Guiding Children’s Behavior

Eileen S. Flicker (Author), Janet Andron Hoffman (Author), Leslie R. Williams (Series Editor)

128 pages • P/B • 215mm x 280mm
ISBN 9780807747131

Guiding Children?s Behavior is a comprehensive guide to classroom management. It is also the only book to emphasize observation as the best way to determine developmentally appropriate interventions. By following a process for observing children, educators will learn how to see beyond children’s manifest behavior to focus on their motivation, needs, and interests. Featuring a series of chapters organized by age, from birth through elementary school, this book:

  • Helps teachers to individualize discipline practices, including ways to use the curriculum to prevent and manage challenging behaviour.
  • Offers supportive vignettes and a menu of developmentally appropriate strategies that teachers can choose from.
  • Questions the effectiveness of frequently used discipline methodologies, such as time-outs and coerced apologies.
  • Includes a training module to help teachers, administrators, and parents to work together to create more consistency between home and school.
  • Provides useful forms to keep track of peer interactions, teacher and student self-reflections, parent observations, teacher disciplinary practices, bullying, and more.


Historical Perspectives
Current Trends
Social Changes
Goals of Developmental Discipline
Overview of this Book

Chapter 1:What is Developmental Discipline? Observation – The Key to Understanding Behaviour:  Theoretical Foundations, The Distracted Child, Unkind Behaviour, Factors Leading to Misbehaviour, The Unprepared Child, Summary

Chapter 2: The Relationship Between Discipline and Curriculum: Curriculum Defined, The Physical Environment, Observation, Transitions, Class and Community Meetings, Contracts, Home-school Connections , Conclusion

Chapter 3: Building Observational Skills: The Observation Process, Observational Method, Observational Errors, Supervisory Issues, Self-Assessment, Conclusion

Chapter 4: Challenges in the First Three Years: Routines, The Child Who Bites, Tantrums, Sharing and Turn-Taking, Sleeping Issues, Typical and Atypical Behaviour, Conclusion

Chapter 5: The Preschooler and Kindergartner: Beginning School, Selective Mutism, Over Programming, Preschool Aggression, Dysfunctional Families, Heart Start Principles, Conclusion

Chapter 6: School-ager Issues: Homework Battles, Atypical Social Skills, Anxiety and Depression in Children, Racial Issues, Gifted Children, Conclusion

Chapter 7: Commonly Used Disciplinary Practices: How Effective Are They?, Teacher Interventions, Time out, Bullies & Bullying, Disruptions, Coerced Apologies, Conclusion

Chapter 8: Pulling it all Together: Training Faculty, Teacher Characteristics, Reaching out to Families, Conclusion.

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Additional information

Weight 20.0000 g
Dimensions 215 × 280 mm


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