Julia G. Thompson has been a public school teacher for more than twenty-five years. Thompson currently teaches in Fairfax County, Virginia, and is an active speaker, consultant, teacher trainer, and workshop presenter. Author of the best-selling The First-Year Teacher's Survival Guide and The First-Year Teacher's Checklist, she also publishes a Web site (http://juliagthompson.com) offering tips for teachers on a wide variety of topics.
I. Successful Discipline Rests with You.
You Can Make a Difference.
You Are Not Alone.
Why Punishment and Other Ineffective Discipline Techniques Do Not Work.
What You Should Know About Adolescents.
How Much Autonomy Should You Allow?
The Behaviors You Can Expect from Your Students.
Proactive Attitudes that Can Help You Create a Positive Discipline Climate.
II. Adopt a Comprehensive Approach for a Successful Discipline Climate.
Begin the Process with a Broad View.
The Characteristics of a Well-Managed Twenty-first Century Classroom.
Five Common-sense Actions to Establish a Productive Classroom Environment.
The Most Common Discipline Mistakes that Secondary Teachers Make.
Effective Management and Discipline Practices.
Put Your High Expectations to Work.
How to Communicate Your High Expectations.
III. Cultivate Your Role as a Classroom Leader.
Become an Effective Classroom Leader.
Students Should Come First.
View Yourself as a Coach.
The Importance of Assessing Your Performance.
How to Gather Other Data on Your Classroom Competence.
Avoid Unreasonable Expectations.
How to Manage Your Stressful Career.
The Promise of Professionalism.
How to Be Prepared for Class Every Day.
How to Make Your Students Pay Attention to You.
Show Respect to Gain Respect.
Watch Your Body Language.
Know Your Audience.
Be Careful about Your Language.
IV. Establish a Positive Classroom Environment.
Establish a Positive Classroom Environment.
Safety Must Come First.
How to Determine If Students Are Stressed Instead of Challenged.
Protect Students from Bullies.
Making Your Classroom Safe by Enforcing School Rules.
Establish a Physical Environment Conducive to Learning.
Sharing Classroom Space.
Dealing with Noise Levels.
Promoting Classroom Ownership.
Create a Student-Centered Class Atmosphere.
Structure Your Class to Use Time Wisely.
Quick Tips to Make Every Minute Count.
The First Ten Minutes of Class.
Reducing Disruptions Through Effective Transitions.
Activities to Keep Students Engaged in Learning During Transition Times.
The Last Ten Minutes of Class.
V. Promote Self-Discipline.
Moving Beyond Crowd Control to Promote Self-Discipline.
Become a Consistent Teacher.
Teach Students How to Monitor Themselves.
Focus on Your Students' Strengths.
Increase Positive Interactions with Your Students.
How to Encourage Students Who Are Struggling.
How to Help Impulsive Students.
How to Assist Students with Attention Deficit Disorders.
How to Support Students Who Are Underachievers.
How to Help Students Make Up Missed Work.
Promote Self-Discipline Through Improved Self-Image.
Teach Your Students to Set and Achieve Goals.
Teach Students to Make Good Decisions.
Creating Self-Disciplined Students Through Problem-Solving Activities.
Behavior Modeling That Can Transform a Class.
Use Behavior Contracts to Promote Responsibility.
Hold Students Accountable for Their Own Success.
VI. Use Classroom Management Systems.
Classroom Management Decisions You Will Have to Make.
How Classroom Rules, Policies, and Procedures Promote Self-Discipline.
A Simple Technique to Make Rules, Procedures, and Policies Easy to Remember.
Setting Limits and Abiding By Them.
Saying “No” Without Being Negative.
Create Classroom Rules.
How to Teach Classroom Rules Successfully.
Enforce Classroom Rules.
Policies that Guide Your Students.
Establish Control Through Class Procedures.
VII. Create and Maintain a Partnership with Students’ Families.
Why All Teachers Need This Positive Relationship.
Helpful Attitudes to Help You Work with Parents and Guardians.
Avoid Confrontation with a Transparent Classroom.
How to Generate a Positive Working Relationship.
What You Can Expect from Your Students' Parents and Guardians.
What Your Students' Parents and Guardians Should Expect from You.
Hold Beneficial Conferences.
Documenting Home Contacts.
Manage Electronic Correspondence.
Make Productive Phone Calls.
Create a Class Web Page.
How to Maintain Student Privacy.
