• Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management
  • Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management
  • Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management
ISBN: 1416620621
EAN13: 9781416620624
Language: English
Pages: 170
Dimensions: 0.73" H x 8.43" L x 5.85" W
Weight: 0.79 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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Book Overview

Classroom management is traditionally a matter of encouraging good behavior and discouraging bad by doling out rewards and punishments. But studies show that when educators empower students to address and correct misbehavior among themselves, positive results are longer lasting and more wide reaching. In Better Than Carrots or Sticks, longtime educators and best-selling authors Dominique Smith, Douglas Fisher, and Nancy Frey provide a practical blueprint for creating a cooperative and respectful classroom climate in which students and teachers work through behavioral issues together. After a comprehensive overview of the roots of the restorative practices movement in schools, the authors explain how to

  • Establish procedures and expectations for student behavior that encourage the development of positive interpersonal skills;
  • Develop a nonconfrontational rapport with even the most challenging students; and
  • Implement conflict resolution strategies that prioritize relationship building and mutual understanding over finger-pointing and retribution.

Rewards and punishments may help to maintain order in the short term, but they're at best superficially effective and at worst counterproductive. This book will prepare teachers at all levels to ensure that their classrooms are welcoming, enriching, and constructive environments built on collective respect and focused on student achievement.

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Book Reviews (9)

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   Helpful Resource
I read this book over the summer and have successfully implemented several strategies in my classroom. I really enjoyed reading it and found it to be very helpful, Morgenthau said.
 
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   Still not sure how I feel about this book.
Everyone in the education field seems to believe that restorative practices are the only way to go, Graham said. I feel like the book takes a lax approach to some big discipline infractions, he said. It also makes it seem like if you implement everything in the book that suddenly all the bad behavior will be gone and there won't be any discipline issues in schools and classrooms. I do feel that teachers should have a relationship with their students where the students know they are cared for and cared about, she said. The use of circles is just too difficult to predict. It feels like if I did the circles the book suggests then I would have 10 circles going in each class. It's too much, Tunick said. The book suggests having a weekly school staff circle to check in with each other's feelings and share.
 
5
   Eye Opening
Honestly, I felt very similar on the subject of discipline and rewards, but I wasn't sure on implementation. Rewards points can be used for everything from airline upgrades to cosmetic surgery. I hated the idea of just punishing kids, because they don't always know what they did wrong or why it was wrong. I think this book helped cement a lot of my classroom management style.
 
5
   Restoring My Classroom Management Plan
The book, "Better Than Carrots or Sticks," was written by former U.S. teachers and classroom managers. The information is organized well and is readily understood, making it easy to find, Mr. Rule told the judge.
 
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   Slightly Disappointed
Overall, I gave this book 3 stars because it is very difficult to get through some of the chapters. In my opinion, there's just too much information out there about what's being done in classrooms that causes the issues, he said. I got this book because I am looking for concrete ways to create a true classroom community through using restorative practices, said Dr. Julie Mason, director of the Center for Restorative Practices at Boston University. I am already versed in what doesn't work, so I wish this book did more to provide information on restorative practices, he said.
 
5
   Very insightful
Whether it's a lack of exposure to other classroom management texts or just plain old classroom management, this one is easily one of the best reads. The book is a great guide to all the concepts that I had never considered before. The book really changed my perspective on a lot of things and I find myself more comfortable and at peace with the way I interact with my students, he said. I recommend that anyone considering a career in music read this book. He also said: "Many people don't think about it that way." Even if you're not going to be a teacher or an educator in some form or fashion, it's a great guide for raising a generation of thoughtful, intuitive and compassionate people, Levine said.
 
5
   Strategic and Optimisic
This well written, easy to read book was full of strategies including why and how to use them. I appreciate this book because it has a positive and optimistic approach to challenging behaviors and school policy, said Dr. Julie Mason, director of the school's Office of Student Success. I believe every school leadership should read this together in order to create a responsive, supportive, hopeful school system and environment for all kids, staff, and families, he said.
 
5
   I feel like I’m a better teacher already
I've read all the books, but this was by far the best. I couldn't put it down. With every turn and example, I kept thinking of moments in my teaching career when I could have done better or times I was right in how I approached a child's behavior. I've always thought more of a positive approach, but this help me solidify what that actually means and how to approach and use it in my practice.
 
5
   It is an excellent read for seasoned and new teachers alike and begs ...
Broomhead sticks to the hilt of his hunting stick. The book explains fully the merits of restorative practices and suggests practical ways to implement them in the classroom, school, and district levels.
 
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