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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!

 

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One of the best teaching books I've read (twice!) This book is very practical and encouraging. She doesn't sugar coat the challenges of teaching, and actually tells you HOW to implement her ideas in an actual classroom

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A MUST HAVE! This is the most helpful and useful book I have read on classroom management. From organization to teaching routines, I have implemented so many of the ideas and strategies in my classroom. I am so organized that after the first month of school, I find that I can leave school on time. Managing my class is so much easier using the techniques in this book.

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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. 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

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.
PLEASE NOTE: Photos in the print copies of the book are in black and white; the eBook has full-color images.

Free excerpts

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!”

Looking for free printables from the book?

All the forms referenced in the book have been compiled on one web page for easy reference! 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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eBook Edition

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