VIII. Establish a Cooperative Classroom Climate.
The Synergy of a Cooperative Classroom Climate.
What to Do When Your School's Climate Is Not Positive.
Connect with Your Students.
The Basics of a Good Teacher-Student Relationship.
How to Get to Know Your Students.
How to Let Your Students Know that You Care.
Boundaries in Teacher-Student Relationships.
Seeking Feedback from Your Students.
Teach Social Skills.
The Importance of Modeling Courtesy.
What to Do When a Student Confides in You.
Use Conflict Resolution Strategies to Create a Productive Classroom.
Arming Our Students: Teaching the Art of the Alternative Response to Rude Classmates.
Create A Sense of Community by Helping Students Learn About Each Other.
Use Interview Projects to Help Students Learn About Each Other.
Enjoy The Benefits of a Diverse Classroom.
Build a Positive Classroom Culture.
IX. Maintain Order with Effective Instruction.
The Relationship between Instruction and Discipline.
Provide Engaging Instruction.
Activities to Engage Students.
Build in Relevance.
Pace Lessons to Keep Every Student on Task.
What to Do When Wasted Time Causes Problems.
Differentiate Instruction to Engage Your Students.
How to Have Successful Homework Assignments.
Teach the Process of Long-Term Project.
Student Notebooks: Organizing for Success.
Ask Productive Questions.
Play Games with Your Students.
How to Use Technology to Enhance Instruction.
Help Students Stay on Task When Working with Computers.
Teaching Students to Work Well Together.
Some Quick Collaborative Activities without Technology Support.
Some Quick Collaborative Activities with Technology Support.
Monitoring Students’ Behavior.
Quick Monitoring Techniques.
Use a Syllabus to Prevent Problems.
When You Need a Substitute.
X. Motivate Students to Perform Well.
The Role Motivation Plays in a Discipline Plan.
Make Sure Students Know How to Do Their Work.
Study Skills Appropriate for Secondary Students.
Positive Reinforcement Makes the Difference.
Use Encouragement and Praise.
How to Use Encouragement and Praise Effectively.
Employ Extrinsic Motivation.
Techniques for Increasing Intrinsic Motivation.
Arouse Student Curiosity.
Build Critical-Thinking Skills.
Questions That Spark Critical Thinking.
Task Stems to Motivate Students Through Critical Thinking Activities.
Active Learning Strategies for Active Students.
Use Inductive Learning to Engage Students.
Another Useful Method of Using Inductive Teaching: Case Studies.
Appeal to Your Students’ Altruism.
Internet Resources for Service Projects in Your Classroom.
Show Students How to Benefit from Formative Assessments.
Enlarge the Learning Environment.
Create a Culture of Excellence in Your Classroom.
XI. Prevent Discipline Problems.
Create a Positive Situation When You Prevent Discipline Problems
When You Are the Cause of the Problem.
When What You Say Causes Problems.
Conducting Useful Student Conferences.
Strategies for Successful Student Conferences.
Making Detentions Beneficial for Your Students.
Essay Questions that Will Help Solve Discipline Problems.
How to Handle the Difficult Class.
Win Over Your Difficult Students.
How to Increase the Positive Behaviors in Your Class.
How to Decrease the Negative Behaviors in Your Class.
XII. Cope Successfully with Discipline Problems Once They Occur.
The Difficult Task of Responding to Discipline Problems.
How to Successfully Investigate a Behavior Problem.
Employ the Steps of the Problem-Solving Approach.
The Importance of Early Intervention.
The Choices Teachers Have When Dealing with Discipline Problems.
How to Refer a Student to the Office.
The Importance of Anecdotal Behavior Records.
How to Preserve Your Students' Dignity.
How to Handle Chronic Misbehavior.
How to Manage Students Who Want to Sleep Instead of Participate in Class.
What to Do When Students Lack Materials.
How to Help Students Who Daydream.
How to Manage Student Cell Phone Use in Class.
How to Manage Hallway Misbehavior.
How to Handle Requests to See the School Nurse.
How to Handle Vandalism.
How to Manage Profanity.
How to Intervene When Students Are Tardy.
How to Intervene When Students Are Truant.
How to Reduce Excessive Talking.
How to Avoid Power Struggles.
How to Intervene When Students Cheat.
How to Cope When Students Steal.
What to Do When Students Are Defiant.
What to Do When Students Are Violent.
Warning Signs You Should Not Ignore.