Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management

October 4, 2019 - Comment

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

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.

Comments

Anonymous says:

I feel like I’m a better teacher already I loved this book! I honestly couldn’t put it down. With every turn and example, I kept thinking of moments in my teaching career that 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 practically approach and use it in my practice. 🙂

Anonymous says:

It is an excellent read for seasoned and new teachers alike and begs … Burn your clip stick! This book explains fully the merits of restorative practices and suggests practical ways to implement them at the classroom, school, and district levels. It is an excellent read for seasoned and new teachers alike and begs to reconsider the status quo in favor of more responsive behavior management procedures.

Anonymous says:

Slightly Disappointed I gave this 3 stars because it is difficult to get through some of the chapters. In my opinion, there’s a little too much information about what’s being in done classrooms that causes the issues. I got this book because I am looking for concrete ways to create a true classroom community through using restorative practices. I am already versed in what doesn’t work, so I wish this book did more to provide information on restorative practices.

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