Cooperation in the Classroom: Students and Teachers Together

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NEA Professional Library, National Education Association, 1990 - Education - 80 pages
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The central question addressed by this book is, "How can middle and secondary school teachers overcome seemingly impossible circumstances in the classroom and elicit students' attention, effort, and cooperation?" The first five chapters focus on teachers' responsibility for student's classroom behavior, and ways for teachers to manage time and space, secure student interest, establish rules of conduct, and avoid miscommunication. Chapter 6 suggests ways to respond to student misbehavior and lack of engagement in lessons. In this second edition, Chapter 6 has been revised and expanded to include additional suggestions and examples. A section on drug abuse among students is included. The suggestions for teachers are an outgrowth of classroom experiences and the findings of numerous studies related to behavior management, student engagement, and time on task. Suggestions are concisely stated and printed in bold type. Techniques for helping students develop cooperative behavior patterns and suppress those that are uncooperative are based on principles of positive and negative reinforcement, punishment, modeling, satiation, shaping, schedules of reinforcement, generalization, and discrimination. Numerous vignettes of good and bad instruction are included in the text. A total of 46 citations have been added to the 84 references of the first edition, and the two lists are provided separately. (RH)

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Contents

AUTHORS PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION
5
MANAGING TIME AND SPACE
13
SECURING STUDENTS INTEREST
21
ESTABLISHING RULES OF CONDUCT
28
AVOIDING MISCOMMUNICATION
37
DEALING WITH OFFTASK BEHAVIORS
45
BIBLIOGRAPHY
71
ADDITIONAL REFERENCES FOR THE SECOND EDITION
77
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Congelosi, Utah State University.

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