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The Tactical Teacher

Proven Strategies to Positively Influence Student Learning and Classroom Behavior

By: Dale Ripley

Positively influence the behavior of even your most challenging students. In The Tactical Teacher, author Dale Ripley shares a plethora of tactics, ranging from persuasive dialogue to environmental details, proven to improve classroom behavior and increase student learning.

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The Tactical Teacher

Positively influence the behavior of even your most challenging students. In The Tactical Teacher, author Dale Ripley shares a plethora of tactics, ranging from persuasive dialogue to environmental details, proven to improve students’ classroom behavior and increase learning. You’ll gain powerful, research-based strategies for addressing disruptions, developing productive student-teaching relationships, and motivating students to embrace learning like never before.

  • Understand how the experiences of ancient humans still impact student behavior.
  • Understand the difference between soft and hard tactics and how to use them effectively.
  • Forge positive relationships with even your most challenging or disruptive students.
  • Explore the ethics of using specific influence and persuasion strategies in the classroom.
  • Help students engage in learning through the tactics portrayed in each chapter.

Related Topics

Classroom Management & BehaviorInstructionStudent EngagementYouth at Risk


Additional Information

Product Code: BKG025, EKF587

ISBN: 9781952812590

Published By: Solution Tree

“I have taught a lot of challenging students in my career. I know for sure that if I had used the strategies described in this book with my one hundred toughest students, ninety-five of them would have been cooperative and successful learners in my classroom.”

Tara Crouter, Vice Principal, Kitaskinaw Education Authority, Alberta, Canada

“If only I had been aware of the strategies described in this book early on in my career, I may not have had ulcers that I named after a group of my more challenging students—the ones who caused them. The Tactical Teacher is an insightful and creative look at the artful psychology of teaching and what effectively influences these beings we call students.”

Robyn Shewchuk, Sessional Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, Canada

“As a teacher in a nonpublic special education school that specializes in students with behavioral issues, these are the tactics I use every single day. Dale Ripley effectively presents compelling research for every tactic that not only reinforced what I already believed to be true but inspired me to re-double my efforts in the future.”

Neil Wrona, Social Studies Teacher and Technology Facilitator, Baltimore, Maryland

“Dale Ripley’s book is a lifeline for thriving in even the most difficult teaching environments. By combining the disciplines of psychology and educational practice, he has written a comprehensive and easy-to-read synthesis that shows teachers how to build rapport and gain cooperation from even the most challenging students. I personally have seen these strategies in action, and I know they work well, and they work quickly. Any teacher, at any level, will benefit from this book.”

Garrick Burron; Science Teacher, PhD Candidate in Pedagogy, University of Toronto, Canada

The Tactical Teacher has many helpful and well-researched ideas for motivating and supporting student learning as well as good suggestions on how to create conditions that will enhance the relational dimension so core to good teaching. I appreciate the caution not to think that good outcomes can result without intentional and repetitive action as well as experimentation to see what works for each student.”

Heather Jamieson, Registered Psychologist, Alberta, Canada
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