Good Classroom Management Books

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  1. stody2

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    I'm looking for a good classroom management book to read over the summer with some positive approaches to discipline. I'm more interested in reading about dealing with discipline issues than organization. Does anyone have any great books they've read (aside from Harry Wong First Days of school and the ultimate guide to middle school teaching)?
     
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    I like Randy Sprick's CHAMPs: A Proactive Guide to Behavior Management, and Fred Jones' Tools for Teaching. They, along with Wong, believe in being organized and consistent.
     
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    I second Tools for Teaching and The First Days of School. I also liked Seven Simple Secrets: What the Best Teachers Know And Do by Annette L. Breaux and Todd Whitaker. Lots of AtoZers also recommend Teaching with Love and Logic by Jim Fay and David Funk.
     
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    I got a lot of practical advice from Benjamin Mahle (Power Teaching). I actually liked the 2nd book better than the first but he gives insight into classroom management from a teacher who spent many years in the classroom. This is not a heavy, research oriented writing - it's good practical advice.
     
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    I bought every single book suggested today on Amazon. I can't believe how helpful the teachers on this site are!
     
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    Ok, I am going to reveal what a nerd I am. I have read or skimmed so many books on classroom managment that I can't even list them! I do this best in my local Barnes and Noble with a white chocolate mocha in hand. My DH is so patient with me!

    Some books can be repetitive or offer solutions that just don't fit my personality. I have found that combing through the books myself in store I can better tell which ones "fit" me and those are the ones I take home and read cover to cover.
     
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    I got my best advice from Harry Wong's How to Be a Super Successful Teacher tape set. It's a little expensive, so I used the public library.
     
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    Has anyone read Teaching Outside the Box: How to Grab Your Students By Their Brains by LouAnne Johnson? (She's the teacher whose life was depicted in the movie Dangerous Minds.) I have it in my cart at Amazon, but haven't ordered yet. the reviews are excellent but I've been burnt by "mostly 5 star" Amazon reviews before.
     
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    I got this book with my Borders Bucks last week. I haven't started reading it yet, but one of my friends has. She says it's a quick read. As a 15 year veteran, much of the information is geared toward new teachers but it is good to have reminders of some of the things we have forgotten about.
     
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    7th ELA interview.....Help!

    Hello everyone,

    I am really hoping that someone can give me some advice. I am a new grad and just passed Generalist Ec-4 and 4-8 exams as well as sped......needless to say that I am now in pursuit of a teaching job. I am really hoping for a middle school position. I have an interview for 7th grade Lang. arts position and want to do my best because this is the position I have been waiting for. I have interviewed for a few other positions and don't feel that I did well so I want to be very prepared for this 7th grade position. I have worked with the sped department as a teacher's assistant, but never in middle school so any advice would help...


    Thanks
     
  12. PowerTeacher

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    I heartily recommend Power Teaching (from Power Teachers of America). Check for free downloadable resources HERE. Check HERE for my blog on the steps to become a Power Teacher.

    Check HERE for videos that will give you a small taste of Power Teaching.
     
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    Day One and beyond by Rick Wormeli. It is great - geared for middle schoolers, a very easy read, and full of examples and practical suggestions. I used a lot of his ideas in my classroom -- I really like them. I got it as a download on my computer. Good luck!
     
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    Has anyone found Tools for Teaching without ordering it? I would like to buy it in a store but Borders doesn't have it.
     
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    I just read thru the downloadable materials this am. Wow, that sounds like something I can really use, even as a substitute teacher. I never could bring myself to agree with the reward/penalty system, so this was like a breath of fresh air, and I can't wait to get in and try it. How long have you been using this?
     
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    I used Power Teaching last year, and found it so fun and effective that I became a trainer.

    Check my website HERE for step by step instructions on becoming a Power Teacher. Feel free to ask any other questions you have.
     
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    Thanks Powerteacher--that's one of the websites I was looking at. What a great format. I loved the idea of the superspeed 1000 reading list too--I'm going to tuck that into my super sub bag o' tricks. I loved all of the reading ideas--you're not bribing the kids, which is something I consider counterproductive, b/c the kids figure if you have to bribe them, it must be something they won't want to do. I'm really excited about this program--I grew up with a raging case of inattentive ADD, and it really would have helped me I think. None of the kids looked like they were in la-la land like I used to, LOL.
     
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    Is there any way to download the power teacher super speed reading if you have a mac? It downloads in a zip document and I can't open those.
     
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    nevermind, it worked:)
     

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