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Comprehensive Classroom Management: Creating Communities of Support and Solving Problems (9th Edition) 9th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0205625482
ISBN-10: 0205625487
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From the Back Cover

“I love this book and I love teaching my classroom management course using this book! It is clear, straightforward, and grounded in solid research. It is very comprehensive, yet at the same time, easy to read.”

–Elizabeth Whiteman, Hudson Valley Community College

Comprehensive Classroom Management presents practical methods for creating a positive learning environment, working with behavioral problems, and dealing with a range of challenges in the K–12 classroom. This text uses real-life examples to help both pre- and in-service teachers understand and apply the principles of classroom management in their own classroom situations. The text uses numerous case studies, examples, and descriptions of specific strategies based on current research and classroom experience. The authors focus on creating positive learning environments for students, and provide extensive, practical materials on both problem solving and building individual behavior change plans for students with behavioral problems.


New to This Edition

  • Extensive new material in the areas of working with culturally diverse student groups, special education, and teacher–student relationships
  • New research and numerous new examples that keep the text current.
  • Complete Instructor's Manual on CD-ROM with sample test items, activities, reproducible forms, and links to useful websites makes course preparation far easier
  • Classroom vignettes video, free to adopters, that illustrates management issues in short clips

About the Author

Vern Jones is the curernt Chair of the Education Department at Lewis & Clark College Graduate School of Education and Counseling. He has experience as a junior high school teacher of students with emotional and behavior problems, a junior high school vice principal, and a district resource coordinator for students with emotional and behavior disorders. From 1986 to 1989, Vern was co-chair of the American Educational Research Association's special interest group on classroom management. He has served as a scholar in residence in the department of education at Western Michigan State University, visited California State University at Riverside as a Distinguished Scholar, given the centennial address for the University of Idaho School of Education, and served as a distinguished lecture series presenter at Hastings College in Nebraska. In 1990, he won the Burlington Northern Award as Graduate School Teacher of the Year at Lewis & Clark College. He has given keynote addresses at state conferences in over ten states and consulted with school districts and staff in over 25 states.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 9 edition (January 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205625487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205625482
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had to buy and read this book for a classroom management class. It is a great book for comparing the most recent research available. However, you usually need to read five to ten pages of what could have been stated in a paragraph. I do feel that I really understand the material by the time I finish reading the book. I have also used many of the ideas in my classroom to try and improve my classroom management in my student teaching experience.
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I was required to purchase this book for a class I am currently taking. While the content of the book could be useful, the manner in which it is written is laden with ridiculous run-on ideas that could be communicated much more clearly. Here is an example from page 28:

"Regardless of the extent to which teachers decide to adapt to the norms and parenting styles of their student's culture or systematically assists students in learning to adapt while maintaining their cultural values, the point is that as educators we are willing to examine our own beliefs and way of working with students in light of the contextual variables existing in the classroom, school and community."

To students who may be required to read this text: Good luck. Perhaps you can change classes before it is too late.

To professors who may add this book to their required reading list: Please, please, please pass on this text and choose something more relevant and tangible for your students.

To educators who may choose this book to answer questions or add to their professional library: choose something else. This book is useless. My advice is your time will be better spent going to talk to teachers who have been in the field rather than reading this book.
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I felt I should write this review after seeing the bad wrap it got from another reviewer. I am doing my thesis on classroom discipline and out of all the books I've read on the subject, this one gave me the best insight and critique of the history of discipline research as well as great ideas for teachers on how to go about creating their own classroom management plan. This book touched on all areas important to successful classroom management; I have not found everything covered here in any other single source. This book is a must for all new teachers who really want to succeed!
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I'm a college professor using this as my textbook for Classroom Management. I am so happy with this text. It's written at a level and pace that allow me to read one chapter in one sitting. At the same time, there's enough information in each chapter that we spend two or three class periods on each. If I had had this textbook when I was in college, I would definitely have kept it as a reference for my classroom. It has a great mix of theory and practical strategies.

The book is based on the philosophy that students need to have basic psychological needs (acceptance, belonging, choice, fun, feeling competent) met in order to be productive learners and members of a class. It focuses on supporting students and building communities to prevent disruptive behavior from occurring. It also encourages teachers to view disruptive behaviors as students' misguided attempts to have their needs and wants met; rather than punishing these behaviors, teachers can take the opportunity to understand their students' needs and teach them socially acceptable ways to get them met.

The book flows from how to set up your classroom for success to interventions for students who need extra support. It is such a thorough treatment of the topic of classroom management, I believe my students will finish this class with an excellent set of strategies for meeting the needs of every one of their future students. This book comes from a place of caring deeply about children and their development. The authors advocate for instruction in social skills, building group cohesion with your class, fostering peer relationships, and creating a positive classroom climate.
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This is one of the best books for classroom management strategies. Vern Jones has continued to do his research about the importance of managing behaviors in the classroom to the levels of achievement of students. When students can be engaged in their learning because they know learning is the objective of the classroom, teachers can teach and students can learn.

I have used this books for years as a help to beginning teachers, specialists that assist teachers and for my own continual learning. I highly recommend this text.
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Even though this book is more of a textbook, I have really found it pretty useful. I'm going to begin my fifth year of teaching and I have found ideas and strategies that I could use. It has ideas for both lower and upper grades. It is very comprehensive, covering discipline techniques to parent/teacher conferences.
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It has lots of great information for beginning teachers that feel like they need a foundation before they begin and as they continue to teach. I will go back to this book for years to come to refresh and review.
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