Middle School Classroom Management Books Recs

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  1. EdEd

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    Anyone have any good recommendations on middle school classroom management books? I have quite a few for elementary and general ones, but nothing specific for middle. Thoughts? Thanks!
     
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    Tools for Teaching by Fred Jones, Teaching with Love and Logic, Fires in the Middle School Bathroom, and anything from smartclassroommanagement.com (even though the person who wrote it is an elementary teacher, all of his techniques have worked in my 8th grade classroom).
     
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    Awesome - thanks to you both!
     
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    Told for Teaching by Fred Jones is my favorite, a lot if it applies to any grade, but it is written for middle school.
     
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    My top 3 for middle school:

    Teaching with Love and Logic
    Setting Limits in the Classroom
    How to Talk so Kids Can Learn

    All lifesavers my first couple years of teaching, and I still re-read them every summer! :)
     
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    Thanks Tasha & Jeky!
     
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    Recently I have been receiving (via email) articles from Michael Linsin's site which Peregrin referenced, Smart Classroom Management. Articles are from his book, Dream Class. I like the fact Linsin addresses specific behaviors and proposes specific skills - versus the generic be kind,be fair,be consistent.

    Tools For Teaching remains my favorite. Jones cuts across all grade levels, parents and anyone attempting to get the most out of those in their charge. Jones is the only management expert to my knowledge who, via observation, found the number one catalyst generating consistent management problems was the way in which a teacher helps an individual student during independent practice.

    Anyway, keep up the good work, EdEd.
     
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    Thanks Loomistrout - much appreciated. There seems to be a lot of consensus around Tools for Teaching. I have bookmarked that website tool and plan on going through it soon.
     
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    I use ideas from Fred Jones , Randy Sprick, and Harry Wong.

    I throw in a few things from Teach Like a Champion, too.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    I am a brand new middle school teacher and I am halfway through Julia Thompson's "Discipline Survival Guide for the Secondary Teacher" which I find to be useful. Lots of pages of worksheets (not useful), but also lots of interesting ideas and templates and tips.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Wong is good. Smartclassroommanagement not so much :cool: as I wasted a whole lesson trying one of their techniques.

    It's a balancing act.
    They need lots of structure, but also the freedom to be themselves, to express themselves through writing, presentations, skits, etc.
     
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