You Have to Go to School--You're the Teacher!: 250 Classroom Management Strategies to Make Your Job Easier and More Fun

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Corwin Press, Jul 21, 2000 - Education - 158 pages
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This book presents a collection of strategies to help teachers at all levels develop a rapport with students and manage everyday school problems. There are 17 chapters in 9 parts. Part 1 "Tips for New and Student Teachers," includes (1) "Odds and Ends for Beginners." Part 2, "Beginning a Winning Year," includes (2) "They're Not Here Yet," (3) "They're Here," and (4) "They're Gone and You Survived!" Part 3, "Helping Students Be Responsible," includes (5) "Establishing Routines," (6) "Empowering Students," and (7) "Setting Consequences." Part 4, "Showing You're on the Same Team," includes (8) "Communicating Like a Pro," (9) "Being Fair," and (10) "Bonding Strategies." Part 5, "Building Confidence through Earned Praise," includes (11) "Self-Esteem Strategies." Part 6, "Avoiding Confrontation," includes (12) "Preventing Showdowns" and (13) "Knowing Your Audience." Part 7, "Safety," includes (14) "Personal, Physical, and Professional Safety." Part 8, "Using Your Support System," includes (15) "Working with Parents" and (16) "Working with the School Support Team." Part 9, "Parting Shots," includes (17) "See You Next Year!" Suggested readings are also included. (SM)
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
TIPS FOR NEW AND STUDENT TEACHERS
5
Odds and Ends for Beginners
7
The Mentor Teacher
8
Students Do Get Crushes
9
Flexible Personal Expectations
10
The Clerical Work Blues
11
BEGINNING A WINNING YEAR
13
Relating Your Own Experiences
79
Those Special Few Minutes
80
Creative Excuses
81
Know When You Are Overly Involved
82
Read Aloud to Your Students
83
Catch the Spirit
84
Morning Meetings
85
The Bellhop Bell
86

Theyre Not Here Yet
15
Say Cheese
16
Friendly But Not Buddies
17
Personal Records Debate
18
Dont Take Their Behavior Personally
19
Theyre Here The Rush to Seats
20
Dont Seat by Height or Gender
21
The First Day Sneaker
22
Youve Got Mail
23
Tangible Class Guidelines and Rules
24
The Stare
25
The Art of Gestures
26
You Can Always Ease Up
27
Now and Later Cards
28
To Touch or Not to Touch
29
Yowks 5 Minutes Left
30
Theyre Gone and You Survived Everything Can Be Redone
32
You Cant WinEm All
33
HELPING STUDENTS BE RESPONSIBLE
35
Establishing Routines
37
Bless the Bargain Stores
38
The Homework Spot
39
Collecting Homework
40
You Teach Not Videos
41
The Cafeteria
42
Who Dismisses?
43
Empowering Students
44
The Right to Pass
45
Tacit Approval
46
One Is a RatTen Is Power
47
Dont Call Home
48
Tons of Quizzes
49
ClassThe Collective Noun
50
Go With the Roll
51
Role Reversal RolePlaying Technique
52
A Fun Way to Limit Slang
53
Your Personal Evaluation
54
Setting Consequences
55
Homework Penalty With Room for Redemption
56
Start With a 99
57
Conduct Sheets
58
Collateral Please
59
SHOWING YOURE ON THE SAME TEAM
61
Communicating Like a Pro
63
Use I Messages
64
Limit the You Shoulds
65
How to Listen
66
State Rules Impersonally
67
Pick a Rule and Stick to It Its All in the Perception
68
One Word or Sentence Will Do
69
Dont Futurize
70
Yes or No?
71
What Would Another Teacher Tell Me?
72
Being Fair
73
Never Break a Promise
74
Im in a Bad Mood
75
No Boys Will Be Boys
76
Gauge the Amount of Homework
77
Bonding Strategies
78
Assure Students You Will Tell Their Parents Something Wonderful
87
BUILDING CONFIDENCE THROUGH EARNED PRAISE
89
SelfEsteem Strategies
91
Acknowledge Improvements
92
Enthusiastic Credit When Credit Is Due
93
Dont Rush to Correct
94
A Little White Lie
95
Tracking
96
Wonderful Comments on Paper
97
1 Got a 97 What Did Xou Get?
98
AVOIDING CONFRONTATION
99
Preventing Showdowns
101
Only Kidding
102
Avoid Arguments
103
Start All Over
104
To Chew or Not to Chew That Is the Question
105
Dont Force Students to Lie
106
TimeOut
107
Never Attack Personally
108
Knowing Your Audience
109
Deceiving Looks
110
Good Kids Can Do Bad Things
111
If You Dont Try You Cant Fail
112
Audio or Visual?
113
Respect Privacy
114
Ignore Reputation
115
What Language Is Spoken at Home?
116
Confusing Neatness With Responsibility
117
The SoundOff Minute
118
SAFETY
119
Personal Physical and Professional Safety
121
Never Throw a Student Out of Your Room
122
Keep the Door Open
123
You Arc Not a Pharmacist nor a Doctor
124
Report Every Accident
125
USING YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEM
127
Working With Parents
129
Tear on the Dotted Line
130
Getting Parents Involved
131
Students at Parent Conferences?
132
ParentTeacher Conference Management
133
The Defensive Parent
134
Children as Dream Fulfillers
135
Beware of the Answering Machine
136
Working With the School Support Team
137
Confronting Other Teachers
138
Teacher Competition
139
Field Trip Protocol
140
Preparing Your Students for Your Absence
141
Evaluating Substitute Teachers
142
The Teachers Union
143
Keep Those Skills Sharp
144
PARTING SHOTS
147
See You Next Year
149
Keep in Touch
150
Suggested Readings
151
Index
153
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About the author (2000)

Renee Rosenblum-Lowden has taught children and adolescents for more than 25 years in the New York City school system. Currently, she is sharing her love for teaching by presenting seminars and keynote speeches to new and veteran teachers throughout the country, as well as student teachers at various universities. She uses a sense of humor while arming them with great strategies for making classrooms safe and fun—while always being in control. She has developed a curriculum called Prejudice Awareness, using consciousness-raising techniques and incorporating her training in conflict resolution. She was selected by the NYC Board of Education to train teachers in this subject.

Ms. Rosenblum-Lowden has conducted workshops for improving communication with children and adolescents, using non-confrontational strategies for parents and teachers. Having taught family living and sex education classes, she has unique insights into the needs of her students. Ms. Rosenblum-Lowden did her undergraduate work at Long Island University and studied at The New School for Social Research and New York University. She continues to be a social activist. She is a transplanted New Yorker who is now living in Columbia, Maryland, with her husband Michael and their dog, Susie B. Anthony.

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