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You Can't Teach until Everyone Is Listening Six Simple Steps to Preventing Disorder, Disruption, and General Mayhem

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ISBN-10: 1412960150

ISBN-13: 9781412960151

Edition: 2008

Authors: Marilyn L. Page

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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, from the very first day of school, to minimize classroom disruptions. Vignettes from a cross-section of schoolsinner city, rural, diverse, large, and smallintroduce a variety of contexts, teachers, schools, students, and issues and provide valuable lessons for all educators. …    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 5/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.90" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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…    

About the Author
The Critical Beginning: Knowing and Using Students' Names
Knowing and Using Students' Names
Your Number 1 Classroom Management Tool
Student Teachers and Interns
Novice and Experienced Elementary Teachers
An Easy Strategy
Other Approaches
Back to Barry
Summary: Step 1
What Comes Next?
Avoiding Anonymous and Dangling Questions
Types of Questions Teachers Ask
Levels of Questions Teachers Ask
Dangling Questions: What Are They and What Was Dave Doing Wrong?
Students Left in the Dark
Worse Consequences
What Can You Do?
The Problems With Hand Raising
A Better Way
An Old Teacher's (or Is It Researcher's) Tale
The Results of These Better Strategies
Anonymous Questions: What Are They?
What's Wrong With These Questions?
How Can a Teacher Fix This?
Did Dave Recover?
The Experiment
The Results
Summary: Step 2
What's Next?
Choosing and Using Words Wisely
Mariah's Goal
What's in a Word?
The Importance of Tight and Professional Language
What Are Filler Words?
What Happens When You Use Filler Words?
An Unprofessional Word
Mariah's Transformation
And Danae
Using Words of Civility in the Classroom
The Common Thread
Three Other Powerful Hints About Language
Making These Language and Tone Changes in Your Classroom
Summary: Step 3
Coming Attractions
Avoiding Confusion When Giving Directions
Clarifying Directions
The Results
A Pilot Project: A Different Story
What Are We Supposed to Do?
Giving Instructions That Don't Lead to Disruption
Why It's Important for Students to Re-explain
Back Up! We Are Missing Two Preliminary Steps
Chris' Plan
The Results
Summary: Step 4
What's Next?
Attending to Civility With Reminders and Cues
Seventh Period: A Special Ninth-Grade Class
The First Day of School
What Happened With This Class?
Mrs. Watkins' Advice
The Problem With Classroom Rules
Simple Expectations of Civility
Reminders and Cues
How Often Do You Have to Give Reminders or Cues?
Jeannie's Approach
The Results
The Bottom Line
Summary: Step 5
Coming Next
Upgrading Interactions: Can You Feel the Heartbeat?
The Title
Moving to a Higher Level
Challenging Julia
The Results
Two Challenges for You
How to Begin
What Can Go Wrong Here?
Subtle Classroom Disorder
Shy Students
Detached Students
National History Day
The Contest
The Points of This Story
The Results
The Ultimate Goal
Summary: Step 6
Now What?
Harry and Clara Reclaim Their Classes
Harry's Mistake: An Ultimatum
Harry's Meltdown and Recovery
The Letter
The Students' Responses
The Results
Streamlining Harry's Format
Clara's Approach
The Results
A Bonus: You Learn More Than You Think From Student Letters or Student Drawings
Your Turn
Making This Happen
Teacher Preparation Courses and Preservice Teachers
University Professors
Student Teachers
Novice Teachers
Experienced Teachers
Bon Voyage
Appendix: Handling Unwanted and Inappropriate Responses