Vito Prosciutto: Teaching community college math on the road to a PhD.

Sunday, November 09, 2003

Building Classroom Discipline 

This is the first in a series of posts on C. M. Charles' Building Classroom Discipline. This is not a book for deciding the specifics of your classroom discipline plan, but rather is focused on providing a high-level overview of a number of different authors' takes on classroom discipline. At $49 it's a bit steeply priced although Amazon has some used copies for as little as $25 and the previous edition for only $12.50.

The bulk of the book is a set of chapters on each of a number of different classroom discipline systems:

The book opens with some interesting background in psychology and history of classroom discipline. My own orientation in psychological thought tends to be a mix of behavioralism and cognitive psych. I mention this primarily because as I talk about each of the above chapters, it's worth revealing where my own biases lie (and knowing that I'm a math teacher may be inadequate towards that end).

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