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Maintaining Sanity In The Classroom: Classroom Management Techniques [Paperback]

Rudolf Dreikurs , Bernice Bronia Grunwald , Floy C. Pepper
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Feb. 1 1998 1560327278 978-1560327271 2
A step-by-step guide to handling behaviour difficulties. This second edition includes new chapters on the family atmosphere, learning disabilities, the adolescent as opposed to the teenager, and the delinquent child. It features charts on the sociogram and a chart on student seating arrangements.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A "must have" book for every classroom teacher. Oct. 13 1998
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This book should be a requirement for every teachers ed program. It talks to evry discipline problem that may be encountered, from the ordinary to the severe. It is more applicable to the elementary level than to the secondary level. As a school counselor, I gave it to my daughter as she began her teaching career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "must have" book for every classroom teacher. Oct. 13 1998
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This book should be a requirement for every teachers ed program. It talks to evry discipline problem that may be encountered, from the ordinary to the severe. It is more applicable to the elementary level than to the secondary level. As a school counselor, I gave it to my daughter as she began her teaching career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Progressive and useful June 24 2006
By M. Dartez - Published on Amazon.com
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I usually do not write reviews, but I had to say that I disagree with the previous reviewer's belief that this book was more applicable to elementary-school teachers. I am a middle school and high school teacher and believe that the techniques used in this book are just as helpful for upper-level teachers. There are even two chapters on particular concerns with adolescents. Those teachers who use the Responsive Classroom system of discipline will find that this book provides additional techniques to counsel children and aid them to become responsible citizens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Key to Children's Behavior Dec 10 2006
By Tammy G. Simpo - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Dreikurs provides insightful and necessary information for teachers and parents today. It was enlightening to learn the 4 Adlerian Goals of Misbehavior (Need for: Attention, Power, Revenge, Discouragement) that children exhibit and how to deal with those behaviors to help children in a respectful and successful manner. There are many ideas such as the approach to discuss behaviors as a group in the classroom that lead children to understand their own behaviors as well as their friends' and how to help each other. Of great interest is also the approach of family meetings, and the examples, role play and dialogues are fantastic scenarios that help us learn HOW to follow the advice provided in the book. I was saddened to learn how I may have caused the competitive behavior of my own child, though happy to learn how to reverse what has been done. Understanding why our generation is transitioning in the way we parent as opposed to our parents and grandparents is provided...we are moving from autocratic to democratic methods. And after reading the chapter regarding this transition, it is logical why we have a struggle. Many of us are looking for help to move towards a more child-friendly approach, which is EXACTLY what "Maintaing Sanity in the Classroom" provides. All children would be much better off if all teachers had extensive training in the areas addressed by this excellent book.
2.0 out of 5 stars Left a bad taste in my mouth Aug. 11 2014
By Grace - Published on Amazon.com
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This would be better titled "How to Psychoanalyze and Manipulate Your Students." Not only does Dreikurs' supposedly progressive philosophy fail to step outside the all-too-common mindset of merely doing things to children in order to get the behaviors you want (rather than relating to them as human beings who matter too), but his idea of helping teachers to understand their students' unpleasant behavior is to assign dysfunctional motives to anything a child does that isn't to an adult's liking. For example, in one invented example of a student talking to a school counselor about how angry she gets when her teacher tells the class to do something, the very first response Dreikurs suggests for the counselor is, "Could it be that you're angry that the teacher doesn't treat you as special?", even though nothing in the preceding dialogue suggested such a thing. (I invite you to imagine the results if you suggested to a spouse or friend who asked for help with a task or cried when upset that s/he was really only doing so in order to get special attention.)

Some might find the principles and techniques in this book to be helpful; I believe that there are plenty of other books on classroom management that are even more helpful and don't involve questionable philosophies. Check out "Teaching Children to Care" by Ruth Sidney Charney, for example, which postulates that "misbehaving" children really only lack skills they need or knowledge of expected behavior and advises teachers accordingly - no need to assume they have dysfunctional goals.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Is all the research from 1966? Dec 10 2007
By A. Mason - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a committed Amazon shopper, this is, however, the first review I have submitted. I have only read a few pages of this book via the Amazon reader. I was searching for resources to help me help my 8 year old learning disabled son and his teacher. On page 202 the authors virtually dismiss my son's problems based on research from 1966 (the year I was born) stating that a bit of firmness would correct his ADHD / Dysgraphic behavior.

As a veteran high school teacher I agree that kind, firmness is vital in the classroom, but much more is needed to stop kids who process information differently from dropping out of school. We need to help them learn not just firmly (if "kindly") insist that they comply with a system that is frequently just wasting their time.
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