You Can’t Teach Until Everyone Is Listening: Six Simple Steps to Preventing Disorder, Disruption, and General Mayhem

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SAGE Publications, May 8, 2008 - Education - 135 pages
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Six simple, practical, and doable steps for managing your classroom!

This user-friendly, how-to book presents "six simple steps" for effective classroom management distilled from Marilyn Page's extensive field testing with preservice, novice, and experienced teachers in classrooms across the country. The author's no-nonsense, accessible plan provides clear guidelines for establishing a positive classroom environment to minimize classroom disruptions from the very first day of school. Vignettes from a cross-section of schools--inner city, rural, diverse, large, and small--introduce a variety of contexts, teachers, schools, students, and issues and provide valuable lessons for all educators.

This concise guide shows teachers how to prevent misbehaviors--rather than react to them--and emphasizes the importance of:

- Establishing your role as a proactive classroom facilitator

- Creating a safe environment for learning

- Establishing a relationship of trust with your students

You Can't Teach Until Everyone is Listening is meant to strengthen every teacher's confidence and effectiveness in creating positive and productive classrooms and helping students to grow and learn to their greatest potential.

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Marilyn Page is author (with Bruce Marlowe) of Creating and Sustaining the Constructivist Classroom (Corwin Press, 1998, 2005) and Creating the constructivist classroom, a six part video series for grades K-12 (The Video Journal of Education, 1999). She began her career in education as a high school social studies and Spanish teacher and has taught in every grade 7 through 12, at every academic level, in rural, suburban, and urban school systems in different parts of the United States. She has taught at the university level and worked with pre- and in-service teachers, grades K-12, for 20 years. She also directed a major and complex research project for the development of K-12 professional certification requirements in the State of Washington. In addition to full time university teaching responsibilities, she has been the technology coordinator for education programs at two universities and developed the first Middle School Teacher Preparation programs in the Vermont State College System. She earned her EdD from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in Instructional Leadership and in Educational Media and Instructional Technology. She consults on novice teacher, reform, classroom management, and technology issues in education. She lives in State College, Pennsylvania.

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