Safe Within These Walls (Maupin House) and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $24.95
  • Save: $2.49 (10%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 10 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: **Ships directly from Amazon** Almost new condition. No marks or writing observed inside. Cover clean with a few, if any, marks. Very minor wear on corners/edges. Binding tight and smooth. Eligible for FREE 2 Day Shipping with Amazon PRIME.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Safe Within These Walls: De-escalating School Situations Before They Become Crises Paperback – December 1, 2013


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$22.46
$13.42 $0.65
Back%20to%20School%20for%20Teachers


Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Teacher Supplies
Browse our Teacher Supplies store, with everything teachers need to educate students and expand their learning.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone Classroom (December 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1625215185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1625215185
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,767,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

I must first say that I've read the new book twice, front to back, and I love it! I feel Andra Medea has raised the bar, once again, in dealing with sensitive, and potentially dangerous situations/people. I immediately thought while reading it, that not only does she show people how to talk the talk, but also walk the walk. I find the use of language to be very easy to understand, which to me, means that implementation is easier. The contents of this book can be read and understood by anyone, ranging from medical doctors, psychologists, direct care staff, parents and youth alike. I found that the techniques taught in the book are perfect for the more behavioral youth that were at Lad Lake, but also a breath of fresh air for dealing with kids that may be nonverbal, have behavioral and medical conditions or simply do not have the capacity to respond in an appropriate manner when they are being activated by not only the youth they're surrounded by, but burned out staff, that sadly exacerbate and instigate youth by raising their voices and ultimately flooding them to the point they need to be restrained, or given a medicinal cocktail to calm them down. The book flowed seamlessly, again giving the reader an easy and helpful understanding of how to navigate de-escalation techniques and ideas. I truly feel that the information in this book is on track to not only increase the quality of care for youth, but will undoubtedly lead to a more thorough understanding of the clients we are dealing with, which will make life easier for all of us. I've shared ideas from the book, and already have received interest from colleagues wanting to learn more about the process, as well as how to get staff on board to implement these techniques within the therapeutic milieu --Dr. Timothy E. Miller- Psychotherapist

After several school-based tragedies, national concern over school safety is at an all-time high. This book highlights what teachers and parents should know when dealing with mental health issues, typical tantrums and other issues in young people s development. Safe Within These Walls offers professional development on violence prevention, while helping caregivers and teachers deal with students aggressive behaviors early and appropriately. Bottom Line: If you re looking to deal with sensitive classroom situations, such as ones involving students with behavioral and developmental issues, and ones that risk becoming heated and/or violent, this book is the perfect resource. Safe Within These Walls provides common-sense and expert techniques to encourage positive student behavior and prevent outbursts and other disruptions. This title goes beyond de-escalating violence to address the core of good classroom management. --Education World

Medea's book, Safe Within These Walls: De-escalating School Situations Before They Become Crises (Capstone Classroom, 2014), offers classroom management advice for addressing students who are anxious, angry, or violent. The book, from a small publishing house for K-12 books, describes methods educators can use to subdue angry and violent students. One of the techniques Medea suggests for stopping fights is breaking students' eye contact by redirecting their gaze at you or away from the other student and using simple directions, like BACK UP; Medea tries to analyze past school shootings, the actions educators and students took, and methods for replicating safe behaviors.

The book includes information about how the brain malfunctions when a person is angry and how to read this body language. There are also solutions for different age groups: K-2, 3-6, middle school, and parents. Useful summaries and specific steps for educators are provided at the end of each chapter.

The best and safest time to de-escalate aggression is before it starts, Medea writes. Observe physical cues like avoiding eye contact or mocking tones. By reading situations and students, educators can intervene before situations get out of hand, she writes. --Education Week s BookMarks blog

About the Author

Andra Medea, M.A., grew up in a volatile neighborhood in Chicago and co-authored her first book on violence prevention at the age of 18. Andra developed the Virtual Tranquilizer de-escalation technique, which has been adapted for the National Guard, the American Bar Association, substance abuse counselors and judges. The technique is the basis for her latest book, Safe Within These Walls: De-escalating School Situations Before They Become Crises. With Zak Mucha, LCSW, she adapted the Virtual Tranquilizer for use with potentially violent clients with psychosis. Andra has taught at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.

More About the Author

Andra Medea, M.A., was raised in a rough Chicago neighborhood and co-authored her first book on violence prevention at the age of 18.

Andra developed the Virtual Tranquilizer(R) de-escalation technique, which has been adapted for use with psychiatric patients, substance abuse clients, or people in court. She has designed Virtual Tranquilizer(R) projects for Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the American Bar Association, and the National Guard.

The Virtual Tranquilizer(R) technique is the basis for her latest book, Safe Within These Walls: De-escalating School Situations Before They Become Crises.

