ERIC Number: ED488876
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Difficult Students: Blue Jays in the Classroom
Gnezda, Nicole M.
Rowman & Littlefield Education
Here is an easy-to-read and inspiring text that explores the nature of young people and the effects traditional discipline strategies have on them. The author recommends humanistic approaches that promote personal growth in students rather than the common system of reward and punishment that aggravates underlying psychological issues and encourages resentment, retaliation, apathy, and failure. This book includes an academic review of educational psychology theories, step-by-step instructions on how to discipline students humanely and effectively, and expressive artwork that illustrates how the principles of psychology manifest in the lives of real students in real schools. The ideas and stories emanate from the experiences of a K-12 teacher whose personal life has been profoundly intertwined with the teaching profession. This book will be of interest to practicing and preservice teachers of all subject areas and grade levels. Chapters in this book include the following: (1) What Can We Do about Knowledge?; (2) Educate; (3) Self-Protection; (4) What Can We Do about Self-Protection?; (5) First Do No Harm, Second Build Success; (6) Love; (7) What Can We Do about Love?; (7) Love and Model Love; (8) Empowerment; (9) What Can We Do about Empowerment?; (10) Give Choices, Responsibility, and Guidance; (11) The Relationship between Love and Empowerment; (12) It Matters How We Treat Difficult Kids; (13) It's All about the Soil: A Parable; (14) Reconsidering Assumptions: Cleaning out Our Brains; (14) About Authority and Respect; (15) About Competition; (16) About Motivation; (17) About "Problem Students"; (18) About Labels; (19) Lazy; (20) Irresponsible; (21) Careless; (22) Just Trying to Get Attention; (23) More Thought about Labels; (24) The Poor Get Poorer: Why Reward and Punishment Do Not Work; (25) We Won't Be Wimps!; (26) Clarity of Thought; (27) Nurturing; (28) Relationship Building; (29) More about Courage; (30) Keeping It Simple; (31) Why Bother?; (32) Because of Carol; (33) Because of Leroy; (34) Because of Alexis; and (35) The Ultimate View.
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Psychological Patterns, Educational Psychology, Discipline, Student Attitudes, Student Development, Student Empowerment, Student Motivation, Student Behavior, Classroom Techniques
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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