"You may be able to design creative, compelling lessons. But if your classroom is chaotic or its inhabitants are disrespectful, YOUR STUDENTS will not be learning well. And YOU will be anywhere from dissatisfied to miserable! Kim Campbell knows the ins and outs of classroom management. She’s a real, live, practicing middle school teacher with a great gift of humor, a straight-talking approach, and a parade of 12- to 15-year old culturally mixed students to keep her honest. This is her story of what works, what doesn’t, and what she’s learned from her students, parents, and colleagues. In the manner of a teacher having a chat with another teacher, Kim shares strategies, stories, and ideas for how to • Stop creating behavior and management problems yourself • Build the RELATIONSHIPS that are the foundation of an effective classroom • Give R.E.S.P.E.C.T. and teach students to do the same • Set and teach behavioral and academic expectations • Set consequences and FOLLOW THROUGH on them • Avoid lots of problems by talking straight to students • Respond to discipline needs that differ by gender and ethnicity • Minimize management problems by ENGAGING students in learning • Keep growing as a manager—with some practice scenarios"