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Principles of Classroom Management: A Professional Decision-Making Model, 6th Edition

By James Levin, James F. Nolan

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jun 29, 2009


In its sixth edition, Principles of Classroom Management approaches creating positive learning environments by providing teachers with a theoretically based yet highly practical system for preventing disruptive behavior and influencing appropriate behavior.


Written for classroom management and general methods courses, this concise text presents an array of decision-making options that guide teachers in thinking about how to approach particular classroom management situations and choose from a range of options designed to prevent, cope with, and solve a range of problems. A variety of theoretical perspectives, each fleshed out with cases taken from actual classrooms, gives teachers and prospective teachers many choices for handling issues that may arise in their classrooms.


The new sixth edition of this thoroughly revised and updated text includes the most current issues surfacing in classroom management such as cyber bullying as well as expanded discussions of effective teaching techniques, functional behavior assessment, violence in the media, cultural synchronization, and student resiliency. The new edition also includes an expanded number of classroom management models.

Table of Contents





1. The Basics.

Defining the Process of Teaching.
Case 1.1: Getting Students to Respond.
Case 1.2: “Why Study? We Don't Get Enough Time for the Test Anyway!”
Principles of Classroom Management.
Professional Decision-Making Hierarchy.
Case 1.3: The Vice-Principal Wants to See Whom?

2. Nature of the Discipline Problem.

Defining a Discipline Problem.
Case 2.1: Can a Teacher Be a Discipline Problem?
Case 2.2: Solving a Motivational Problem.
Extent of the Problem.
The Effect of Classroom Discipline Problems on Teaching and Learning.
Case 2.3: Discipline: A Costly Waste of Time.
Case 2.4: The Ripple Effect.

3. Understanding Why Children Misbehave.

Societal Changes.
Case 3.1: This Is the Greatest Thing That Has Happened to Me in Twenty Years of Teaching.
Case 3.2: Who Really Cares?
Failure to Meet Children's Basic Needs.
Case 3.3: Hanging on the Corner.
Case 3.4: Marital Conflict.
Case 3.5: Forgetting to Sit Down.
Case 3.6: There Must Be a Better Way.
Case 3.7: Too Much Noise.
Case 3.8: Afraid of Going to School.
Case 3.9: Turning Off Students.
Children's Pursuit of Social Recognition and Self-Esteem.

Case 3.10: I'm Going to Be Sorry When Fifth Grade Is Over.
Case 3.11: Seeking Faulty Goals.
Self Esteem

Bullying and Cyberbullying
Case 3.12: “Get out of My Face.”
Stages of Cognitive and Moral Development

Instructional Competence.
Case 3.13: Not Being Able to Teach.

4. Philosophical Approaches to Classroom Management.

Case 4.1: The Tricks-of-the-Trade Approach.
Teacher Power Bases.
Case 4.2: The Involved Teacher.
Case 4.3: Her Reputation Precedes Her.
Case 4.4: “School Is Your Job.”
Case 4.5: Going to Recess.
Theories of Classroom Management.
Case 4.6: Handling Disruptive David.



5. The Professional Teacher.

The Basics of Effective Teaching.

Lesson Design

Student Motivation: Teacher Variables
Case 5.1: The Popcorn Popper.
Case 5.2: Talking between Classes.
Case 5.3: Nonconstructive Feedback.

Teacher Expectations

Classroom Questioning

Maximizing Learning Time
Beyond the Basics.

Teaching for Understanding

Authentic Instruction

Creating Communities of Learners

Teaching toward Multiple Intelligences
Case 5.4: Cooperative Learning in Biology.
Case 5.5: Three Years of History Rolled into One.

6. Structuring the Environment.

Designing the Physical Classroom Environment.
Establishing Classroom Guidelines.
Case 6.1: Fourteen to Ten, Music Wins.
Case 6.2: Having Your Name Placed on the Board Isn't Always Bad.
Case 6.3: “I Don't Know if I Can Remember.”
Case 6.4: “I'm Not Promising Anything.”
Case 6.5: Calling out Correct Answers.
Case 6.6: The Smiley Face Self-Analysis.
The Cultural Embeddedness of Rules and Guidelines.
Case 6.7: Believing What You Want to

Case 6.8: No One Looks Like Me

Creating Group Norms to Structure Appropriate Behavior.



7. Managing Common Behavior Problems: Nonverbal Interventions

Prerequisites to Management.
Surface Behaviors.
Case 7.1: “ … 3,2,1, Blast Off.”
Proactive Intervention Skills.
Remedial Intervention Skills.
Effectiveness of Nonverbal Coping Skills.
Case 7.2: Notes versus Math.
Case 7.3: Let Your Fingers Do the Walking.

8. Coping with Common Behavior Problems: Verbal Interventions and Use of Logical Consequences.

Case 8.1: Blowing His Stack.
Classroom Verbal Intervention.
Case 8.2: Jimmy, the Little Sneak.
Comply or Face the Logical Consequences: “You Have a Choice.”
When “You Have a Choice” Doesn't Work.
Case 8.3: “Doing Nothin'.”



9. Classroom Interventions for Chronic Behavior Problems.

Case 9.1: “I Just Dropped My Book.”
Relationship Building.
Case 9.2: Darnell.
Case 9.3: Relating to Cindy.
Breaking the Cycle of Discouragement.

Talking to Solve Problems

Specific Short-Term Problem-Solving Strategies

10. Seeking Outside Assistance.

The Nature of Persisting Misbehavior.
When Outside Assistance Is Needed.
The Referral Process.
Working with Parents.
Case 10.1: “In Order to Drive, You Must Speak Spanish.”
Case 10.2: “Won't Be Much Help.”
Symptoms of Serious Problems.
Legal Aspects of Seeking Outside Assistance.




Part I: Have I Done All I Can to Prevent Misbehavior?

Chapter One: The Basics.
Chapter Two: Nature of the Discipline Problem.
Chapter Three: Understanding Why Children Misbehave.
Chapter Four: Philosophical Approaches to Classroom Management.
Chapter Five: The Professional Teacher.
Chapter Six: Structuring the Environment.


Part II: Am I Effectively Resolving Misbehavior?

Chapter Seven: Managing Common Misbehavior Problems: Nonverbal Intervention.
Chapter Eight: Managing Common Misbehavior Problems: Verbal Interventions and Use of Logical Consequences.
Chapter Nine: Classroom Interventions for Chronic Problems.
Chapter Ten: Seeking Outside Assistance.


Appendix B: General Guidelines for Working with Special Needs Students


Appendix C: Decisions and Tasks for Beginning the School Year