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Keep CALM and Teach

Keep CALM and Teach
Empowering K-12 Learners With Positive Classroom Management Routines

A Joint Publication With AMLE

September 2018 | 240 pages | Corwin

What do you say when . . .

More than ever before, students are coming to school with social, emotional, and behavioral issues that could have a negative impact on their learning. What’s more, the pressure on teachers for their students to perform well on high-stakes testing can take the focus away from addressing behavioral issues. Luckily, there’s a practical solution for managing behavior in the classroom. Get to know the CALM method—an actionable, clear, and easy to remember framework for redirecting student behavior.

CALM stands for Communication, Accountability, Leadership, and Motivation. It is an inclusive approach to behavior focused on building relationships, community, behavior skills, and academic achievement. The CALM framework provides teachers with successful behavior strategies that will create a comfortable, safe, respectful, and encouraging learning environment for students and teachers alike. Whether you’re new to teaching, working with at-risk students, or you’ve been working in the profession for years but want a fresh approach, this book will provide you with

  • Strategies to inspire a CALM classroom
  • Positive ways to redirect inappropriate behavior
  • Practical scripts to answer the question "What do I say when _______ happens?"
  • Step-by-step guides, checklists, and templates for ensuring a productive, engaging classroom community 

Developing classroom management skills and techniques that work can be extremely challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. Keep CALM with proactive strategies for creating a culture of respect, accountability, and a strong sense of community!

Chapter 1 – The CALM Management Program
How I Got From There to Here  
Teach Content and Behavior  
CALM Management  
Proactive Measures  
Positive Reinforcements  
Learning Goals  
Behavior Goals  
Reflection Questions  
Part I: CALM Communication
Chapter 2 - Positive Behavior Expectations
Explicit Expectations Lead to Positive Results  
In the Research  
Shift in Thinking – Teaching Behavior and Content with Gradual Release  
Proactive Teaching  
Proactive vs Reactive  
Time to Teach  
Beginning the CALM Classroom Process  
Special Situations  
Reflection Questions  
Chapter 3 - Redirect Behavior Model
Redirect Behavior Model Defined  
Empower Students  
Framework of Redirect Behavior Model  
Implementing the Phases of the RBM  
Phase I: Explain Student Behavior Expectations  
Phase I: Non-Compliance – What to do if a Student Does Not Accept the Redirection  
Phase II: Encourage Student Ownership  
Phase III: Problem-solving with the Non-compliant Student  
Delivering the Redirect Behavior Model  
Say It and Move On  
Make It Conversational  
Be Prepared for Students to Feel Uncomfortable  
Remain Calm  
Redirect Behavior Model for Instruction  
Reflection Questions  
Chapter 4 – Voice Movement Task Model
Voice-Movement-Task Model Defined  
When to Use  
Reflection Questions  
Part II: CALM Accountability
Chapter 5 – Accountability – Collaborative Work Groups
Small Group Interaction Model  
Prior to Activity (Standard Procedures for all Activities)  
Small Group Interaction Model  
Peer Feedback  
How to Teach Students to Provide Academic Feedback  
Positive Behavior Expectations  
Role Play Scenarios  
Reflection Questions  
Chapter 6 – Accountability – Conversations, Consequences & Follow Through
Student Choices  
Consequences to Promote Growth  
Conversations to Promote Growth  
Relying on Positive Consequences May Require a Change in Mindset  
Positive Consequences  
Consequences that Address Negative Behavior  
Inappropriate Responses to Negative Behavior  
Consequence Progression  
Follow Through  
Reflection Questions  
Part III: CALM Leadership
Chapter 7 - Teacher as a Leader
Five Effective Practices for a Teacher Leader  
Reflective Practitioner  
Teacher Presence  
Positive Mindset  
Reflection Questions  
Chapter 8 - Student as a Leader
Student Communication Model (SCM)  
Community Council  
Purpose of the Community Council  
Appointing the Council Leader  
When the Council Convenes  
Community Council Whole-Class Meeting Protocol  
Teacher Role  
Reflection Questions  
Part IV: CALM Motivation
Chapter 9 - Motivation Plan
Motivation Plan – Whole Class  
Disengaged Student – Work for Wins  
Disengaged Student – Mentor Tutoring  
Reflective Questions  
Chapter 10 – Final Thoughts
Key Takeaways  
One Last Collaborative Group Activity  
Where Do We Go From Here  

"Victoria Lentfer is the 21st century Madeline Hunter!  Dr. Lentfer's CALM approach makes so much sense. This book should be required reading for all first year teachers who often struggle with classroom management.  Finally a step-by-step approach that helps to diffuse classroom disruptions while allowing teachers to teach and students to learn. Classrooms can become kind and caring learning environments that have high expectations and respect all students."

Pamela J. Cohn, Executive Director Secondary School Support & Supervision
Omaha Public Schools

“CALM Classroom Management is critical to teaching success. The author has ‘been there, done that’ when it comes to learning from mistakes, digging into the research, engaging in reflection and becoming a continuous learner in the area of classroom management. This book applies a practical, no-nonsense and experience based approach which includes research-based case-studies and activities to help teachers and administrators be successful.”

Nancy A. Edick, Lois G. Roskens Dean, College of Education
University of Nebraska at Omaha

“Dr. Lentfer's book on classroom management reaches a broad audience.  Her philosophy of CALM (Communication, Accountability, Leadership and Motivation) allows educators to see and relate practical strategies teachers can implement tomorrow.”


Kim Campbell, Proud Middle School Teacher/AMLE Consultant/SOAR Coordinator/Dean of Students
Hopkins School District

“CALM management is a simple, yet effective way for teachers to establish a positive learning environment.  Teachers are able to establish a respectful classroom by using the proactive methods in the CALM management program.  This step-by-step approach empowers students through choices and accountability.  This a must read for new teachers!”

Jim Sutfin, Ed.D, Superintendent
Millard Public Schools

“Dr. Lentfer’s CALM Management Program is the answer to every teacher’s biggest wish; to have a classroom environment where every single student can experience success. She provides simple, clear, and proven techniques for classroom management, with examples from real classrooms, at every level of schooling. Every teacher needs a copy of this book, new and veteran alike!”

Dr. Ferial Pearson, College of Education
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Key features
New teachers, teachers with at-risk students, and all teachers will find:
  • Strategies to inspire a CALM classroom
  • Positive ways to redirect inappropriate behavior
  • Practical scripts to answer the question: "What do I say when _______ happens?"
  • Practical guides, checklists, and templates for ensuring a productive, engaging classroom community

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ISBN: 9781506397764