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Responsible Classroom Management, Grades K–5

Responsible Classroom Management, Grades K–5
A Schoolwide Plan

April 2010 | 152 pages | Corwin

"The Responsible Classroom Management Plan (RCMPlan™) truly lets teachers teach and the principal serve as the instructional leader. RCM is a brilliant concept that has cut office referrals by as much as 80% and dropout rates by 50%. The book provides principals and teachers with implementation steps for introducing the entire faculty or even the district to this wonderful program that takes students from a mindset of entitlement into a real-life world of being responsible for their own actions from day one."
—Chris Lineberry, Principal
Harmon Elementary School, San Tan Valley, AZ

Reduce office referrals, decrease suspensions, and increase responsible student behavior!

Written for principals and teachers, this nationally tested discipline plan for Grades K–5 emphasizes a team approach to managing student behavior. The authors' Responsible Classroom Management Plan (RCMPlan™) demonstrates how a behavior support system can promote good citizenship and appropriate social conduct. This all-inclusive resource offers:

  • A research-based model that shows teachers how to reinforce responsible behavior in a warm inviting classroom environment
  • Guidelines for developing flexible behavior standards and effective consequences in place of rigid rules
  • An end-of-book toolbox with numerous tools, samples, and field-tested consequences for introducing, implementing, and monitoring Responsible Classroom Management schoolwide

Additional tools and resources to help you implement Responsible Classroom Management are available here.

List of Tools
About the Authors
1. Understanding The RCMPlan™
The RCMPlan™

Becoming a Successful RCM Teacher

A Model for Improving Instruction and Behavior

An Invitation to Change: The RCMPlan™ Inventory

Looking Ahead

2. Teaching Students Responsibility Within Warm and Inviting Classrooms
The Original and Still Functional Correlates for Teaching Responsibility

Expecting Responsibility and Civility in the Classroom

Experimenting With Responsibility and Civility in the Classroom

Modeling Responsible Behavior

The Four Types of Inviting Teachers

Preparing to Modify Classroom Procedures

Student Roles and Additions to the Classroom

Group Activities

Looking Ahead

3. Standards, Guidelines, and Expected Behaviors
Why Rules Do Not Work With Elementary Children

Replacing Rules With School and Classroom Standards, Guidelines, and Expected Behaviors

Building School Guidelines for Outside the Classroom

Developing Classroom Guidelines

Teaching the Standards and Guidelines to Students

Looking Ahead

4. Using Consequences to Teach Responsibility
Using Logical Consequences Versus Punishment

Developing a Pool of Consequences for Selective Use in the Classroom

Consequences for More Serious Infractions: The Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Using ICU Effectively

Behavior Improvement Agreements (BIAs)

The DRC's Supervisory Process

A Sample of Grade-Specific Consequences

Group Activities

Looking Ahead

Resource A: The RCMPlan™ Principal's Guide
Resource B: The RCMPlan™ Toolbox

"The Responsible Classroom Management (RMC) plan really lets teachers teach and the principal serve as the instructional leader. RMC is a brilliant concept that has been tested nationally with results that have cut office referrals by as high as 80% and dropout rates by 50%. Now, principals and selective teachers can use this book with steps for implementation to prepare the entire faculty or even the district in this wonderful program that truly takes students from a stage of entitlement to a real-life world of being responsible for their own actions from day one."

Chris Lineberry, Principal
Harmon Elementary School, San Tan Valley, AZ

"This book goes into great detail on how to establish a schoolwide discipline program and the step-by-step process for introduction and implementation. Involving students and parents are key elements outlined in the book for ownership in the program. I would recommend this book for any school, administrator, or teacher seeking ways to improve schoolwide discipline and effective classroom management."

Jim R. Watson, Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Key features
  • Focuses on the needs of professionals who work in the diverse settings that characterize today's schools
  • Uses a schoolwide, team-based approach involving administrators, teachers, school psychologists, other support personnel, and parents to identify, implement, and evaluate best practices and support improvement efforts related to budget, personnel, and resource allocations
  • Emphasizes the importance of teamwork among teachers in reinforcing schoolwide standards  in the classroom, the halls, the lunchroom, or on the playground
  • Addresses the nuts and bolts of classroom management, explains the essential skills that effective teachers need for teaching responsible behavior and internal student control, and provides sample forms and letters for easy implementation
  • Shows teachers how to create a warm and inviting classroom environment, develop flexible standards and guidelines in place of rigid rules, and treat students fairly using a variety of personalized methods
  • Makes behavioral instruction proactive and demonstrates how to teach and model appropriate social behavior, give students opportunities to practice and become fluent in expected behavior, and provide positive feedback
  • Provides tested consequences for elementary school students that promote internal behavior control
  • Explains how teachers can use a continuum of behavior support and describes Behavioral Improvement Agreements and an Intensive Care Unit for serious student infractions
  • A Principal's Guide in the resources section provides an at-a-glance process with accompanying tools for successfully introducing, implementing, and monitoring responsible classroom management within the school

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