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You Can't Make Me!

You Can't Make Me!
From Chaos to Cooperation in the Elementary Classroom

September 2006 | 320 pages | Corwin
How do you handle defiant, disruptive students?

A teacher's most challenging problem is the student who is frequently defiant and disruptive. These students create problems for themselves and for the classroom as a whole. In this teacher-friendly guide, Sylvia Rockwell uses her considerable experience to show you how to select and implement the most effective behavioural interventions to address the needs of these problem students while maintaining a cooperative classroom environment.

This book integrates compelling, real-life teaching anecdotes with descriptions of research-based strategies to help students learn appropriate behaviour, both those with emotional/behaviour disorders (EBD) or other disabilities as well as those with other behavioural difficulties.

Special and mainstream education teachers as well as administrators at the elementary level will find this book a vivid, powerful tool to help intervene effectively when behavior problems occur. Educators will find discussions on how to:

• Identify typical and atypical development

• Understand group development, including stages, roles, and strategies

• Manage class-wide behaviour, addressing conditions, consequences, and curriculum

• Understand the behaviour-achievement connection, with specifics on unit and lesson planning

• Manage aggression and conflict

• Develop resilience in students, teachers, and parents

This valuable resource also provides classroom-ready materials and other photocopiables, including a unique parent supplement to help parents understand your classroom strategies, work on behaviour problems at home, and communicate effectively with school personnel.

List of Figures
About the Author
1. Foundations and Frameworks

Foundational Principles

Theoretical Approaches to Behavior Management

A Rationale for Integrating the Theoretical Approaches


2. Typical and Atypical Development

Typical Development

Atypical Development



3. Group Development

Group Formation: Characteristics and Processes

Stages of Group Development

Roles That Students Play

Roles That Teachers Play

The Pecking Order

Strategies for Building Community


4. Classwide Behavior Management





5. The Behavior-Achievement Connections

Learners Who Are at Risk

A Strategy Selection Framework

A Multifaceted Approach in Action

The Role of Assessment

Reading Instruction

Algebraic Thinking

Unit Planning

Elements That Facilitate Learning for Students Who Are at Risk


Chapter 6. Managing the "You Can't Make Me!" Moments

Four Components of Behavior

The Anatomy of a Conflict

Stages of Aggression

Prevention and Early Intervention

Passive Aggressive Behavior

Learned Behavior Versus Manifestations of Mental Illness


Chapter 7. Special Case Interventions
A Note to General Education Teachers


The Process



Behavior Reduction Techniques

Additional Interventios and Resources

Methods for Intregrating Individual Plans With the Group Plan

The Ethics of Intervention Selection and Implementation


8. Resilience

Research on Resilience

Facilitating Resilience in Schools

Ryan's Story

A Professional Response to Difficult Parents

A Rationale for Strengthening Elementary Programs for Children With Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Facilitating Educators' Resilience

Characteristics of Effective Behavior Managers


Appendix A: Forms
Appendix B: Notes to Parents

"A valuable resource helping teachers solve the classroom problems caused by disruptive behavior. Special and general education teachers as well as administrators at the elementary level will find the book a powerful tool to help intervene effectively when behavior problems occur.", November 2006

"Blends real-life teaching anecdotes with surveys of research-based strategies to help students learn appropriate behavior. A 'must' for any teacher seeking to modify a difficult child's behavior patterns."

California Bookwatch, April 2007

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Ch. 1: Foundations and Frameworks

Sylvia Rockwell

Sylvia Rockwell is an internationally recognized educator with more than 30 years of experience in a variety of educational settings, including self-contained general and special education classrooms, resource programs, inclusion settings, special day school programs, and a therapeutic educational wilderness program. She has taught all grade levels from first grade through graduate school. She earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education at the University of West Florida. Her master's degree and PhD were earned at the University of South Florida, where she was inducted into Pi Kappa Pi. She is a former teacher of the year for... More About Author

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