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Effective Classroom Management Strategies

Gregory S. Jones
University of St. Thomas

Dr. Theresa M. Campos

EDUC 6331 Administrative Internship II
Spring, 2015

Education is a profession like no other. It is a fast-paced career field, marked by continuous
change that is shaped by experts and professional theorists. It seems that every time a new
perspective arises for any topic, it results in a new study for the sole purpose of selling a book.
The latest ideas or theories, however, are not always accurate. Too much attention is given to
lofty language, educational jargon, and endless statistics that serve merely to promote the
appearance of superiority. The book, Tools for Teaching, however, is not one these frivolous
publications. Due to its simplistic managerial approach, interesting perspectives, entertaining
scenarios, and effective strategies for the modern classroom, Tools for Teaching serves as a
fantastic guide for administrators and teachers of all grade levels.
This book contains very effective teaching strategies because it simply applies the basics of
management theory to the classroom. The purpose of management in the business world is to
maximize the outputs of time and resources. Tools for Teaching converts traditional classroom
strategies into an actual classroom management system, oriented towards academic results.
Academic achievement is attained in the classroom through a process of instructional inputs,
processes, outputs, and valid feedback. Administrators and teachers are taught to maximize time,
the most valuable commodity in the classroom, by implementing measures that prevent off-task
student behavior, rather than maintaining the standard reactionary methods that cause delays
(Jones, 2007).
Simple instructional methods are also emphasized in Tools for Teaching. The teaching
methods featured in this book are those of the natural classroom teacher. Instructional leaders
who speak effectively and succinctly witness the greatest results from student effort. There are
no complex models or psychological approaches. Ideal teachers are portrayed as possessing the

innate ability to effortlessly manage classrooms. Teachers of this magnitude attain the best
results, but cannot logically explain their methods (Jones, 2007).
Educators will find this book interesting for a variety of reasons. First of all, Fred Jones
offers an effective instructional model through the use of humor. He presents unique scenarios
and creative student profiles in ways that entertain as well as instruct. Portrayals of student
mannerisms and thought patterns prompt exuberant laughter. His examples inspire readers by
exhibiting themes that are common to every American classroom. Next, effective strategies are
given for maximizing the physical space in the classroom. Classroom management is facilitated
through creative seating arrangements. The traditional patterns of seating students in rows are
shown to be very limiting, in contrast to alternate seating configurations that allow teachers
freedom of mobility that allow them to engage the greatest numbers of students. Finally,
interesting methods are presented for creating independent learners. Teachers are taught how to
eliminate excessive instruction for needy students, as well as strategies for implementing visual
models for content presentation. Innovative instructional plans are also offered for enhancing
student performance to include Say, See, Do teaching and Praise Prompt, Leave instruction
(Jones, 2007).
Overall, Tools for Teaching proves to be an extremely effective, beneficial source of
instructional information for managing the modern classroom. Administrators who implement
the instructional leadership practices contained in this book will increase student expectations by
fostering motivation and accountability for student performance. Classroom routines will
become an essential part of productive teaching, and all teachers will substantially increase their
classroom management skills through a heightened understanding of student behaviors and
perspectives. After reading Tools for Teaching, all educational professionals will produce

responsible student behavior through more cooperative, time-saving efforts. Ultimately, Tools
for Teaching will enable both administrators and teachers to facilitate dynamic classroom

Jones, F. H., Jones, P., & Jones, J. L. T. (2000). Tools for teaching: Discipline, instruction,
motivation. Santa Cruz, Calif: F.H. Jones & Associates.