Control is Not a Four‐Letter Word!

Establishing Positive Classroom Behavior for the Year in the First Five Days

Sarah Clancy‐Ballard

Published 2017

Teachers provide today's youth with the tools to become a positive part of society. Whether they are successful or not determines the fate of our civilization. Unfortunately, teacher training does not completely prepare the individual for this crucial role.

All teachers need to:
> Know the student and their community
> Respect the student as a valuable individual
> Require respect from the student
> Model organization and preparedness in the classroom and require it from students
> Respect effort
> Reward Responsibility
> Expect success

The goal of this manual is to provide teachers with tools to quickly correct the negative situations in any teaching scenario. The manual is structured to allow each teacher to customize it to the needs of his or her own classroom.

A positive environment fosters the following outcomes:

For the Teachers:
> Confidence
> Control
> Success, academically and socially

For the students:
> Self‐confidence, socially and academically
> Discovery of positive communication methods
> Increased academic success

For administrators and college level instructors:
> Specific guidelines for setting up a class
> Positive behaviors for teachers to implement
> Increased student success

Introduction. How to Use This Manual. PART 1: First Impressions. PART 2: The Importance of Others. PART 3: Organizing and Utilizing the Written Word. PART 4: Time Is Not Your Friend. PART 5: Behavior. PART 6: Resources. From the Author.

"Control is Not a Four Letter Word provides an abundance of helpful information for everyone from the first-time teacher to the veteran teacher. After forty years of classroom experience, Sarah Clancy-Ballard bridges the gap between learning how to teach and establishing classroom authority. She believes a teacher sets the tone for the entire year in the first five days of a new school year (xii). The resonating theme of the text is that classroom control emerges from preparation and “the depth of commitment the teacher has to control the class” (xiii). The author examines the importance of first impressions, organizing and utilizing the written word, time management, and behavior management." Christina Sebastian New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in Reflective Teaching (Read full review)


 Front matter in pdf format (2.3 MB)