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"Ruth Charney gives teachers help on things that really matter. She wants children to learn how to care for themselves, their fellow students, their environment, and their work. Her book is loaded with practical wisdom. Using Charney's positive approach to classroom management will make the whole school day go better." - Nel Noddings, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University "Ruth Charney gives teachers help on things that really matter. She wants children to learn how to care for themselves, their fellow students, their environment, and their work. Her book is loaded with practical wisdom. Using Charney's positive approach to classroom management will make the whole school day go better." - Nel Noddings, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, and author of Caring This definitive work about classroom management will show teachers how to turn their vision of respectful, friendly, academically rigorous classrooms into reality. The new edition includes: More information on teaching middle-school students Additional strategies for helping children with challenging behavior Updated stories and examples from real classrooms. "Teaching Children to Care offers educators a practical guide to one of the most effective social and emotional learning programs I know of. The Responsive Classroom approach creates an ideal environment for learning—a pioneering program every teacher should know about." - Daniel Goleman, Author of Emotional Intelligence "I spent one whole summer reading Teaching Children to Care. It was like a rebirth for me. This book helped direct my professional development. After reading it, I had a path to follow. I now look forward to rereading this book each August to refresh and reinforce my ability to effectively manage a social curriculum in my classroom." - Gail Zimmerman, second-grade teacher, Jackson Mann Elementary School, Boston, MA


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"Ruth Charney gives teachers help on things that really matter. She wants children to learn how to care for themselves, their fellow students, their environment, and their work. Her book is loaded with practical wisdom. Using Charney's positive approach to classroom management will make the whole school day go better." - Nel Noddings, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University "Ruth Charney gives teachers help on things that really matter. She wants children to learn how to care for themselves, their fellow students, their environment, and their work. Her book is loaded with practical wisdom. Using Charney's positive approach to classroom management will make the whole school day go better." - Nel Noddings, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, and author of Caring This definitive work about classroom management will show teachers how to turn their vision of respectful, friendly, academically rigorous classrooms into reality. The new edition includes: More information on teaching middle-school students Additional strategies for helping children with challenging behavior Updated stories and examples from real classrooms. "Teaching Children to Care offers educators a practical guide to one of the most effective social and emotional learning programs I know of. The Responsive Classroom approach creates an ideal environment for learning—a pioneering program every teacher should know about." - Daniel Goleman, Author of Emotional Intelligence "I spent one whole summer reading Teaching Children to Care. It was like a rebirth for me. This book helped direct my professional development. After reading it, I had a path to follow. I now look forward to rereading this book each August to refresh and reinforce my ability to effectively manage a social curriculum in my classroom." - Gail Zimmerman, second-grade teacher, Jackson Mann Elementary School, Boston, MA

30 review for Teaching Children to Care: Classroom Management for Ethical and Academic Growth, K-8

  1. 5 out of 5

    Zach

    Not a book for people who mistake cynicism for insight, wisdom, or profound feeling. (You know who you are, don't you?) If you teach through your heart and would like to become even more effective, then this is the book for you. The Holy Grail to creating a responsive classroom (social and emotional learning). Ruth Charney fills this book with practical theory/philosophy backed by John Dewey & Erik Erikson (et al). She extrapolates the details with many concrete examples. If there's a book availabl Not a book for people who mistake cynicism for insight, wisdom, or profound feeling. (You know who you are, don't you?) If you teach through your heart and would like to become even more effective, then this is the book for you. The Holy Grail to creating a responsive classroom (social and emotional learning). Ruth Charney fills this book with practical theory/philosophy backed by John Dewey & Erik Erikson (et al). She extrapolates the details with many concrete examples. If there's a book available to slay the dragon that is apathy from taking up too much space in the hearts of our students (and ourselves), this is it. I'm sure there might be others, but I've yet to find them.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

    Teaching Children to Care: Management in the Responsive Classroom is a thorough and practical resource for helping teachers establish an ongoing curriculum in self control, social participation, and human development. Realistic, do-able techniques are offered for using logical consequences, problem-solving class meetings, and clear positives. This is not a book written by a professor outside of an actual classroom as many professional development books are. This author has been a teacher and und Teaching Children to Care: Management in the Responsive Classroom is a thorough and practical resource for helping teachers establish an ongoing curriculum in self control, social participation, and human development. Realistic, do-able techniques are offered for using logical consequences, problem-solving class meetings, and clear positives. This is not a book written by a professor outside of an actual classroom as many professional development books are. This author has been a teacher and understands the rigors and bumps of teaching. It truly helps me meet the needs of the whole child, and not just focus on the standards. It is probably one of the best book I have read on classroom management--EVER! Not only is it well-written, it is timeless, use-able, accessible and friendly. The author readily includes her own classroom successes and failures, which helps me to identify with her journey. She also give practical, ready to implement steps and routines. Is classroom managment difficult? YES! Is is do-able--YES YES YES if you follow the guidelines given here by Ms. Charney. If you're flustered, irritated and just feel like a grouch everyday in the classroom, I would HIGHLY recommend this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas

    This is the best book on classroom management for those interested in a student directed classroom. This is a how-to book on teaching that independence by a teacher who does it. Get beyond reward and punishment techniques and into self-directedness

