Positive Discipline for Teachers by Jane Nelsen, ED.D., and Kelly Gfroerer, Ph.D
The Positive Discipline method has proved to be an invaluable resource for teachers who want to foster creative problem-solving within their students, giving them the behavioral skills they need to understand and process what they learn. In Positive Discipline Tools for Teachers, you will learn how to successfully incorporate respectful, solution-oriented approaches to ensure a cooperative and productive classroom. Using tools like “Connection Before Correction,” “Four Problem-Solving Steps,” and “Focusing on Solutions,” teachers will be able to focus on student-centered learning, rather than wasting time trying to control their students’ behavior. Each tool is specifically tailored for the modern classroom, with examples and positive solutions to each and every roadblock that stands in the way of cooperative learning.
Complete with the most up-to-date research on classroom management and the effectiveness of the Positive Discipline method, this comprehensive guide also includes helpful teacher stories and testimonials from around the world. You will learn how to:
– Model kind and firm leadership in the classroom
– Keep your students involved and intrinsically motivated
– Improve students’ self-regulation
-And more! (Amazon)
This manual sounded exactly like what I would need to add a positive boost to my classroom this year. Last year was a bit rough around the edges as I was only a TA but this year being in charge with a new TA of my own it’s my mission to make my classroom as positive as possible. Sadly Positive Discipline for Teachers offered empty ended advice to achieve the goals it boosted about. The foreword and introduction alone had me beaming ear to ear with the hope of new tools to make this the best year yet. However, I quickly noticed there was a severe lack of actual tips. Each chapter explained how important a different task was. For example: Encouragement, Caring, Focus on Solutions, Kind and Firm, etc. Then it offered the “Tool in Action” from real teachers using Positive Discipline in their classrooms. Finally it wrapped up with “Tool Tips” which was a brief outline of how to implement a particular idea into the classroom.
I think this would be a great workshop to go to. My hope is that one day I will have the opportunity to go to this sort of workshop, however I do not believe I gained any true knowledge about implementing Positive Discipline in my classroom. My goal is still to make it a positive environment and I wouldn’t say that Positive Discipline for Teachers by Jane Nelsen, ED.D., and Kelly Gfroerer, Ph.D was a total waste because it did make me think how I could implement new strategies to help with building a true classroom community.
Thank you to Blogging for Books for sending me this copy in exchange for review.