surname  
Personal Records Debate  
3. They're Here
The Rush to Seats  
Seating Ideas  
Don't Seat by Height or Gender  
Dealing for Groups  
Record Keeping Questionnaire  
Now and Later Cards  
What Is Your Favorite Subject?  
The First Day "Sneaker"  
Fun Introductions  
You've Got Mail  
Tangible Class Guidelines and Rules  
Let Students Set Rules and Consequences  
You Own the Limelight  
You Can Always Ease Up  
Sit With Your Students  
Greet Students at the Door  
Yowks! 5 Minutes Left  
End the First Day on an Up Note  
4. They're Gone and You Survived!
Everything Can Be Redone  
You're Not a Shrink  
You Can't Win `Em All  
Go Home and Chill Out  
Part III. Helping Students Be Responsible
5. Establishing Routines
Creatures of Habit  
The Standardized Notebook  
The "Do Now"/ ?Warm Up?  
The Aim of "Aim"  
Class Wrap-Ups  
When to Give Out Worksheets  
You Teach, Not Videos  
Who Dismisses?  
6. Have Them Come (and Stay) Prepared
You Are Not the Supply Store  
Bless the Bargain Stores  
Collateral, Please  
Strings Attached  
Creative Pencils  
The Sharpener Cover  
Pencils = Charity  
?You Owe Me a favor?  
Scrap Paper  
7. Homework Strategies
The Importance of Homework  
The Homework Spot  
Numbering Homework  
Collecting Homework  
Hand in a Blank Sheet  
Sign on the Dotted Line  
Homework Buddies  
Oops Pass  
Homework Penalty (With Room for Redemption)  
Homework Helper?You  
8. Bathroom Breaks
The Sign-out Book  
?Can You Wait a Minute? ?  
The Visual Pass  
Secret Code  
Bathroom Coupons  
Respecting the Restroom  
It's That Time?  
9. Empowering Students
We Make Our Own Choices  
The Right to Pass  
The Sanctuary  
Tacit Approval  
One Is a Rat?Ten Is Power  
The "Many Kids Told Me" Fib  
Don't Call Home  
Softening the Call Home  
Tons of Quizzes  
Offer Choices  
Confer for Grades  
"Class"?The Collective Noun  
Independent Reading, With Twinkies!  
Go With the Roll  
Incorporating Fads  
Did They Learn What You Taught?  
Role Reversal/Role-Playing  
?Am I Boring??  
Classroom Suggestion Box  
A Fun Way to Limit Slang  
Don't Overcorrect  
Student Revenge: Your Personal Evaluation  
"Help, I'm Being Observed!"  
I Bragged About You  
10. Setting Consequences
Every Act Has a Consequence  
Coupons/Tickets/Marbles/ ?Money?  
Sweets or No Sweets  
Start With a 99%  
Conduct Sheets  
Torture Sheets  
When to Call Home  
Avoiding Confrontation  
11. Preventing Showdowns
Going on Automatic  
Everything Is Embarrassing  
Humor, Not Sarcasm  
The Biggest No-No: "Only Kidding"  
"Shut Up!"?Not!  
"I Told You So"  
Avoid Arguments  
Choose Your Battles  
Start All Over  
Beware of Empty Threats  
No Spur-of-the-Moment Rules  
Set Up Winning Situations  
Don't Force Students to Lie  
Make Rules Specific: Narrow Them Down  
No Sides  
No Comparisons  
Never Attack Personally  
12. Alternatives to Yelling
The ?Teacher? Look  
The ?Excuse Me? Smile  
The Lowered Voice  
The Art of Gestures  
Clap, Clap  
Hurry, Shut Out the Lights!  
Praising One  
Initials On Board  
Visual Commands  
"I Am Waiting"  
The Bellhop Bell  
Stop Teaching  
The Tardy Quiz  
Early Bird Special  
An Imaginary Friend  
Word of the Day  
13. Knowing Your Audience
Group Dynamics  
Division of Labor  
Don't Play "I Gotcha"  
Deceiving Looks  
Kids Have Bad Days, Too  
Negative Attention Seekers  
Good Kids Can Do Bad Things  
Hold Students to Different Standards  
Too Much Push on Sports  
"Can We Really Be Anything We Want?"  
Audio or Visual?  
Check the Senses  
Respect Privacy  
A Secret Is a Secret, Unless...  
Ignore Reputation  
Permissive Versus Overly Permissive  
Cultural Differences  
What Language Is Spoken at Home?  
Quality, Not Quantity  
Confusing Neatness With Responsibility  
Describe a Fight to a Potential Pugilist  
The Sound-Off Minute  
Part IV. Showing You're on the Same Team
14. Communicating Like a Pro
Acknowledge Feelings  
Never Deny Perception  
Use "I" Messages  
"Let's" Instead of "You"  
Interchange Gender Pronouns  
Limit the "You Shoulds"  
How to Listen  
Make Limits Total Rather Than Partial  
State Rules Impersonally  
Vague Allegations  
Describe What You See (or Don?t See)  
Pick a Rule and Stick to It  
Stay Simple: One Word or Sentence Will Do  
The Desk Drummer  
Would You Talk to an Adult That Way?  
Don't Futurize  
Don't Mix Criticism With Praise  
Cursing ? Yes or No?  
Forced Apologies Not Accepted  
The Double Message  
What Would Another Teacher Tell Me?  
15. Being Fair
Admit When You Are Wrong  
Admit When You Don't Know Something  
Never Break a Promise  
Never Demand a Promise  
"I'm in a Bad Mood"  
"This Hurts Me More Than It Hurts You"  
No "Boys Will Be Boys"  
Etiquette Pitfalls  
Please and Thank You  
Gauge the Amount of Homework  
16. Bonding Strategies
"I'm on Your Side"  
Being Vulnerable: Share a Giggle  
Relating Your Own Experiences  
Staying Neutral  
Those Special Few Minutes  
15 Seconds of Fame  
Creative Excuses  
Bend the Rules  
Read Aloud to Your Students  
Giant Calendar  
Celebrate Birthdays  
Catch the Spirit  
"I Thought of You"  
Morning Meetings  
Class Solutions  
Decorating Your Room?Again  
Thank Them for the Joy They Bring  
When All Else Fails, Buy Pizza  
Part V. Building Confidence Through Earned Praise
17. Self-Esteem Strategies
Praise, Praise, Praise?But Don't Overpraise  
Acknowledge Improvements  
Confidence Grading  
Enthusiastic Credit When Credit Is Due  
Put-Ups, Not Put-Downs  
Respect Uniqueness  
Leaders Need to Follow  
Don't Rush to Correct  
Call Home for the "Average" Student  
"I Knew You Could Do It" (and More)  
A Little White Lie  
"You're a Late Bloomer"  
Some of Us Can't Spell  
Wonderful Comments on Paper  
Post All Students' Work  
"I Got a 97%! What Did You Get?"  
Part VI. Safety
18. Personal, Physical, and Professional Safety
To Touch or Not to Touch  
Face the Door  
Never Release a Student to a Stranger  
Never Throw a Student Out of Your Room  
Don?t Break Up Fights  
Screen the Videos  
Your School's Emergency Plan  
The Cafeteria  
Keep the Door Open  
You Are Neither a Pharmacist nor a Doctor  
Do Not Drive Your Students in Your Car  
Report Every Accident  
Trust Your Gut Feelings and Follow Instincts  
Go Home Already!  
Part VII. Using Your Support System
19. Working With Parents
Meet Parents Right Away  
Send Home an Introduction  
Accommodate Parents  
Inform Parents Early On  
Tear on the Dotted Line  
Parents and the Internet  
Getting Parents Involved  
Special Relative Day  
Call Both Parents  
Students at Parent Conferences?  
Teacher as Middleman  
Parent/Teacher Conference Management  
Assuring Parents  
The Defensive Parent  
Parents and Homework  
Children as Dream Fulfillers  
Parents Knowing More Than You  
The Blame Game  
Don?t Stereotype  
Beware of the Answering Machine  
20. Working With the School Support Team
Cover Your Back?When to Consult Your School Counselor or Psychologist  
Conflict Resolution  
Cooperative Teacher Input  
Buddy Teacher  
Other Teachers? Successes  
Confronting Other Teachers  
No Gossiping About Your Students  
Teacher Competition  
Do You Float?  
Field Trip Protocol  
Helping Substitute Teachers  
Preparing Your Students for Your Absence  
Evaluating Substitute Teachers  
Partnerships With Local Shops, Libraries, and Bookstores  
Getting Along With the "Boss"  
The Teachers' Union  
Keep Those Skills Sharp  
The Really Important People  
Part VIII. Parting Shots
21. See You Next Year!
Is Teaching What You Really Want to Do?  
Keep in Touch  
The Portfolio  
Holiday "Blahs"  
Burnout Prevention  
Only a Few More Months 'til Summer Vacation  
Suggested Readings

