Positive Classroom Discipline

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Used in many college courses, Positive Classroom Discipline describes a non-adversarial approach to managing student disruptions that combines high behavioral standards with personal responsibility. The majority of the book describes skills of classroom management, and these sections have been updated in Tools for Teaching. However, Positive Classroom Discipline goes beyond the classroom to describe discipline management at the school site level. The latter chapters deal with topics as diverse as the school discipline code, the management of the cafeteria and playground, the management of office referrals and the interface between the school and the juvenile justice system.

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Every once in a great while in the field of education a book comes along that opens up a path to the future. Positive Classroom Discipline, the first of a two-volume work dealing with classroom management, is just such a book. Up to now there has been no systematic area of study known as classroom discipline. The public’s number one concern in education for more than a decade has been discipline, but training in discipline management for our teachers does not exist in most colleges and school districts. What few books exist on the topic are for the most part handy hints and traditional home remedies- part of our "bag of tricks" legacy for dealing with one of the most important and demanding areas of educational technology.

This book combines the theoretical underpinnings of the behavioral and social sciences with over a decade and half of experimentation and field work. The result is a systematic approach to discipline management in which fundamental skills and procedures are joined in a coherent framework that can serve as a guide to practice. This is, however, and eminently practical book. A major portion is given over to the description of specific techniques and examples of their use. Yet, from chapter o chapter the specifics build into a clearly visible system of theory, practice, and values.

Effective discipline practices, when done properly, are low key and therefore nearly invisible. The rare "magic" teacher makes it look easy – even effortless. How do they do it? How do you train students to follow rules and cooperate without exasperation, nagging, and threats? And, when there is a crisis, how do you deal with it powerfully yet gently while always leaving the door open for reconciliation and the growth of mutual respect?

This book is basic reading for everyone seriously involved in the educational enterprise. The fundamental principles described apply at the high school level, the junior high level and the elementary level since the processes are generic and fundamental. This book is a must for administrators since instructional leadership will always focus sooner or later upon issues of discipline management, not only inside the classroom but throughout the school site. The book is essential for staff development specialists as well who invariably inherit responsibility for training in classroom management.

Regardless of the "megastructures" that are mandated by legislation, the success of the educational enterprise finally comes down to a single lesson well taught in a well-managed classroom. Positive Classroom Discipline is the beginning of a systematic understanding of how to manage the classroom so that it is consistently successful, productive, and pleasant. The second volume of this two-volume work, Positive Classroom Instruction, completes the picture.

About the Author:

Dr. Jones was trained as a clinical psychologist and studied the socialization of children while serving on the faculties of both UCLA and the University of Rochester. In addition to training graduate students to do family therapy, Dr. Jones worked extensively in educational settings to help students with severe emotional and behavioral problems. Dr. Jones spent the past three decades working in classrooms to discover how exceptional teachers produce happy and productive classrooms no matter what students they are given. This work resulted in a revolutionary system of classroom management described in Dr. Jones' first two books, Positive Classroom Discipline and Positive Classroom Instruction. Dr. Jones most recent book, Tools for Teaching, offers an updated description of classroom management enriched by two decades of teacher training.

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