Andra has taught conflict management at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. Her book Conflict Unraveled is often used in professional discussion groups or as a college text.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
4
4 star
1
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 5 customer reviews
It is filled with “ah hah!" moments.
kendra reinshagen
It is also one I frequently reference in my mediations with clients who are divorcing and/or having custody and parenting-time disputes.
Laura L. Noah
This book is full of practical advice and scenarios to learn from.
slueth from NYC

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By slueth from NYC on December 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
Safe Within These Walls is a MUST READ for new and for seasoned teachers, and for parents. It is all about understanding, identifying and addressing those moments in and out of classrooms when you and/or your students "lose it." While this book is directed towards teachers, it is equally appropriate and helpful for parents.

Safe Withing These Walls is all about making our classrooms, schools, hallways, and homes safe. It deals primarily with flooding- when something triggers a fight or flight moment - when hearts race, and you can't hear, see and/or speak because you're so overwhelmed. Medea helps us understand why people flood, how it feels when they flood, and how to help ebb the flood. She warns us that flooding is contagious and just like in a plane, as we are instructed to put oxygen masks on ourselves before our kids, she helps us calm down so we can better understand and help our students and kids.This book is full of practical advice and scenarios to learn from. It is a great book for teachers, for teacher workshops and in-service book clubs/training. It is empowering. I highly recommend it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition
I am really glad there is a resource like this available for teachers. This book helps teachers learn how to diffuse situations at school before they get out of hand. Not only can problems be intercepted, but the methods in this book can help kids learn to keep their emotions in check. This is a very important skill, especially with all the frightening things that have happened in schools recently.

I found a lot of the methods to be very interesting. I could suddenly recognize why some teachers are effective at keeping control in their classrooms while others are not.

Although this book is intended for teachers, I found it useful as a parent as well. I applied several of the methods talked about in the book when my kids started fighting. I also used the advice to help in the Sunday School class for 5 year old kids that I teach. I was very impressed with it's effectiveness.

Some of the book is repetitive, and other things may have been a stretch, but overall I think the advice is sound. It's all about creating a safe, welcoming environment for children to learn in.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
It seems that every week we hear about another school shooting,. Most often the perpetrator is described as troubled or alienated but was not seen as dangerous This book gives teachers the information they need to discern when a troubled child presents a potential danger to others. Most importantly, it gives teachers the tools they need to intervene safely and avert a dangerous situation before it gets out of control or turns deadly. This book is loaded with practical advice, examples, success stories and research-based techniques, told with a subtle humor that makes it easy to read. It is filled with “ah hah!" moments. The reader comes away with a host of techniques that are easy to use and can be successfully applied to almost any situation. It offers our educators the ability to reach out to a troubled child and the techniques they need to put that child on a different and life-changing path. And to prevent the kinds of tragedies that have become all too common. The title says it all.

Kendra Reinshagen
Executive Director
Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
Andra Medea is a lifelong student of conflict and an expert teacher of how it can be prevented, avoided, or stopped in its tracks. In Safe Within These Walls she takes the principles of conflict management that she laid out in Conflict Unraveled and applies them to the problem of conflict in schools and how to shut it down before it leads to violence.

Although this book is written for teachers and school administrators you don't have to be a professional educator to enjoy it.
The author's approach is methodical, beginning with root causes and building from there. The writing is lively, witty, and features numerous examples of the principles discussed in action.

I wish that I had known a lot of these things during my bully afflicted childhood. The section on circle fights alone could have spared me more than a few black eyes.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
When teaching conflict resolution courses at the collegiate and graduate levels, Andra’s book Conflict Unraveled was a clear, practical resource favored by my students. It is also one I frequently reference in my mediations with clients who are divorcing and/or having custody and parenting-time disputes. I was thrilled to see Andra extend this knowledge to schools.

Andra’s new book contains essentials for the prevention of conflict escalation by taking out blame and providing practical solutions and strategies that could be immediately applied. She presents the reader with common scenarios from real educators working with actual kids and then provides tools and simple strategies for intervention.

Something happens to all of us when we flood with emotion that is so primitive and “young” and Andra somehow manages to acknowledge it while simultaneously willing us to do something different. As someone who has managed, developed and designed curriculum for peer mediation programs, I believe such programs would not be necessary—or at the very least, would be free to focus on the most appropriate cases— if teachers and school administrators taught and implemented conflict de-escalation strategies in their classrooms like those described in Safe Within These Walls: De-escalating School Situations Before They Become Crises.

When reading Andra’s book it’s impossible not to have that moment when it just clicks, like, why hadn’t I thought of doing that? As a society, we are ready for this. We can learn from the wisdom of those who have come before us and we can do things differently, hopefully preventing more violence from happening in our schools and in our neighborhoods. Andra’s book provides us with a reference point. The escalation of violence is complicated but Andra’s strategies and her clear approach is simple and practical and we cannot afford to wait in implementing it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images