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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you only have time to read one book about managing student behavior, make it this one. This is the book I keep referring back to. Not only are the methods simple and effective, it reminds why I am a teacher and what I hope to accomplish by teaching. It helps me manage students and at the same time, reminds me of how to be a real teacher.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
I teach Kindergarten and have 5 very difficult boys. I read the book Monday and started Tuesday. By Thursday I was amazed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book was fabulous. It clearly sets up a classroom management plan and it goes through step by step how to set it up in the classroom. Even if you decide not use their counting system, one can still benefit from the practice in identifying, setting, and following through on limits.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a great book! My entire team purchased a copy. It was easy to read and understand, and it makes so much sense! We're all looking forward to using the techniques. We know other teachers that say this really works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
I love it and I refresh my self with the book at the beginning of each year since I started using 123 magic. It's very easy to incorporate the system and modify it to fit your own behavior management. Of course, it doesn't work with every student, but the book addresses that. Your frequent and excessive behavior problems still need more intense reinforcements and behavior strategies in place. I don't believe every single word in the book, but I have my own brain and can figure out what works in my classroom with my students. After adapting 123 magic to fit my teaching style, I found it very effective and certainly worth it. It helps avoid those little unnecessary arrangements with students who are normally pretty well behaved, but have those moments. That helps you get back to teaching. If you try this system, don't give up right away. Keep it up for a week or two and see what happens. Of course, I often find that the first week or two of school, the kids aren't really comfortable to really test you yet, so if you try it in the very beginning of the year, you might want to keep it up a little longer before making your decision.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2013
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Yes! Every teacher needs this in their personal library. I re-read this every summer to prepare myself for the new year. There is also an edition for parents.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2010
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
1-2-3 Magic was recommended to us to use with our own child and it worked very well for us. I decided to try the classroom version toward the end of this school year and found that it is was effective for most of my students. I think it would have worked great if I had started it at the beginning of the year. This program makes it easy to stay calm and consistent with the children. I found that it stopped the arguing and testing that kids like to try. I bought 4 copies to share with other teachers who were feeling frustrated with their students. I will start off the school year with it in the fall.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2009
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This book is an easy read (I read it within a few days). The discipline system is VERY effective with my group of Kindergartners and is so simple for me to keep track of (I just record their marks on a class list). Although, I am recording less and less lately!
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on September 9, 2013
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
All 3 of Dr Phelan's dvds are fundamentally the same, because his method works. "1-2-3 Magic" for parents gives the basics of this discipline method and is to be used to stop bad behavior. "More 1-2-3 Magic" expands on the same method and is used to start good behavior. "1-2-3 Magic for Teachers", actually adds to the entire 1-2-3 magic system by trouble shooting why it is not working for some parents and clarifies the entire method. So even if you are not going to be teaching a classroom, get this dvd. Once the child is trained to stay in the time out, this method involves no physical contact which is good if you are angry. I recommend starting children very young and sitting them face out on your lap for the time outs. No talking or cuddling during a time out session. Start the timer right away in this case even if they are kicking and screaming so they get the idea of what is going to happen. Once they understand that they have to sit, you can start putting them in a chair. If they are a little older and you are training them, I have found that setting the timer, than sitting them in the chair with my chest against their knees to prevent kicking and putting my arms on either side of the chair holds them in safely for them and me. They soon learn to sit quietly during the time out. It may take a few times, but that is what training is all about. You do not want them to win! Once they stay seated in the chair, you can start the timer, as Dr Phelan suggests, after they quit crying.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2012
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I had the opportunity to meet the author, Dr. Thomas Phelan, when he spoke at a small school here in St. Louis. I like the idea behind this strategy b/c I really hate yelling and the constant battle you have when you teach 3-5 year old children. That being said, I do find some parts difficult to implement. I have an extremely challenging class, and I have to count them all day and sometimes I even run out of time out chairs. Two of them often refuse to go to time our or start destroying things in the classroom out of anger. So while it has strategies for these extra challenging behaviors, it's not always so easy to implement. I bought the parent book for parents to check out and only one person has done so... would be nice to just have well behaved kids and responsible parents, wouldn't it?
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