As Tough as Necessary: Countering Violence, Aggression, and Hostility in Our Schools

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Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1997 - Education - 145 pages
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This book presents a three-dimensional approach to handling hostility in the school that emphasizes methods of prevention, methods of action, and methods of resolution. Chapter 1, "The Problem of Violence," discusses the problem of violence in the schools and society, and considers how violence, aggression, and hostility have affected society and the schools. Chapter 2, "The Importance of Values and Principles," considers changing schools so that they promote, model, value, and teach according to principles and values. It recommends removing violent interventions that promote aggression and hostility and making nonviolent values the center of the entire school operating system. Chapter 3, "Strategies for the Teacher," outlines strategies for teachers to use to help students change their choices about aggressive feelings. These strategies address ways to perceive, treat, and teach students, with a focus on controlling violent student behavior, diffusing potentially violent situations, and teaching alternatives to violence. Chapter 4, "Teaching Students Alternatives to Violence," describes specific ways for students to control aggression and choose nonviolent choices for resolving problems. Chapter 5, "Creating Safe Schools: 25 Options for Increasing Safety," offers specific short-term and long-term steps to make schools safer from violence and provides 25 ways to address immediate safety issues facing schools. (Contains 6 figures and 97 references.) (SLD)

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Dr. Richard Curwin is an award winning instructor, author and educational consltant. His philosophy on discipline, behavior, and classroom management is one of the most widely used in the world. He is co-author on the national best selling book "Discipline with Dignity, " which offers educators a plethora of strategies on behavior and classroom management.""

Dr. Curwin has also authored or co-authored many other publications, including: "Discipline with Dignity for Challenging Youth"""Rediscovering Hope: "" Our Greatest Teaching Strategy. "Making Good Choices"His seminars and training sessions offer educators ready-to-use strategies with objectives, materials, language, and examples-all designed to encourage students to accept responsibility for their own behavior. Dr. Cuwin believes that mistakes can become opportunities for learning, and provide teachers a chance to teach respect and self-discipline. Dr. Curwin's articles have appeared in "Educational Leadership, Reclaiming Children and Youth, Instructor, Parenting, and Learning. "All highly acclaimed educational resources. He is a leader in the fields of discipline, behavior, and classroom management.""""He is in high demand as a speaker in America and internationally. His strategies and techniques are used in Belgium, Germany, Japan, Singapore and Israel. He was a recipient of the coveted "Crazy Horse Award" for having made outstanding contributions to discouraged youth.

Dr. Curwin is the parent of 3 children and 5 grandchildren. He resides in San Francisco, California.

Dr. Allen Mendler is an educator, school psychologist, behavior and classroom management expert, and parent of three children.

He has worked extensively with children of all ages in regular education and special education settings. He has consulted to many schools on the topics of discipline, behavior, and classroom management. He has also consulted at day and residential centers, and has done extensive work with youth in juvenile detention.

Dr. Mendler's emphasis is on developing effective frameworks and strategies for educators to manage behavior and classrooms. He is an expert at helping youth professionals, teachers, administrators, and parents help difficult youth succeed.

As one of the internationally acclaimed authors of the book "Discipline with Dignity", Dr. Mendler has given many workshops and seminars to professionals and parents. His behavior management philosophy is highly acclaimed, and Dr. Mendler is in demand as a motivational speaker and trainer by schools all over the world.

He is the author or co-author of many books including: "What Do I Do When?""""Power Struggles: Successful Techniques for Educators""Motivating Students Who Don't Care""Connecting with Students""Discipline with Dignity for Challenging Youth"Dr. Mendler's most recent book, "Just in Time", provides practical easy-to-read tips and specific methods for preventing discipline problems. His articles have appeared in many journals including Educational Leadership, Kappan, Learning, Reclaiming Children and Youth, and Reaching Today's Youth.

Dr. Mendler has been recognized for his distinguished teaching in the areas of discipline, behavior, and classroom management by the Bureau of Education and Research, and was a recipient of the coveted Crazy Horse Award for having made outstanding contributions to discouraged youth. Dr. Mendler lives with his wife Barbara and his daughter Lisa in Rochester N.Y.

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