About the Author
Dr. John Shindler is a Professor of Education at California State University, Los Angeles. He is the Director of the Alliance for the Study of School Climate (ASSC), and the creator of the top rated School Climate Assessment Instrument (SCAI) that is approved by the US DOE, and used by states, districts and schools internationally.
He is also the author of the books Transformative Classroom Management, and The Transformative Leader’s Guide to Moving their School Up the Growth Pathway and several articles related to school change, classroom assessment, and learning and teaching styles.
What Readers are Saying About TCM – Reviews and Endorsements
“As a teacher trainer, I would recommend this book as a “must have.” It could help teachers everywhere.”
“Great Book! I highly recommend this book for those schools trying to turn around.”
“TCM is the best available resource to support our RTI level 1 process.”
This book should be owned by all new teachers and even old teachers who need help with managing their classrooms in a positive way!
Teacher – Amazon Review – 5 star rating
Through psychological theories, this books provides strategic ways in helping teachers create student-centered classrooms. Although when I first began reading this for my graduate class in classroom management, I was skeptical that it was another book on theories with no practical applications for teachers to actually implement. However, this book provides specific techniques to use. As a teacher for over a decade, I would highly recommend this book for new teachers and experienced teachers alike. Even if you find that you incorporate many of the strategies already, the tone of the book also brings into focus why we all got into teaching in the first place.
Amazon Reader – Teacher 5 star rating
Transformative Classroom Management is a useful approach for teachers who want to create a more positive environment for their students and themselves. The author has studies that conclude his approach also improves achievement for students, as well as making management easier. I found it a very helpful approach, particularly the information about teacher language and the effects of praise and competition. I also appreciated the authors description of what people mean when they say something won't work in "the real world" and when others tell you they "tried that" and it didn't work.
Amazon Reader – Teacher – 5 star rating
Transformative Classroom Management is a wonderfully readable, thoroughly practical, and exquisitely useful resource. I have used the ideas from this book and found them to be empowering and clarifying points, leading to better classroom experiences.
As a person who is usually bored by books about education and frustrated by most textbooks, trust me when I tell you the writing in this book is clear, informative, and even humorous -- it has a human element that many textbooks lack. Moreover, the diagrams and, more surprisingly, reflection sections are insightful and useful. It is difficult to communicate my confidence in and enthusiasm for the resourcefulness of this book!
If you are currently teaching and want to improve your classroom management, but feel you are too busy to read several hundred pages, don't worry: you can refer to key chapters and immediately incorporate new insights into your approach. For this purpose, I recommend starting with "Promoting Clear and Shared Classroom Expectations" or "Developing Logical and Related Consequences Within the Social Contract." Otherwise, start at the beginning and read through or skip around as your interests and classroom culture require.
Eric New Teacher – Amazon review 5 star rating.