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1-2-3 Magic for Teachers: Effective Classroom Discipline Pre-K through Grade 8 Paperback – September 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1889140179 ISBN-10: 1889140171 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Parentmagic, Inc.; 1 edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889140171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889140179
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Thomas W. Phelan, PhD, is a member of the Illinois and American Psychological Associations and is the author of 1-2-3 Magic, All About Attention Deficit Disorder, and Surviving Your Adolescents. He lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Sarah Jane Schonour, MA, is a special projects teacher with the Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia.

Customer Reviews

This is the book I keep referring back to.
Angela Traynor
1-2-3 Magic was recommended to us to use with our own child and it worked very well for us.
Valerie J. Bogdanos
It was easy to read and understand, and it makes so much sense!
Stacy Hutchins

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Angela Traynor 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 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D on October 27, 2007
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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 By K. Krueger on July 29, 2007
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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 By Stacy Hutchins on July 19, 2006
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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 By Kandy on July 12, 2011
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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 By Amazon Customer on January 26, 2013
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sophie on March 16, 2012
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Valerie J. Bogdanos on June 16, 2010
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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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