|About the Book|
Your school faces a daunting challenge today: How to educate students in an atmosphere where in-your-face behavior, weapons, gangs, and violence are all-too-real threats.To create a safe and effective school, administrators and teachers need toMoreYour school faces a daunting challenge today: How to educate students in an atmosphere where in-your-face behavior, weapons, gangs, and violence are all-too-real threats.To create a safe and effective school, administrators and teachers need to know how to do far more than just prevent weapons from being carried into schools. A truly safe school is one where students know what is expected of them and are responsible for their own behavior, where good relationships exist among students and teachers, and where teaching and learning take place in the classroom and beyond.Since 1979, the Boys Towr. Education Model has been implemented in more than 260 urban, suburban, and rural school districts. The Model has helped educators promote and maintain positive learning environments while effectively responding to and decreasing problem behavior. Schools report substantial reductions in office referrals and physical aggression suspensions.Safe and Effective Secondary Schools presents these same Boys Town Education Model techniques for any teacher or administrator to use to build a better school environment and help all students, including those who are troubled or troublesome.The book presents useful information on types and levels of aggression, how conflicts escalate, early warning signs of violence, and characteristics of a safe school. Techniques are outlined that show you how to:-- Calm an angry or aggressive youth.-- Help students learn self-control strategies. Proactively teach youth how to prevent problems.-- Help kids when they make mistakes by teaching skills-that address academic and behavior deficits.-- Step in, defuse, and settle disputes when theyoccur.-- Forge strong relationships with students by using praise, empathy, humor, and other positive approaches.-- Make sure hallways, cafeterias, and grounds are as safe as classrooms by tuning in to students, setting low tolerance levels, and using consistent discipline.-- Help students learn to solve problems and set goals.Safe and Effective Secondary Schools can help your school be a place where respect, cooperation, and learning flourish for students and staff.