room is a safe place.Allow children to see you as their guide and ally as they learn to
develop friendships, manage emotions, and resolve problems. Transform your class-
room into the place you always imagined it could be.
I wish I could tell you that this journey is a simple one,but I can’t.Ifguiding young
children’s behavior were an easy procedure, principals’offices would not be hosting a
steady stream of children sent by teachers for being unmanageable. Parents, teachers,
and the court systems would not be pulling out their hair trying to figure it all out,and
you probably wouldn’t be picking up this book today. The truth is that there simply
isn’t a step-by-step method that fits all situations or all children.
The good news is that each of us has a wealth of life experiences and wisdom
within us.We can draw upon that knowledge to guide our thinking in effective ways to
help kids on the path to becoming responsible,happy,and productive citizens.
As you tap into your personal wisdom, you will find yourself validating many of
your current practices.Your effective strategies will become much clearer.At the same
time,you’ll start to understand why other strategies have not produced the results you
were seeking.You won’t find cookbook approach to “discipline”here.Instead,you will
gain new understandings and some fresh approaches to weave into the art of your
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