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Authentic Classroom Management : Creating a Learning Community and Building Reflective Practice - Barbara Larrivee

Authentic Classroom Management

Creating a Learning Community and Building Reflective Practice


Published: 20th May 2008
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Authentic Classroom Management addresses the basics of classroom management by focusing on creating a learning community based on respectful and authentic communication to invite student cooperation and develop student problem-solving capacity.


This easy-to-read, practical text covers a broad theoretical range and attempts to narrow the gap between theory and practice to provide realistic and collaborative management options. It promotes a multidimensional perspective for managing classrooms while integrating the process of becoming a reflective practitioner. The text advocates classroom management and interaction styles that better align with the teacher role as social mediator or learning facilitator.


The text encourages developing teachers to view problems as opportunities to co-create better solutions, build relationships, and teach their students new coping and self-management strategies. Its many exercises offer opportunity for skill development through reflection and self-questioning, emphasizing proactive ways of interacting with students to create and sustain an authentic learning community.



Demands of Todays Classroom

Changing Structure of American Society

Emerging Beliefs about Quality Teaching and Classroom Management

Guiding Assumptions about Effectively Managing Todays Classroom

Chapter One

Reflection: A Vital Tool for Navigating Life in Today's Classroom

On Becoming a Reflective Practitioner

Levels of Reflection

Developing the Practice of Self-Reflection

Examining Core Beliefs, Assumptions, and Expectations

Practices to Enhance Reflection

Chapter Two

A Multidimensional Approach to Classroom Management

The Balancing Act: The Many Faces of Classroom Management

Setting the Stage: Preventive Planning

Deciding to Intervene

Alternatives for Managing in the Multicultural Classroom

Intervention Escalation

Chapter Three

Building a Democratic Learning Community

Community Building in Schools

How Teachers Create a Sense of Community

Developing Rituals and Traditions for Community Building

Activities to Build Community among Students

Attributes of a Caring, Democratic Community: Respect, Authenticity, Thoughtfulness, and Emotional Integrity (RATE)

Choice and Voice: Fundamentals of a Democratic Learning Community

Chapter Four

Keeping Communication Channels Open

The Potential Perils of Praise as a Management Tool

Alternatives to Praise: Authentic Responses to Students

Inviting versus Inhibiting Communication

Inhibiting Communication: The Language of Disrespect

Inviting Communication: The Language of Respect

Listening: An Essential Element of Supportive Relationships

Chapter Five

Managing a Learning Community

Integrating Theories of Development into Classroom Practice

Moving beyond Reacting to Responding below the Surface

Types of Authority

Glassers Managing without Coercion: Satisfying Student Needs

Restitution: Helping Students Become Self-directed and Self-disciplined

Dreikurss Democratic Discipline: Identifying Students Mistaken Goals

Ginotts Congruent Communication: Sane TeachersSane Messages

Chapter Six

Managing by Rewards and Consequences

Using Rewards and Consequences: Some Issues and Concerns

Basic Principles of Behavior Modification


Instead of Punishment

Behavioral Support, Not Behavior Management

Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA) for Designing Effective

Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIP)

Chapter Seven

Managing Students Who Exhibit More Challenging and Troubling Behavior

Current Perspectives on Educating Students with Behavioral andEmotional Problems

Addressing Aggressive Behavior

Developing Resilience

Developmental Therapy-Developmental Teaching

Attachment Theory: Implications for Discipline and ClassroomManagement

School Violence

Approach is to Violence Prevention

Chapter Eight

Supporting Students to Develop as Self-Regulated

Self-regulation and Social-emotional Learning (SEL)

Strategies for Enhancing Social-emotional Learning

Implications of Brain Research for Social-emotional Learning

Teaching Cognitive Behavior Management (CBM) Strategies

Teaching Anger Management

Using Classroom Meetings to Develop Decision-making and Problem-solving Skills

Chapter Nine

Conflict and Stress Management Strategies

Teaching Students Conflict Management Strategies

Processes for Resolving Conflict

Assertion: Standing Up for Your Rights and Needs

Developing Assertion Skills to Directly Confront Students

Teacher-Facilitated Problem Resolution

Communication Skills for Inviting Communication and Problem Solving

Stress Management Strategies

Guarding Against Teacher Burnout: Cultivating Teacher Renewal



ISBN: 9780205578566
ISBN-10: 020557856X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 20th May 2008
Publisher: Pearson Education (US)
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.7 x 21.5  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.91
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised