Two Programs, One Goal:
Academic Achievement

Some Thoughts from the Author

GOTAGS is based (1) on multiple in-depth studies of classroom time management and student management with fellow professors in Education and in Special Education at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education, (2) on my personal teaching experience (16 years, elementary and secondary) that this research validated, and (3) on conversations with many teachers. As a classroom teacher, I’ve taught over 2,000 students, and repeatedly reflected on those experiences. As a staff developer, I’ve conducted classroom management workshops with over 2,000 teachers and administrators in over 40 states, and received feedback from those educators on what worked – and didn’t work – in classrooms.

As an educational researcher, I've observed, coded, and analyzed thousands of teacher/student interactions. Regarding effective classroom management, what I saw in research studies matched what I had observed and figured out as a teacher: Human behavior is similar no matter the age. Indeed, as a college professor I found that classes of both grad and undergrad students required a classroom management plan just as my elementary, middle school, and high school classes had; and as a staff developer, I found those same management strategies crucial in facilitating a successful workshop with teachers and administrators.

A wealth of published research supports the message of GOTAGS. Research now documents specific classroom management strategies that the most effective teachers (”most effective teachers” = those who experience the least student behavior problems and highest student academic achievement) use in the first days of school. The problem is this information is not widely available. But it is found in GOTAGS – and it is organized and presented in ways that guide teachers in making immediate classroom applications.

Now that I’m retired (make that “redirected”), my goal is to share with teachers everywhere what no one shared with me throughout my K-12 teaching career: positive and proactive strategies for effective classroom management. Teachers who have been through GOTAGS workshops with me repeatedly tell me this works. Hundreds of teachers have reported the following results after implementing ideas from GOTAGS:

  • Increased confidence in starting the year
  • Increased student academic engagement
  • Increased student cooperation
  • Increased success of class rules
  • Increased efficiency of class procedures
  • Increased time spent in academics
  • Increased control of the classroom
  • Increased feelings of personal satisfaction in teaching
  • Decreased students off task
  • Decreased student office referrals
Both veteran and beginning teachers who applied GOTAGS in their classrooms reported positive effects on starting the year and on student behavior.

Both reported decreased/low student off-task behavior and office referrals.

Sound Interesting?

I invite you to view the videos (Intro to GOTAGS, Intro to Screencast, and Free Screencast Sample) and to read what teachers say about GOTAGS.

If you are a classroom teacher, I encourage you to select either the GOTAGS book ($29.95) or both the GOTAGS book and screencast ($39.95). The screen cast provides a full day’s workshop-like experience of step-by-step guidance though materials and activities, and there are options for professional development credit with the screencast.

If you are the administrator of a school, I encourage you to provide the GOTAGS program for your faculty. With a school’s order of 20 or more GOTAGS books, you have free screencast access for each teacher who receives a book. When you order 20 or more books, you will receive an email explaining how to gain administrator status and allow your teachers access to the screencast.

If you are a staff developer responsible for new teacher orientation (and working to stem the tide of teacher attrition), I encourage you to provide GOTAGS both to new teachers and to their mentors. When both work through the program, they share a not only a common research-proven knowledge base, but also common vocabulary for future discussions. Again, with a school district’s order of 20 or more GOTAGS books, you may give free screencast access to each teacher who receives a book. When you order 20 or more books, please just email me at and I will email you information on how to provide this free screencast access for your teachers.