Classroom Management: Sound Theory and Effective Practice

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CHAPTER 1
Introduction: Some Straight Talk on Discipline

OBJECTIVES
This chapter will help you, among other things, to:
Define the extent to which discipline is, as well as perceived as, a major problem in today's schools.
Defend the philosophy, models, strategies sequence.
Recognize classroom management skills as an integral part of instructional evaluation.
Defend the use of discipline models that have stood the test of time.
Aknowledge that effective teaching is a prerequisite to effective discipline.
Accept the need for ongoing study in the area of classroom management.
Challenge the belief that discipline is nothing more than common sense.

DISCIPLINE: A REAL PROBLEM?

The annual Gallup Poll of the public's attitudes toward public schools, published each September in Phi Delta Kappan, has for almost three decades identified lack of discipline as one of the biggest problems in public schools. In fact, the journal has singled out lack of discipline as the number one problem more often than any other. Classroom management strategies, a more palatable name for "discipline," clearly need some attention!

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