This page is where I will list books and websites that have had an impact on my classroom management style. I will also list any files and tools that I believe to be useful in the classroom.
Fires in the Middle School Bathroom: Advice for Teachers from Middle Schoolers by Kathleen Cushman and Laura Rogers
This book really reminds you what it is like to be a student again, particularly a middle school student. It’s really a compilation of quotes from students about how they react to good and bad teachers and why they behave the way they do. It’s useful to know how students think and what their motivations are in the classroom.There is also a high school version too.
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
Although this doesn’t strictly have to do with classroom management, this is a classic. You’ve probably already read it. If you haven’t, you need to. It advocates teaching for social justice. Freire argues that the poor get screwed over by economic, political, and social powers that be. He says that by avoiding the traditional authoritarian classroom model, every child can develop confidence and a love of learning.
The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher by Harry and Rosemary Wong
If you only read one book about teaching, it should be this one. It offers practical, concrete advice on just about every facet of teaching there is. This should be on every teacher’s bookshelf.
Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them by Ross Greene
This book offers an interesting commentary the use of detention, suspension, and expulsion in our school system and offers a nice alternative.