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