By: Dominique Smith, Douglas Fisher, and Nancy Frey

Creating a classroom environment that focuses on behaving a certain way through the movement up or down on a clip chart or color chart is not developmentally appropriate. When many educators hear this they ask, “well then what can I do?” because clip charts are often the go to. Better Than Carrots and Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management provides that guidance. From the examples provided, to the reasoning behind behavior (from a brain perspective), to actionable next steps, this is a great book to read as a staff or individually as a way to fully embrace developmentally appropriate practices focused on addressing challenging behaviors in the classroom.

As stated by another reviewer on Amazon, “Burn your clip stick!” This book provides the benefits of restorative practices, which provides guidance on repairing relationships focused on social emotional concepts. Regardless if you are a new teacher or a veteran teacher, this book will provide information to transform classrooms.

Reviewed By: Anni Reinking