Classroom management has always posed a great challenge to teachers around the world. If you are in your first year teaching, this post is for you. In this post, I share the top 05 classroom management books to help you manage your class like a pro.
- Classroom Management That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Every Teacher by Robert. J. Marzano
- Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management by Dominique Smith
- Take Control of the Noisy Class: Chaos to Calm in 15 Seconds by Rob Plevin
- The Classroom Management Secret: And 45 Other Keys to a Well-Behaved Class by Michael Linsin
- Dream Class: How To Transform Any Group Of Students Into The Class You’ve Always Wanted by Michael Linsin
Book 01: Classroom Management That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Every Teacher
Following up on What Works in Schools, Robert Marzano in this book offers research-based actionable strategies for the teachers like you and me. Teachers can implement these strategies in their classrooms and up their classroom management game. We know how student behavior issues play a pivotal role in students’ academic growth and achievement, which if not timely addressed, undermine all your teaching efforts. If you want to apply some of these successful classroom management strategies that work, give it a read!
Book 02: Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management
In this book, the best-selling authors Dominique Smith, Douglas Fisher, and Nancy Frey highlight the value of nurturing an inviting, cooperative, and respectful classroom environment. The authors share anecdotes from teachers and how certain restorative strategies helped them solve the issues. The book talks about the merits of restorative practices and suggests practical ways to implement them. If you want a quick read and some great ideas to take the recommended positive approach, give it a read.
Book 03: Take Control of the Noisy Class: Chaos to Calm in 15 Seconds
In Take Control of the Noisy Class: Chaos to Calm in 15 Seconds Rob Plevin talks about the practical classroom management approach which is empowering, yet authoritative. An approach that allows you to set up a calm and consistent classroom management system. Not only will you learn from his own experiences with ‘challenging students’ but you will also learn ways to engage your students in your lessons by incorporating interesting activities. If I have to recommend just one classroom management book, it has to be this one!
Book 04: The Classroom Management Secret: And 45 Other Keys to a Well-Behaved Class
Ditching the famous reward system, Michael Linsin offers ways to help your students behave well and be the best class ever! Whether you are a novice teacher or a seasoned one in your twentieth year of teaching, this book has garnered excellent reviews from teachers all over the world.
Building on his blog, Smart Classroom Management, Michael Linsin offers simple, ready-to-implement classroom management strategies that make you feel like a great teacher.
Book 05: Dream Class: How To Transform Any Group Of Students Into The Class You’ve Always Wanted
Another one by Michael Linsin, Dream Class: How To Transform Any Group Of Students Into The Class You’ve Always Wanted may read too good to be true, but trust me… It surely offers some great ideas that are practical and will help you improve your classroom management skills. An excellent read on behavior management that equally applies well to teaching and parenting. This book answers some of the most commonly asked questions teachers often find difficult to answer, such as ‘How should I handle my students?” “How do I create that ‘pull factor’ in my classroom?” and “How do I know they will behave instead of me just hoping that they will?”
Anything by Michael Linsin is always useful. Click the link above and give it a read!
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You may also find interesting to read my other relevant blog Best Classroom Management Strategies To Help You Manage Your Class With Ease