Written for classroom management and general methods courses, the Fourth Edition of Principles of Classroom Managementprovides a theoretically-based and practical system for helping teachers prevent disruptive behavior, influence appropriate behavior and continue to provide a positive learning environment for their students.This concise text presents an array of decision-making options that guide teachers in thinking about how to approach particular classroom management situations and choose from a range of options designed to prevent, cope with, and solve a range of problems. A variety of theoretical perspectives, each fleshed out with cases taken from actual classrooms, gives students many choices for handling issues that may arise in their classrooms. Emphasis on a teacher's influence on students stemming from his/her own teaching behavior. This illustrates the stated philosophy that the only person a teacher can control is him/herself. Discussion of cultural alienation and cultural sensitivity helps students understand the connection between cultural context, student behavior, and teacher behavior.Coverage of students' self-esteem allows teachers to better understand how students feel about themselves and how these feelings may be the cause of certain types of classroom behavior. Specific attention on relationship-building as an essential component of management and problem-solving gives teachers useful, concrete strategies for dealing with chronic problems. A current and practical overview of student-directed classrooms focuses on the nature of the democratic classrooms and how to create more productive learning environments. An Appendix, "Discipline Problem Analysis Inventory," helps readers understand the connection between cultural context, student behavior, and teacher behavior.