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Discipline in the Secondary Classroom: A Positive Approach to Behavior Management [Kindle Edition]

Randall S. Sprick
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Book Description

Discipline and lack of motivation are two of the most vexing problems facing teachers today. Discipline in the Secondary Classroom, Second Edition gives high school teachers step-by-step guidance for designing a behavior management plan that will help prevent misbehavior and increase student motivation. The book is a hands-on resource that contains easy-to-implement strategies distilled from a research-based approach that is proactive, instructional, positive, and effective.

Discipline in the Secondary Classroom, Second Edition is filled with forms, samples, and evaluation tools that will help teachers continually fine-tune their management plan to reach more students. Both new and seasoned teachers will find this book invaluable for designing a management plan that prevents problems, motivates students, and teaches them to behave responsibly. The book also equips the teacher with techniques for responding to misbehavior in a calm and consistent manner.



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"With its practical and proactive strategies for motivating reluctant students, preventing potential classroom disruptions, and managing challenging adolescent behavior, Discipline in the Secondary Classroom is an invaluable tool for both beginning and ‘seasoned’ high school teachers."
—Carolyn Novelly, resource teacher and behavior coach, Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, Florida

"Discipline in the Secondary Classroom offers educators practical and purposeful strategies that work in every learning environment. Effective application of the skills and methods in this book will lead to student academic and behavioral success."
—Sharon Collins, principal, Interlake High School, Bellevue, Washington

"The ‘Crowning Jewel’ for all high schools from Randy Sprick, the premier expert on Safe and Civil Schools.  A practical, hands-on, and easily integrated approach to safer classrooms, schools and high performing students."
—Teri Harper, teacher, Tates Creek High School, Lexington, Kentucky

"Secondary school staff interested in learning how to use more of their classroom time for genuine instruction and less time reacting to discipline problems will find the information and ideas in this book invaluable. This is an absolute must for trainers of secondary staff as well."
—Laura Matson, program specialist, Learning Support Services, Franklin Pierce School District, Tacoma, Washington

"I am a leader of a high diversity high school that is establishing and implementing beliefs, rituals, and traditions connecting school learning to life skills for success for all students. Dr. Sprick's book was our road map for success. ‘a must read’."
—Jackie Lewis, assistant principal, Evergreen High School, Seattle, Washington

"This is a must have for all secondary educators!  It will transform your school culture while promoting productivity, safety and civility within the classroom."
—Gina Tomas, high school principal, Houston, Texas

"This book is the first classroom management tool I've seen that made an immediate difference in my class.  It's easy to implement and is an effective means of not only stopping misbehavior before it starts, but of helping students take responsibility for changing their behavior."
Kelley Sullivan, high school teacher, Teacher Trainer of CHAMPs, Houston, Texas

From the Inside Flap

Discipline and lack of motivation are two of the most vexing problems facing teachers today. Discipline in the Secondary Classroom, Second Edition gives high school teachers step-by-step guidance for designing a behavior management plan that will help prevent misbehavior and increase student motivation. The book is a hands-on resource that contains easy-to-implement strategies distilled from a research-based approach that is proactive, instructional, positive, and effective.

 Discipline in the Secondary Classroom, Second Edition is filled with forms, samples, and evaluation tools that will help teachers continually fine-tune their management plan to reach more students. Both new and seasoned teachers will find this book invaluable for designing a management plan that prevents problems, motivates students, and teaches them to behave responsibly. The book also equips the teacher with techniques for responding to misbehavior in a calm and consistent manner.

 Discipline in the Secondary Classroom, Second Edition includes nine chapters that cover everything from creating a vision for classroom behavior to modifying a student behavior plan as the school year progresses. 

  •   Vision: Understand Key Concepts about Managing Student Behavior
  •   Grading: Design Instruction and Evaluation Systems
  • Organization: Prepare Routines and Procedures
  •   Expectations: Plan to Teach Students How to Be Successful
  • Rules and Consequences: Plan to Respond Consistently to Student Misbehavior
  • Motivation: Enhance Students’ Desire to Succeed
  • Preparation and Launch: Pull It all Together for the First Day
  • Implementation: Monitor and Adjust Your Plan Throughout the Year
  • Proactive Planning for Chronic Misbehavior

Using these tested methods of behavior management, teachers will learn how to offer meaningful, age-appropriate positive feedback and build positive relationships without losing any level of authority. 


Product Details

  • File Size: 4139 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 2 edition (May 18, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001GCUMAY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,814 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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120 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Advice for any teacher, new or Old-Timer. March 22, 1999
Format:Hardcover
I first found this book 10 years ago. The summer after my first disasterous year of teaching. It armed me with the ability to plan a school year with confidence. The practical suggestions on how to begin a new semester and effective grading systems made a world of difference in my classroom. My students no longer had to second guess my actions, and niether did thier parents. Since then I have purchased an edition for each of my 6 student teachers and all of my 20 mentorees.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proactive measures July 19, 2002
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent book for the secondary teacher. It provides an excellent starting point. It identifies ways to solve problems, as well as ways to prevent them in the first place. It also gives suggestions for grading, and ways of phrasing things such as classroom rules, without being too immature. Every new teacher should get this book to calm your jittery nerves!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Far from being dry theory or college-class textbook, this book is full of useful methods for dealing with classroom-management situations.