  4. 4 out of 5

    Barb Middleton

    Ever seen that teacher who has developed a classroom community of students that is filled with an eagerness for learning and joy at being at school? Ever wonder how they do that? The book, Teaching children to Care: Classroom Management for Ethical and Academic Growth, K-8, by Ruth Sidney Charney, shows educators how they can do this in their classrooms. In order to build a community, educators need to use positive language and have a clear sense of classroom expectations and routines. Many exam Ever seen that teacher who has developed a classroom community of students that is filled with an eagerness for learning and joy at being at school? Ever wonder how they do that? The book, Teaching children to Care: Classroom Management for Ethical and Academic Growth, K-8, by Ruth Sidney Charney, shows educators how they can do this in their classrooms. In order to build a community, educators need to use positive language and have a clear sense of classroom expectations and routines. Many examples and scenerios that teachers have experienced with students fill the pages of the book making it easy-to-read and relate to by the reader. Examples of misbehaviors, how to deal with them, how to prevent them from escalating, and what to expect at certain ages are detailed throughout the chapters. Lesson ideas are suggested and helpful tips are sprinkled throughout the pages. While this book is written for the classroom teacher , it can be adapted by specialists to their area of expertise. Parents might find this book helpful with how to deal with misbehaviors. Let me know if you want to borrow my copy and I’ll lend it to you.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elmhogar

    Looks like Namazzi's teachers are already using many of the techniques from this book. Not sure it's working. Am reading this b/c of an incident that happened at the end of the year with a girl on the fringe who stood up for herself and was turned on by a 5th grade mob while a substitute teacher looked on agog. Namazzi says the sub's lack of authority created a dangerous power vacuum (paraphrasing) - I think as 11 year olds they should be able to see each other as a community already and resolve Looks like Namazzi's teachers are already using many of the techniques from this book. Not sure it's working. Am reading this b/c of an incident that happened at the end of the year with a girl on the fringe who stood up for herself and was turned on by a 5th grade mob while a substitute teacher looked on agog. Namazzi says the sub's lack of authority created a dangerous power vacuum (paraphrasing) - I think as 11 year olds they should be able to see each other as a community already and resolve problems themselves, or at least have some brave peacemakers/leaders among the students who speak up.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jan Zeiger

    I wish this were required reading for all pre-service teachers. I've used Charney's ideas since I began my teaching career in 1999. Her approach is VERY effective. If you're looking for an approach to discipline that is loving, proactive, and student-centered, you've found the right book. She takes the time to teach children how to be kind to teach other. She creates an environment that allows ALL the children to feel cared for and appreciated, and as a result, behavior problems are minimal. I wish this were required reading for all pre-service teachers. I've used Charney's ideas since I began my teaching career in 1999. Her approach is VERY effective. If you're looking for an approach to discipline that is loving, proactive, and student-centered, you've found the right book. She takes the time to teach children how to be kind to teach other. She creates an environment that allows ALL the children to feel cared for and appreciated, and as a result, behavior problems are minimal.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Charney has written the bible of how to build social learning into the curriculum of a school. Her text should be essential reading for any elementary school teacher. Teaching Children to Care is filled with the specifics of how to create structures to help children build the social skills they need to be successful in life. In addition, she uses lots of examples to give the structures a face.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    Absolutely wonderful thanks to my friend and colleague, Ula, for recommending I read this. It has been a constant companion by my bed, reminding me before I fall asleep, what it means to be caring, compassionate, and how to achieve this with consistency and love. Now going to buy my own copy to keep with my Gideon's. Absolutely wonderful thanks to my friend and colleague, Ula, for recommending I read this. It has been a constant companion by my bed, reminding me before I fall asleep, what it means to be caring, compassionate, and how to achieve this with consistency and love. Now going to buy my own copy to keep with my Gideon's.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Danette

    I read this for my Classroom Management class and I loved it. I really believe in the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching and learning and this book is one of the foundation books for the theory of Responsive Classroom.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    Here's a book every teacher, new or seasoned, should read. It offers a perspective on teaching and managing the classroom that is refreshingly open minded. It shows a democratic classroom in action as students learn to care for each other, their classroom and their learning. Here's a book every teacher, new or seasoned, should read. It offers a perspective on teaching and managing the classroom that is refreshingly open minded. It shows a democratic classroom in action as students learn to care for each other, their classroom and their learning.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I re-read this every summer to gear up for the new school year. It is fabulous and indispensable. Reminders for new and old teachers on creating a community with children, helping them treat each other kindly and helping them behave appropriately, managing materials, etc.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    A must-read every summer!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Heather Wilson

    Great ideas to help build classroom unity and commmunity.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    I read this book for my college education class and have been hooked ever since. The ideas are practical for the classroom and make sense. It's just good teaching practice! I read this book for my college education class and have been hooked ever since. The ideas are practical for the classroom and make sense. It's just good teaching practice!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    A great book on positive discipline and classroom management. I think this book would be especially helpful for upper-elementary teachers, but early primary teachers can learn a lot from it too.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Klyon

    Absolutely fantastic book. Worhtwhile activites and structures to implement in the classroom.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Essential book to read for elementary classroom management.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    This was another required reading for one of my college courses, but it did not feel like the typical text book. In fact, I enjoyed this book a ton! I use this book as a resource for other classes.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Many great ideas for the classroom teacher and parents alike

  20. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    Awesome ideas for classroom management and character education. The ideas in this book really changed how I approached management.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bridget Sullivan

  23. 4 out of 5

    Donna

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jacqui Paglialonga

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katie

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laura Lit Lab

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elissa

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karen Wetteland

  30. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Chavez Valencia

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