Transformative Classroom Management: Positive Strategies to Engage All Students and Promote a Psychology of Success

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Wiley, Nov 4, 2009 - Education - 384 pages
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The natural condition of any classroom is harmonious,satisfying, and productive, so why do so many teachers strugglewith problems of apathy, hostility, anxiety, inefficiency, andresistance?

In this groundbreaking book, education expert John Shindlerpresents a powerful model, Transformative Classroom Management(TCM), that can be implemented by any teacher to restore thenatural positive feelings in his or her classroom—the love oflearning, collaboration, inspiration, and giving—and create aproductive learning environment in which all students canachieve.

Unlike other classroom management systems that view problems assomething to be "handled," TCM offers suggestions for creatingoptimal conditions for learning, performance, motivation, andgrowth. This practical book shows teachers how to abandonineffective short-term gimmicks, bribes, and punishments and adoptthe proven management practices and new habits of mind that willtransform their classrooms.

Praise for Transformative Classroom Management

"Transformative Classroom Management is a practical resourcethat explains the how and why of classroom management for noviceand veteran teachers. Dr. Shindler recognizes the importance ofpreserving the teacher's sanity while ensuring the student'sdevelopment of a personal sense of responsibility and a positiveself-esteem."
—Eileen Matus, principal, South Toms River Elementary School,New Jersey

"I have read many other management books by other authors, butTransformative Classroom Management has been the best so far atdemystifying the invisible forces in the classroom."
—Will McElroy, 4th grade teacher, Los Angeles United SchoolDistrict

"This book was an invaluable tool for me during my studentteaching. It served as a reference book that I found myselfcontinually drawn to while struggling to find ways to effectivelymanage 29 first graders. The ideas, concepts and suggestions in thebook were so innovative and helpful that even my Master Teacherfound herself implementing some of the ideas! A must have for allstudent teachers!"
—Carol Gillon, student teacher, Seattle University

"Insightful and thoroughly researched, Transformative ClassroomManagement is an invaluable tool to help teachers, newbies andveterans alike, develop fully functional and engaged learningcommunities."
—Lisa Gamache Rodriguez, teacher, Los Angeles Unified SchoolDistrict

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About the author (2009)

John Shindler, Ph.D., is associate professor at California State University, Los Angeles, the co-director of the Western Alliance for the Study of School Climate, and the chair of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Special Interest Group for School Climate, Culture and Community. He is also a regular contributor to educational journals including Educational Leadership and National Forum of Teacher Education Journal.

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