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The Educator's Guide to Solving Common Behavior Problems

This readable, humorous book presents the research-supported principles of positive behavioural management in a way that will appeal to teachers, school leaders, and other professionals who work with children and adolescents. The author presents key behaviour management strategies with references to literature, music, and popular culture that illustrate the humour in behavioural issues while providing an overview of the foundations of effective behaviour management. Each short chapter discusses a basic behavioural strategy or principle by using anecdotes and analogies and drawing parallels to real-life situations.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments About the Author 1. Introduction 2. Asking the Right Questions 3. Just Say "Yo" 4. Have a Plan 5. The Importance of Bonding 6. If You Don't Beat Them, They Will Never Learn 7. Meeting Developmental Needs 8. Move Those Buns! 9. The Anxiety Trap 10. Find the Function 11. Don't Be an Old Yeller 12. Let Them Eat Cake--It Reinforces Their Behavior 13. Nurturing 14. Bag It, but Don't Tag It 15. You Say "Tomato," I Say "Abnormal" 16. Positive Power of the Group 17. Moving Past Misbehavior 18. Challenges for Children Today 19. Using Finesse 20. The Inevitable Attack 21. Calling for Help 22. Conclusion: Every Therapy Has a Success Story Index

About the Author

Raymond J. Waller is an associate professor of special education at Piedmont College/Athens and is on the faculty at the University of Georgia in the School of Social Work. He is an active school consultant in the areas of student behavior problems and child and adolescent mental health issues.


"Waller has written a wonderfully engaging book for teachers on how to influence child behavior using non-punitive and supportive ways. This book is thoroughly grounded in contemporary learning theory and infused with a twinkling sense of humor." -- Bruce A. Thyer, Professor of Social Work "Waller's book will be useful for everyone who works with children: parents, school administrators, social workers, psychologists, and teachers. Waller approaches this topic in a readable style that makes the evidence-based content easily accessible. The book is well-organized and based on a bedrock of solid knowledge informed by practical experience." -- Carol Rippey Massat, Editor, School Social Work Journal "A book like Waller's is needed to enlighten public school educators on the myriad of behavioral problems facing classroom teachers. This book is informative, practical, and sensible regarding the teacher-student relationship." -- George J. Banketas, Director "This book reminds anyone who works with children that paying close attention to what is good and funny about children will go a long way in teaching them how to pay close attention to what is good and funny about learning and life." -- Susan Mortweet VanScoyoc, Behavioral Psychologist "Anyone who works with children can use these powerful ideas and practical strategies laced with humor and wit. In clear, simple language, Waller presents approaches that increase the odds of solving behavior problems." -- Lois Zangara, Principal

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