- Paperback: 276 pages
- Publisher: Assn for Supervision & Curriculum; 2 edition (September 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 087120357X
- ISBN-13: 978-0871203571
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Curwin notes that the student population breaks down 80%/15%/5% in terms of near-complete compliance, varied compliance, and chronic non-compliance to rules. He summarizes the challenge facing teachers: "In many junior and senior high classes, 5 to 10 minutes of class time is wasted at the beginning of class trying to focus the attention of students. At least another 5 to 10 minutes is directed toward off-task behavior (students not paying attention, using put downs, arguing) during class time. This amounts to minimally 10 to 20 minutes of a 45- to 50-minute class period doing things other than what you are paid to do and want to do: teach!" (p. 53).
Punishment is centered on retribution, and can violate the dignity of the child. Consequences, in contrast, are corrective. The distinction between the two is not simply semantic. Let's illustrate. A child who didn't bring in homework can be punished by writing 100 times "I will do my homework". How much better to have the child have the consequence of writing out a plan for budgeting his/her time so that the homework gets done? For hitting another person, the child may be punished by having to stay after school.Read more ›
I wasn't sure about it at first; it took me a while to get into it, because I found the introduction too vague to be very useful. However, once I got into the "meat" of the book, I really got hooked. The chapters on consequences and enforcement were really enlightening. So many times as I was reading this book, I contrasted the techniques from the book with what I did last year and could see so clearly how ineffective I was.
I haven't gotten to try the techniques yet, but I definitely want to this year. I'm still torn on how long to spend actually making the social contract with the class, but I definitely will be using a short list of rules with multiple consequences, allowing me to always implement a consequence but vary depending on the situation.
I love the organization of the book: the ideas were supported and easy to understand with plenty of examples to know how to apply to individual teaching. If you are wanting a good book to help you with your classroom management skills, I recommend this book.
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Great book! Variations of strategy are used today in many school systems. For new teachers, it lays out step by step how to manage your classroom. Read morePublished on July 15, 2007 by Moma Kay