The Cornerstone Book
How can The Cornerstone help YOU?
Do you constantly repeat instructions? Are you fighting a never-ending paper battle? Strong classroom management is the cornerstone of effective teaching, and this book will help lay the foundation for everything you want to accomplish professionally:
* Turn needy, disorganized children into self-reliant, responsible students
* Develop and teach ANY classroom procedure
* Train the class to follow along, stay on-task, and work together
* Use fun teaching techniques that help you assess student learning
* Eliminate homework hassles and parent miscommunications
* Prevent burnout by enjoying and growing with students
* Construct a self-running classroom that frees you to teach
Using actual classroom photographs, forms, and dialogue examples, The Cornerstone will show you how to design instructional routines that facilitate learning. It will guide you through each step of communicating and reinforcing your expectations. Learn how to create a vision for your classroom and TEACH for it!
The Cornerstone format
The Cornerstone is a comprehensive guide with 500 pages of resources that will help you make this school year the very best possible, whether it’s your first or your thirty-first. It will guide you to reflect on why you teach, what type of students you want to produce, and ways to run your classroom that fit well with your personal teaching style…all within the context of planning for specific procedures and routines. From the first minute you spend with your students in August to the final hectic week in June, this book will show you how to stay focused on what’s really important, maintain your enthusiasm, and utilize all the resources you have available. The Cornerstone is formatted to:
- include classroom forms and sample versions of reproducibles
- provide space in the margin for notes
- separate detailed information into small, easy-to-digest sections so you can easily skim or skip to the parts you need most
- utilize nearly 200 photographs to illustrate organizational tips, room arrangement ideas, and instructional resources
- expand on website ideas (approximately 70% of the book’s content is NOT available on the website)
- cross-reference with the website, where you’ll find recommended resources and regularly updated supplements
NOTE: The Cornerstone is geared toward elementary teachers of grades K-6, but is frequently purchased by both early childhood educators and middle/high school teachers. The book is used by special educators, substitute teachers, and those working in classrooms across every continent. The vast majority of content is adaptable for a wide range of teaching situations. To get a feel for whether the book is relevant for you, check out the Table of Contents.
Photos in the print copies of the book are in black and white; the eBook has full-color images.
Download the eBook
The eBook can be read on your computer or mobile device. Here are the advantages of purchasing an eBook:
* No wait for shipping: you will receive an immediate email link with download instructions
* Read on your computer, smartphone, eReader, or other mobile device
* Enjoy the ability to print copies of book’s PDF pages for your personal use
* Utilize a search function to quickly find information you need in the text
* Skip around the document easily with a clickable table of contents
An eBook download is $14.99, and can be paid securely with credit card or eCheck through PayPal. Files will be delivered to you automatically after payment through eJunkie, an eBook delivery service.
There are several different formats of the eBook you can choose from. The regular eBook version is a PDF document that views properly on most mobile devices, and you can read it on any Mac or PC computer using Preview, Adobe Reader, Adobe Digital Editions, etc. This PDF version comes with EVERY eBook download. For no extra cost, you can can also get a download of a MOBI version of the eBook (designed for Kindle and the Kindle app) OR an ePub version (designed for most other eReaders and apps, including Nook.)
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Where to Buy a Print Copy
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NOTE: Occasionally the book will show as “temporarily out of stock” on Amazon. If so, check to see if there is availability here: you can buy directly from me as the author and still get free Amazon Prime shipping.
Additionally, all major booksellers (such as Barnes and Noble) have added The Cornerstone to their inventories. If you prefer to purchase in-store and no copies are in stock, order a copy at the customer service desk and the store will notify you when it arrives.
The Cornerstone is an expansion of the ideas presented on my website, and provides a tangible, more comprehensive resource for teachers to keep and reference in the classroom. Take a look at the Table of Contents to see what you’ll learn.
Here’s a sample called “How to Teach ANY Procedure”. In just this single chapter (15 pages!), you’ll learn:
-The importance of ongoing (distributed) procedure practice
-How to form precise expectations and figure out exactly what you want
-What not to do (how to phrase your expectations so kids will successfully meet them)
-Why you should be cautious about misusing the term ‘we’
-How to use a variety of signals to facilitate routines
-The art of replacing nagging and criticism with performance feedback
-The 8 steps for teaching ANY procedure you want kids to follow
-How to play the Procedure Review Game as a FUN reminder for kids
-The key to revising your criteria without confusing kids or seeming incompetent
-What to do when kids don’t meet your expectations (repeat the practice, not the command)
-The power of “Go back and try it again” (and how to get kids to do it without attitude!)
-Ways to accommodate special needs children
-How to avoid a slow descent into laziness and sloppily-done procedures
-Ideas for logical rewards and appropriate incentives that foster intrinsic motivation
Free PDF download of Chapter 9 “How to Teach ANY Procedure!”
(You will need Acrobat Reader 8 or higher for proper viewing.)
You can also search inside the book and read additional excerpts at Amazon.com.
Looking for Free Printables from the Book?
All the forms referenced in the book have been compiled on one web page for easy reference! Instead of making photocopies of the versions in the book, you can simply download the forms you like in Microsoft Word format and quickly make modifications to fit your own preferences. You’ll also find a cross-reference that organizes all the resources on this website by chapter so you don’t have to search around for what you need. To access the printables, login to the password-protected page here. Your password is the last word in the book (on the Afterword page).
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The Cornerstone: Classroom Management That Makes Teaching More Effective, Efficient, and Enjoyable by Angela Powell. (ISBN# 978-0982312704). Originally published July 2008 with Xulon Press; re-released with Due Season Press in May 2009 (no content changes or revisions). List price US $34.99. 500 pages, 8.5 x 11. 2.4 pounds. Available in paperback, eBook, and Amazon Kindle editions.
About the book’s re-release
The Cornerstone was originally published in July 2008 with Xulon Press using the ISBN 978-1606473672. It was re-released under the author’s own publishing company, Due Season Press, with an official publication date of May 1, 2009. No changes or revisions were made to the book’s content: only the publisher’s logo, copyright date, and ISBN have been altered. Additional information about the decision to re-release can be found in this blog post by the author.
About the publisher
Due Season Press and Educational Services is an independent publisher providing online and in-person professional development correlated with educational books.
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