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Classroom Management Matters

The Social--Emotional Learning Approach Children Deserve

By Gianna Cassetta, Brook Sawyer
Foreword by Carmen Farina

Whether you are starting the school year or you want to reset your learning community, Classroom Management Matters presents a strategy for classroom managemenr that reduces behavioral issues by explicitely teaching children how to be successful learners and accountable classroom members.

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"We can do better, but expectation alone is not enough. We need answers and examples like the ones Gianna and Brook provide with great insight from research and practice and great compassion for teachers and students. My hope is that this book will become a touchstone for all of us."
—Carmen Fariña, Chancellor of New York City Schools

“Positive, supportive relationships with children help them develop socially and emotionally and help you to effectively manage your classroom,” writes Gianna Cassetta. She shows you an approach to creating that environment that can actually be planned for, taught, and supported from the first day of school—or anytime you want to reset your classroom community.

Gianna has been a teacher and leader, and the classroom management strategy she shares in Classroom Management Matters shifts you away from professionally draining rewards-and-consequences systems that threaten children rather than connect with them. Instead of tips and techniques Gianna presents a plan for explicitly teaching children how to be effective learners and accountable members of the classroom. You’ll quickly learn to:

  • know your students better and understand the causes of individuals’ misbehavior
  • assess children’s development along a provided social–emotional continuum—just like any other skill you teach
  • teach these self-management skills to support a positive classroom and academic growth
  • set and maintain boundaries with students
  • respond to disruption with effective teaching language.

With reflection questions, classroom examples, and summaries of supporting studies from researcher Brook Sawyer, Classroom Management Matters helps you be a learning leader in the classroom instead of an authority. “I’ll show you detailed strategies that prevent and minimize your difficulties with students,” writes Gianna, “so you can focus on constructive action that will have a lasting, positive impact.”

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Introduction: When Things Don’t Feel Quite Right, We Can Do Better

“His Behavior Is No Longer Our Problem”

What Troubles Me About My Classroom Management?

1. Who Am I? Who Are My Students?

2. What Do I Want for My Students?

3. How Do I Set Boundaries and Teach Expectations?

4. Why Do Children Misbehave and How Should I Respond?

5. How Can Instruction Help Students Practice and Reflect on Behavior?

Conclusion: Defining Responsibility


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"In this powerful book, the authors not only explain why and how students’ identities and experiences matter a great deal, but just as more important, they provide numerous examples of how teachers can go about changing their behaviors and practices to better serve the increasingly diverse students in U.S. classrooms and schools."
—Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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Email if you would like to contact Gianna Cassetta directly about professional development support.

Email if you would like to contact Brook Sawyer directly about professional development support.