Motivational Interviewing for Effective Classroom Management

The Classroom Check-Up

Wendy M. Reinke, Keith C. Herman, and Randy Sprick

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Highly accessible and user-friendly, this book focuses on helping K–12 teachers increase their use of classroom management strategies that work. It addresses motivational aspects of teacher consultation that are essential, yet often overlooked. The Classroom Check-Up is a step-by-step model for assessing teachers' organizational, instructional, and behavior management practices; helping them develop a menu of intervention options; and overcoming obstacles to change. Easy-to-learn motivational interviewing techniques are embedded throughout. In a large-size format with lay-flat binding to facilitate photocopying, the book includes 20 reproducible forms, checklists, and templates.

This title is part of The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series, edited by T. Chris Riley-Tillman.

“Assisting teachers with classroom management while respecting their professionalism is an important challenge. If you're a school consultant or coach interested in classroom management, you need this practical book.”

—Jim Knight, PhD, Center for Research on Learning, University of Kansas

“This informative book provides an excellent solution to a very common challenge facing classroom consultants—how to persuade teachers to implement research-based strategies to facilitate behavior change. The Classroom Check-Up incorporates much of what we know about good consultation and good teaching into a concise and straightforward method of implementation. The interview examples, checklists, and observation forms are especially helpful. This book can be used by school psychologists, teachers, and other classroom consultants who regularly work with school staff on classroom management and behavior concerns. I recommend this book for graduate-level classes in consultation and collaboration techniques. Students will benefit from its practical advice on how to be effective interviewers and consultants, as well as its research-based strategies for effective classroom management and instruction.”

—Brian C. McKevitt, PhD, School Psychology Program, University of Nebraska at Omaha

“This book provides a great blend of strong research foundations; practical, hands-on applications; and vibrant examples. It addresses both assessment and intervention in a critical context. The book will be extremely useful for consultants and school administrators.”

—Sylvie Naar, PhD, Director, Division of Behavioral Sciences, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Services, Wayne State University

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Classroom Check-Up

2. Effective Classroom Behavior Management: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

3. Ingredients of Effective Consultation

4. Motivational Interviewing Applied to Teacher Consultation

5. The Classroom Check-Up Classwide Consultation Model

6. Interview and Assessment

7. Feedback and Beyond

8. Developing Effective Strategies for Classroom Change

9. Other Applications and Future Directions


Appendix A. Motivational Interviewing Form

Appendix B. Classroom Check-Up Interview and Observation Forms

Appendix C. Classroom Check-Up Feedback and Action Planning Forms

Appendix D. Intervention Planning Forms

About the Authors

Wendy M. Reinke, PhD, is Assistant Professor in School Psychology at the University of Missouri and Co-Director of the Missouri Prevention Center. She developed the Classroom Check-Up, an assessment-based classwide teacher consultation model. Her research focuses on the prevention of disruptive behavior problems in children and on increasing school-based implementation of evidence-based practices. Dr. Reinke presents nationally, has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, and is coauthor of one previous book.

Keith C. Herman, PhD, is Associate Professor in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri and Co-Director of the Missouri Prevention Center. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), an international group of MI experts. Dr. Herman presents nationally and has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. Much of his work focuses on applying MI in working with teachers and families to promote effective environments for children.

Randy Sprick, PhD, is Director of Teaching Strategies, a company that provides inservice programs throughout the country. Each year he conducts workshops and classes for over 20,000 teachers and administrators. He has been a classroom teacher of students with emotional and behavioral problems and has worked as a teacher trainer and supervisor of teachers at both the elementary and secondary levels. In addition, Dr. Sprick has written numerous articles and developed audio and video inservice programs addressing topics such as classroom management, schoolwide discipline policies, playground discipline, and bus behavior. He is the author of several widely used books.


School psychologists, special educators, and behavior specialists working in grades K–12; school- and district-level administrators.

Course Use

May serve as a text in such courses as Classroom/Behavioral Management and Behavioral Consultation.