What does “classroom management” mean? Renowned American educators Carolyn M. Evertson and Carol S. Weinstein define classroom management as “the actions teachers take to create an environment that supports and facilitates both academic and social-emotional learning.” That definition's a little scholarly, but it's a good start. It just means that classroom management is a set of rules, words, and deeds that you, the classroom teacher, use to keep your classroom running smoothly so that you and your students can work, teach, and learn safely and efficiently.
That's what this book, The Everything® Classroom Management Book, is all about — helping you create a secure, productive classroom environment where kids can learn. This book will be your one-stop classroom-management reference, packed with strategies based on academic research and real-world experience. It gives you battle-tested tips on how to become an outstanding professional educator.
The Everything® Classroom Management Bookwill show you specifically how to understand and master the five critically important domains of classroom management: turn defiant students into stellar performers; transform unruly parents into loyal allies; make peace with difficult administrators; use teachers' associations to insure ethical and legal job protection; and create excellent classroom environments.
Also, by providing detailed strategies for teaching today's highly challenging students as well as minimizing disruptions and maximizing effectiveness, this guide can help prevent you from joining the 15 percent of teachers who leave the profession every year. Instead, The Everything® Classroom Management Book is for you, the roughly 105,451 dedicated Everything people who've recently chosen to become teachers.
After studying this book thoroughly, you should be able to effectively resolve a wide range of classroom-management problems, such as students who stand up in the middle of class and yell, “Shove it!” You should also be able to placate parents who storm in to dispute grades or object to your discipline strategies. Most important, you should be able to help students excel academically. The Everything® Classroom Management Book is meant to be an informative, entertaining, and indispensable guidebook for you, the teacher.
Even if you're a veteran teacher with years of experience, you'll enjoy this book because it's an invaluable source of new classroom-management ideas — such as combating cyber bullying, using the Internet, and mastering presentation software such as PowerPoint. You vets want to succeed as much as the rookies do, and you'll gather every resource necessary to attain success. The Everything® Classroom Management Book is a priceless resource for you because as teacher and author Memory Schorr has observed, “[E]ven veteran teachers need ongoing assistance. …” This book provides the ongoing assistance you've been looking for.
Indeed, with the total number of dedicated, selfless teachers now surpassing 6.2 million in the United States, and with 517,000 more teachers projected by the U.S. Census Bureau to join the profession by 2009, the need for a classroom-management tool such as The Everything® Classroom Management Book will continue to grow indefinitely. Good teachers will always need good ideas, and you'll find a wealth of them here.
Are you ready? Don't worry — with your own innate good sense and the information contained in this book, your students should soon become outstanding performers. Good luck, and remember the motto that the renowned American librarian John Cotton Dana (1856–1929) wrote for Kean College: “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.”