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Ever since the first schools opened their doors, teachers have struggled to find ways to successfully deal with misbehaving students. Many have found nothing but stress and frustration in their attempts to bring order to their classrooms. Unfortunately, this problem is not going away. As times and students change, teachers are finding that old methods of classroom management are no longer working.The time has come for teachers to learn a different style of classroom management. They can no longer rely on old strategies of anger and intimidation.
Discipline Without Anger shows teachers how to successfully manage their classes so that they can be free to teach without having to become bullies to keep order.There are many potentially great teachers today who are teaching poorly (or not teaching at all) because of weaknesses or fears in the area of classroom management. As a result, our schools and students are paying a price. It is time that teachers learn how to successfully handle student misbehavior and finally reach their full potential.
"It's such a relief to have a set reaction for EVERY infraction. The plan described in this book has really taken a load off my shoulders as a new teacher, and I think the kids respect me much more for it!"
"Discipline Without Anger is an excellent resource for every teacher, whether you are just starting out or have been teaching for twenty years. It will give you the techniques for discipline that they didn't teach you in college. You know - the techniques that work! Every school system should buy this book for all of their new teachers!”
"Discipline Without Anger has streamlined and simplified my classroom management. The students respect the system because its fair and I love using it because it is effective and easy to enforce"
"Discipline Without Anger allowed me to become a much better teacher! I no longer had to spend my time or energy on classroom management issues. All behavior issues are addressed with Discipline Without Anger (even the small ones) and I went home in the afternoons a much happier and less stressed teacher. The best part of the plan is that it is adaptable to all teaching styles. A MUST-READ and a MUST have behavior management plan for ANY teacher! "
I am a college professor that coordinates and supervises student teachers and interns. The #1 difficulty each and every term is classroom management. This book focuses right in on the problem, and gives a solution. The plan is reasonable, just, and above all doable. There is no long literature review or endless examples of the same scenario (in my opinion both tactics are too often used to stuff the pages of education texts). This recommended read is made for the practitioner, from a classroom teacher to other classroom teachers (and future teachers). (Comment from Amazon.com)
FROM CHOICE MAGAZINE
Highly Recommended: Campbell, Doug. Discipline without anger: a new style of classroom management. Rowman & Littlefield
Education, 2012. 139p index afp; ISBN 9781610483421, $60.00; ISBN 9781610483438 pbk, $24.99; ISBN 9781610483445
e-book, $23.99. Reviewed in 2012nov
CHOICE. This reviewer was skeptical of the promise of this book, a new style of classroom management. The first four chapters are informative; however, beginning with chapter 5, this book is invaluable as a resource and as a new approach to classroom management. Its value is in the manner in which it streamlines and simplifies classroom management in a respectful and fair manner. Chapter 1 does a brilliant job of demonstrating by example why this book is needed--teacher frustration regarding so much time spent on discipline and not enough time left for quality teaching. Campbell provides a plan that is appropriate and essential for the classroom, is easily adaptable to a variety of classroom teaching styles, and would translate well for use in the home. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers, undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals. -- G. L. Willhite, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
SAMPLE PAGES (From Chapter 1):
Why a Different Approach to Classroom Management is Needed--To Be (a Witch), or Not To Be, That Is the Question
Need For a Change
I developed an interest in classroom management and discipline early on, probably as a result of my struggles as a first year teacher. I admit that I was jealous of the teachers who had a gift in this area. I knew that there were secrets to successfully handling student disruptions, the trick was to find out what these secrets were. I read many books on classroom management and most of them said similar things:
“Start the year being strict and then loosen up as you go”
“The only way to really keep a class in line is to act like a witch.”
“NEVER let the students see you smiling, laughing, or having fun.”
And so on. You get the idea. It seemed that the key to teaching was to be as grumpy and disagreeable as you could be to make the students fall in line. Yuck. Not the most enjoyable way to spend thirty or more years of your life. Is this really the reason why we got into teaching-to wear ourselves out every day being cranky and grumpy in an attempt to intimidate kids into following our directions?
This kind of authoritative approach may have succeeded with past generations but it has become outdated. In the past, young people were taught to respect adults. So when a teacher gave them a direction, the student complied and that was the end of it. But times have changed. We cannot assume that kids will automatically respect adults anymore, including their parents. If a management plan is going to work today, it has to be reasonable and fair to the students. They have to be convinced that you are on their side, and they have to know that the rules and consequences are in place for their benefit.
There are times when the old style does work for a short time, but the end result is an inefficient and resentful class. This is not the best way to maximize learning. Also, every time I have tried the traditional style, I have quickly worn myself out. This method of teaching will eventually make you resent coming to work and will often lead to burnout.
OLD SCHOOL: If you want to have a well behaved class, you must be serious, mean, and cranky to keep your students behaving well.
NEW SCHOOL: If you want to have a well behaved class, you must have clear rules and reasonable consequences that account for all potential disturbances.
At the end of my thirteenth year I decided to make it my mission to try to figure out a new and better way to handle classroom misbehavior. I am glad to say that more than twelve years after my old principal made the comments about my lack of discipline skills that I have accomplished my goal. I developed the ideas described in this book and I rarely have any stress about student behavior anymore. Classroom management no longer creates worry or concern for me. I am free to give my entire attention to other important aspects of successful teaching.
Life is too short to have to rely on being cranky and mean all day long to get results. An effective discipline plan will not only eliminate the need for this out-of-date strategy, but it will also allow you to relax and be yourself so that you can get more enjoyment out of teaching! So save your “wicked witch of the west” routine for your Halloween parties. How great would it be to be able to spend all of your teaching energy on making great lessons, not having to worry about potential class disruptions? I discovered that being good at classroom management was not a skill that a teacher had to be born with. It could be learned. These days, if you want to be a successful teacher, the time has come to try something different…