Common-Sense Classroom Management: Surviving September and Beyond in the Elementary Classroom

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SAGE Publications, 2002 - Education - 100 pages
`As a mentor this book has provided me with a checklist of points to look for when observing students, ideas for targets for which they may aspire plus a good resource to enable them to build up a repertoire of good practice. I will be lending this book to my current student so that she may acquire some strategies to deal with quite a lively class - a euphemism used by teachers to indicate a challenging bunch of kids!′ - Nurturing Potential

`This is an invaluable, child-centred "must-have" book for new and veteran teachers alike. It offers practical solutions that can be applied immediately in the classroom to the day-to-day challenges of teaching.The authors are to be commended for offering strategies that assume that all children will be included in today′s classroom′ - Carol Topinka, Director Division of Special Services Milwaukee Public Schools

This book is a proactive, common sense approach to help the reader create a successful classroom learning environment.The strategies found here can be implemented without extensive interpretation or planning, creation of materials, or permission from administrators. They cover all aspects of a typical school day, providing specific and very practical ideas to assist in solving classroom management problems, and knowing where to refer them when they cannot be solved.

Topics covered include teacher business, classroom business, classroom atmosphere, transitioning, rewards, consequences, and working with diverse student/family populations. The clear, easy to implement, five-step strategies will help teachers plan an effective management programme that will help insure on-going success in the classroom. The authors have created a user-friendly guide, with ideas that can and should be changed or modified to fit different classroom situations.

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About the author (2002)

Jill A. Lindberg retired from Milwaukee Public Schools in June 2003 and is currently a supervising teacher for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her teaching experience includes six years as a mentor teacher, assisting both general and special education teachers in Milwaukee Public Schools. She has taught students with specific learning disabilities, students with emotional/behavior disabilities, and students with hearing impairment. She has coauthored five books in the Common-Sense Classroom Management series with educators from the Milwaukee area. She has a degree in exceptional education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

April M. Swick was assigned to Clement Avenue Elementary School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in August 1990 and began with a class of combined fourth and fifth graders. She was a highly involved staff member, concerned not only with the success of the children in her classroom but also with the betterment of the entire school population. She belonged to a wide variety of com-mittees and worked to ensure schoolwide discipline, a positive climate, and school spirit. After teaching for several more years, she and her current coauthor and friend, Jill Lindberg, became the first full-inclusion teaching team in the school. In the fall of 2002, April was appointed Principal of Clement Avenue School. She has earned a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, and she is pursuing a doctorate in education. Sharing her good ideas with young teachers and colleagues has been an extremely fulfilling experience. In the future, she would love to write and illustrate children’s books.

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