Positive Classroom Instruction

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The primary focus of Positive Classroom Instruction is the building of independent learning. Sections dealing with instruction and motivation have been updated in Tools for Teaching and integrated with the management of classroom discipline. As with Positive Classroom Discipline, Positive Classroom Instruction goes beyond the classroom to deal with school site issues. In particular, Positive Classroom Instruction applies the lessons of classroom teaching to staff development in order to bring teachers and administrators together in a team dedicated to excellence.

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This book deals with the basic building block of the entire educational enterprise – a single lesson well taught. It is the companion volume to Positive Classroom Discipline. Together they comprise a two-volume treatment of the highly interrelated skills of successful classroom management. While Positive Classroom Discipline focuses on the production of the time on task and student cooperation within a positive classroom atmosphere, Positive Classroom Instruction focuses on enhancing the students’ rate of learning and their desire to learn. Indeed, these two volumes represent a fusion of the three component topics of classroom management: discipline, instruction, and motivation.

Positive Classroom Instruction begins with an analysis of the subtleties of the classroom social system that profoundly yet invisibly link instructional practice with discipline management. The book then moves to an area of instructional methodology that is a massive blind spot in the teaching of a typical lesson. That topic is the precise means by which one gives corrective feedback to a student who is stuck. Although appearing totally innocuous and common-sensical, the giving of corrective feedback in the traditional fashion is the indirect cause of almost all the problems of discipline, helplessness, chronic failure, and low self-concept in most classrooms.

The topic of corrective feedback then leads to issues of lesson design and lesson presentation that are crucial to producing independent learning in students. The last topic to be dealt with is quality control – the systematic production of diligence and excellence in any place of work. This fresh look at student motivation clarifies the teacher’s options and actions and empowers them to produce learning where they might otherwise feel blocked.

The final section of Positive Classroom Instruction details explicitly with teacher training and staff development. All the fundamentals of instruction that apply to students in the classroom apply to teachers within the context of teacher training. Consequently, the major part of Positive Classroom Instruction, while being a guide to effective classroom practice, is also a guide to effective teacher training.

Positive Classroom Instruction, therefore, is not only for teachers, but also for administrators, educational planners, staff development specialists, and legislators. Along with Positive Classroom Discipline, it makes the complex and often baffling job of classroom management understandable and doable.

About the Author:

Dr. Jones was trained as a clinical psychologist and studied the socialization of children while serving on the faculties of both UCLA and the University of Rochester. In addition to training graduate students to do family therapy, Dr. Jones worked extensively in educational settings to help students with severe emotional and behavioral problems. Dr. Jones spent the past three decades working in classrooms to discover how exceptional teachers produce happy and productive classrooms no matter what students they are given. This work resulted in a revolutionary system of classroom management described in Dr. Jones' first two books, Positive Classroom Discipline and Positive Classroom Instruction. Dr. Jones most recent book, Tools for Teaching, offers an updated description of classroom management enriched by two decades of teacher training.

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