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Teaching Discipline & Self-Respect

Teaching Discipline & Self-Respect
Effective Strategies, Anecdotes, and Lessons for Successful Classroom Management

February 2007 | 200 pages | Corwin

Manage your classroom with proven, positive techniques that promote appropriate behavior.

Teachers want to be able to teach the content they were trained to teach. Yet most teachers find themselves faced with the challenge of achieving effective classroom management. Highly readable and engaging, Teaching Discipline & Self-Respect offers guidelines, specific strategies, and structured activities that have been used successfully in culturally, linguistically, economically, and academically diverse classrooms.

SiriNam S. Khalsa, a master teacher and consultant who is passionate about teaching and understanding the individual needs of every student, focuses on developing self-esteem and self-image while maintaining the dignity of each student. Through vignettes and case studies, Khalsa's text provides readers with:

  • Guidelines for changing students' negative behavior
  • Reproducible lessons, such as "Understanding Anger" and "Teaching 'I' and 'You' Statements"
  • Engaging activities ready for immediate use in difficult situations
  • 15 steps to help teachers keep a positive mental attitude
  • 30 techniques for reducing stress and maintaining perspective when working with challenging students

This refreshing and energizing approach to classroom management shows teachers how to embrace positive change and improve both their teaching practice and their students' lives.

Foreword by Jeffrey R. Ryan
About the Author
Introduction: About This Book
The Boatman and the Passenger

What Is Teaching Discipline and Self-Respect?

Outcomes of Teaching Discipline and Self-Respect

Chapter Organization

1. Building Cooperation and a Community of Learners
The Heart of an Eagle

Rapport: The Power of Relationships

Outcomes of Establishing Rapport

How to Develop Rapport

Techniques for Creating Dialogue

Strategies for Creating Cooperation

Building a Community of Learners

2. Creating Classroom Procedures and Routines
Changing Behavior Cycles

Discipline Versus Punishment

Alternatives to Punishment

Classroom Procedures and Routines

Teaching Classroom Procedures and Routines

Steps for Teaching Procedures and Routines

Thinking Signs

Follow-Up Feedback

3. Teaching Discipline and Self-Respect
Who's in Charge? Establishing Authority

Promoting Desirable Behavior

Promoting Desirable Behavior Outside the Classroom

Inviting Cooperation

Scenarios for Creating Cooperation in the Classroom

Offering Choices--Within Limits

Academic Choice

Avoiding Power Struggles

Setting Limits Through Thinking Words

The Criticism Trap

4. Strategies Impacting Positive Discipline and Self-Respect
Time Out




Self-Monitoring Checklist

Self-Control Cards

Staying in the Present

Collaborative Teaming: Many Heads Are Better Than One

5. Changing Eleven Negative Behavior Cycles
1. The Class Bully

2. The Class Clown

3. The Interrupter

4. The Disorganized Student

5. The Overly Sensitive Student

6. The Teaser

7. The Property Destroyer

8. The Fighter

9. The Student Who Feels Stupid

10. The Nervous Student

11. The Student Who Makes Sexual Overtones

6. Understanding Diverse Students and Difficult Circumstances
Working With Students and Families Who Are Disadvantaged

Scenarios for Responding to Events: Internal Voices

Understanding Culture and Linguistic Differences

ADHD: A Mistaken Disorder

Enhancing the Potential of All Students

7. Managing Your Stress: Help for Educators
Avoiding Burnout

Maintaining a Positive Mental Attitude: 15 Steps

Releasing Stress

Concluding Thoughts


"Clear advice for new teachers struggling to develop a system and build rapport with students. Offers valuable insight into certain types of behaviors for any educator looking for a ‘new way’ to handle discipline problems."

Tammy Schoen, English Teacher
Coral Glades High School, Coral Springs, FL

"Refreshingly positive. Provides tangible, doable techniques and describes respectful, sensitive approaches that can be implemented by all teachers with all students."

Michelle Barnea, Early Childhood Educational Consultant

"Packs in lesson plans, strategies, and anecdotes from successful classroom management projects and thus is a top pick for teachers who wish to receive the applied experience of other professionals."

California Bookwatch, April 2007

“Khalsa does not propose a ‘one size fits all’ or single system approach to classroom management, as is typical in classroom management books. Rather the focus is on a realistic classroom management approach based on the myriad of human characteristics displayed by the diverse students in today’s classrooms.”

CHOICE, January 2008, Vol. 45(5)
American Library Association
Key features
  • Numerous suggestions and activities ready for immediate implementation in the classroom
  • Strategies that have been tested, refined, and used successfully in culturally, economically, and intellectually diverse classrooms
  • Reproducible lessons, such as "Understanding Anger" and "Teaching 'I' and 'You' Statements"
  • Vignettes and case studies to elaborate author's points
  • Most common undesirable behaviors (and how to break these cycles)
  • A section about mistakes to avoid
  • An effective yet refreshingly positive and energizing approach to classroom management

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

For instructors

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