"Rosenblum-Lowden’s energy alone lit up the room, and with her inspiring words, experienced advice, and genuine care, our students could not have been more moved. She is gifted with the way she shares her knowledge, and it is no wonder she is a sought-after presenter. She is a beacon for so many."

Lisa Twiss, Instructor
Johns Hopkins University

“This book should be required reading for all teachers. The multitude of classroom strategies offers teachers invaluable insights and techniques."

Michelle Fratti, Consultant, NYC Partnership for Teacher Excellence
Former Superintendent of Schools, New York City

"All who attended our end-of-the-year celebration made a special effort to let me know how much they enjoyed both interacting with Rosenblum-Lowden and listening to her presentation. I am certain they will be referring to You Have to Go to School…You’re the Teacher! for their entire careers."

Andrea Mucci, Manager for New Teacher Support
Anne Arundel County Public Schools, MD

“Renee Rosenblum-Lowden is an inspiring writer who has a message for rookie teachers, veteran teachers, and every teacher in between. Through sharing stories, modeling behaviors, and holding up a mirror, she brings home in a light-hearted way the truth of what a career in teaching is all about—creating a classroom environment that encourages both students and educators to strive for and experience success.”

Sue Hughes, Supervisor
Allegany County Public Schools, MD

"Packs in many important tips on classroom management challenges. All are common concerns: what's new here are new approaches and strategies to make the teacher's job easier."

The Bookwatch, June 2008
Midwest Book Review

I didn't adopt this book as I thought it would be a book I would consider as a recommended rather than a required read. It covers a lot of great ideas not all that I necessarily adhere to though.

Dr Julie Delello
Curriculum Instruction Dept, University of Texas at Tyler
October 19, 2010
Key features
  • Revised edition of best-selling title
  • More than 300 easy-to-find insights, tips, tactics, and strategies in one concise volume
  • Appropriate for beginning or veteran teachers
  • Expanded focus emphasizes special learners, resistant learners, growth, development, diversity, gender issues, homework, time on task, and more
  • New coauthor Felicia Kimmel brings expertise as a school counselor


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