One of the biggest challenges teachers face is managing their classrooms on a day-to-day basis, and in the eyes of the general public, classroom management ranks as one of the most serious educational problems. NQTs consistently identify it as their most pressing concern during their early teaching years. Laura Pinto's From Discipline to Culturally Responsive Engagement: 45 Classroom Management Strategies to Support the Common Core provides a strategic plan to address this problem in an engaging and easy-to-implement way. Starting off with explanatinos on the foundations of classroom management and discussing the need for culturally responsive practice in classroom settings that are increasingly diverse. She then guides teachers through the self-reflective process of creating their own classroom management style and provides them with a wealth of practical classroom management strategies for immediate use in the classroom.
From considering the physical environment and routines, to managing expectations and rules, to tracking student behavior and establishing parent-teacher collaboration, the strategies provided touch on a range of key issues in classroom management and explain how critical these issues are for meeting the Common Core standards and ensuring success for all students.
"This quick-format reference book will assist any teacher, new or seasoned, in establishing and/or enhancing their classroom management systems in respect to cultural responsiveness." -- Gary L. Willhite, Teacher Educator/Associate Professor
"It is comprehensive, well thought-out, and covers areas about classroom management and discipline that I don't normally see in educational references. The author addresses the classroom management challenges facing teachers today as they deal with the many cultural, ethnic, and diverse backgrounds of our students. It makes a strong contribution into understanding the problematic and ever changing world of educational discipline in the classroom. The strategies provide teachers with very good ideas that can be used to deal with classroom management focusing on cultural differences and the diversity we now see in classrooms across the country." -- Ken Klopack, Student Teacher Supervisor, Educational Consultant
"Where the heck was this book when I needed it?! I've been teaching for 25 years and the methods you need now are vastly different from the methods you needed when I started my career. This book supplies many choices, some old tried and true but presented in a different way, and some out of the box choices that make good sense. There are many methods, Love and Logic, PBS, etc. that work, but don't work for all students and when your school has adopted a method and you are expected to follow it, you can feel lost when you encounter the times that the method doesn't work because you have no other tricks to use. This book will fill your bag of tricks." -- Linda Sarver, Substitute Teacher
"Classroom management is an especially important topic facing teachers and administrators. The author's approach to blending in a culturally responsive perspective to the research base is both timely and necessary. The book creates a type of neural pathway between classroom management and the nature of relationship building, that is grounded by culturally responsive practice. Incorporating the relationship and significance of the common core only adds to the development of teacher capacity and efficacy development. What is particularly helpful is the emphasis on evidence, which allows the reader to think self-reflectively about their practice." -- Deborah Childs-Bowen, Chief Learning Officer