Sprick suggests, first of all, which behaviors to ignore. These can include comments such as "More junk to do!" Talking back can be handled initially by a mild consequence. This allows the student a graceful means of backing off. Individuals who talk at inappropriate times can be given a standing time out. Cheating should be handled in private, so that the student doesn't feel the need to create a power struggle with the teacher in order to save face in front of peers.

The author describes a classwide reinforcement system that can be used to gain control of a chaotic, unmotivated classroom. Points accumulate towards a student-chosen reward, such as free time, one class period outdoors, etc. If one student chronically defies the system, he is informed that he is no longer part of the classwide-reward system, and is now subject to an individual-reward system.

Sprick recommends the inclusion of cooperation as part of individual grades for classes with low-achieving students. For instance, the class-participation-and-effort grade can represent 60% of the students' total grade. Two points can be earned whenever students are quietly in their seats, with proper classroom materials and readiness for work, one minute after the bell rings. More points can be earned when all students follow all directions and attend to instruction. Students who misbehave can be fined individual points. The remaining 40% of the grade is based on academic content.

As an experienced teacher, I personally found many of Sprick's suggestions for classroom management to be quite useful.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Plain Common Sense--In a New Light July 5, 2006
Format:Paperback
I have used Sprick's materials for years. His material covers what matters to teachers--structure and how to create relationships with kids. His book CHAMPs, the Elementary Version is a very practical book--particularly when used with Encyclopedia of Behavior Problems--100 Problems, 500 solutions...You should consider this if you are a new teacher or if you are having problems with structure in your classes. Sprick is approachable and helpful in his style. Secondary teachers will find the content of this new book more related to them.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the traditional classroom March 6, 2006
Format:Hardcover
This is a great resource for grades 7-12 teachers. It provides traditional solutions for 42 common behavioral problems. The provided solutions can be useful background information when discussing student problems with other teachers at the school.

I appreciated the discussion of violent threats and extortion, but was not edified by a discussion of messy homework.

I will keep this book in my classroom as I gain experience with understanding the games adolescents play.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything but the Kitchen Sink July 5, 2007
Format:Paperback
This book is a well laid out, practical approach to improving your classroom management abilities. It goes through most or all of the thoughs and proceedures that should go into a management plan and gives ideas for implementing them.
If you like your ideas laid out in sequential order then this book is perfect for you. Everything is step-by-step and each chapter leads into the next. At the end of every chapter the main proceedures that were talked about are given again along with a checklist and a box for writing in your personal ideas.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A High School Teacher's Bible January 3, 2007
Format:Paperback
Absolutely Outstanding! I have passed it to other teachers and everyone agrees - this is the best discipline guidebook I've ever seen. Ever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No guesswork necessary... January 6, 2011
Format:Paperback
I've been teaching for twenty-five years and provided professional development in classroom management to teachers at all levels, and I must say what a well-researched, well-written book this is. Dr. Sprick has provided a wealth of reasearch-based rationale for adopting certain methods of teaching and managing one's classroom. He literally leaves nothing to chance and provides thourough, step-by-step directions for thinking through nearly every aspect of classroom discipline. Whether you are new to teaching or experienced, you will find relevant, quality information in this book. Although it claims to be for 9-12 grades, I find it to be more than appropriate for middle school grades as well. This is an outstanding resource that's not to be missed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good advice for modern classroom. Totally recomend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars High School Students Watch Out
I taught High School for the first time and I have to say this was an excellent resource for me. I needed all the help I could get and this helped me and my 7 classes with 35... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Linda loves Hawaii
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference For New Teachers - Highly Recommended
"Discipline in the Secondary Classroom" came highly recommended by my son's guidance councilor as the right book for new teachers looking to get off on the right foot with... Read more
Published 12 months ago by C. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference guide!
When I taught in Secondary Education, the kids in the program were referred to as Special Needs and the program was called Special Ed. Those days are gone, as are the old methods. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Justfornow
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of strategies every teacher can use
Discipline in the Secondary Classroom: A Positive Approach to Behavior Management is a very solid text that gives readers the tools that they need to create a positive learning... Read more
Published 12 months ago by S. Power
5.0 out of 5 stars Present Day Discipline in Today's Classrooms
I substitute teach at a local high school- Although I have my Masters, and am organized this book gives me more ideas for controlling the classroom, and is in line with more... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kristen E. Bogren
4.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas for a new teacher
I joined the education profession through an alternative route and am consistently looking for ways that allow me to maximize instruction and reduce behavior management issues... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every educator needs a copy
This book is one of those books that makes perfect sense. It's not just about discipline, but about being organized and consistent in your teaching methods. Read more
Published 12 months ago by CGScammell
5.0 out of 5 stars The discipline plan, techniques and mindset
The reason I think this is a great book is that it gives instruction on the second lesson plan and methods for having positive interactions. Read more
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