Book: Table of Contents
© 2000 Michele Toomey, PhD


Chapter 1: The Power of Language

  1. Exploration of the Effect Words Can Have on Us
  2. Presentation of How We Receive A Message and Reactions Are Triggered
  3. Example of How Reactions Can Violate or Liberate
  4. Using Words As Weapons or As Tools
  5. Summary and Activities
Chapter 2: How To Capture the Positive Force of Fairness
  1. What Is Fair and How Do We Know What's Fair
  2. Why Fair Is Such A Powerful Positive Force
  3. How Fair Matches Hostility and Anger
  4. The Effect Fairness Has On A Classroom and A School
  5. Summary and Activities
Chapter 3: What is Self-Expression with Accountability?
  1. Defining Accountability and What It Requires of Us
  2. Why Self-Expression with Accountability is So Important and Why We Should Teach It
  3. Questionnaire on How Family of Origin Expressed Feelings
  4. Discussion of Responses and How They Affect Current Patterns of Communication
  5. Self-Assessment of What Personally Needs to Be Learned and Changed to Be Able To Teach Accountability
  6. Summary and Discussion Questions
Chapter 4: Communicating with Ourselves and Others
  1. How Our Communication Network Works
  2. The Role of Confrontation in Preventing Abuse
  3. The Goal of Intimacy Not Conquest Has Its Own Power
  4. The Guiding Principles Governing Our Communication Network
  5. Summary and Activities to Demonstrate the Principles and How They Apply to An Educational Setting
Chapter 5: The Essential Need for Integrity
  1. Definition of Integrity and Contrasting It to Morality
  2. The Role Integrity Plays in Our Communication Network
  3. The Need For Integrity
  4. The Demands of Integrity
  5. The Gift of Integrity for the Students and the Teachers
  6. Summary and Discussion Topics
Chapter 6: Confronting Alienation
  1. Examining How Alienation Is Affected by Words
  2. Exploring How Alienation Gains Momentum and Affects Learning
  3. Discussing How Alienation Can Lead to Depression and Despair
  4. The Role of Drug and Alcohol Abuse As Non-Verbal Communication
  5. How Violence and Abuse Become An Issue with Alienation
  6. Summary and Activities
Chapter 7: Preventing and Dealing with Violence and Abuse
  1. The Difference Between Arguing and Conversing, Blaming and Claiming, Bullying and Cajoling
  2. The Importance of Timing in Preventing and Dealing with Abuse
  3. The Power of A Fair Confrontation with Accountability
  4. The Quieting Effect of Fairness and The Power It Has On Behavior
  5. The Necessity of Consequences and The Difference of Viewing Them As Consequences, Not As Punishment
  6. Summary, Activities, and Application
Chapter 8 Building A Sense of School As Community Through Fairness
  1. Viewing Confrontation As Explorations Not Accusations
  2. Approaching Life As A Journey Not A Test
  3. The Protection of Fairness
  4. The Gift of Understanding and Intimacy
  5. Developing A Sense of Place and Belonging
  6. Being Proud of Being A Student In Your Class and In Their School
  7. Summary and Activities
Chapter 9: How Gender Affects Self-Expression with Accountability
  1. Confronting the Stereotypes and Challenging Genderized Power
  2. The Price of Linking Masculinity to Violence
  3. Gender and Bullying: The Devastating Effects of Verbal As Well As Physical Abuse
  4. The Difficulty Each Gender Has In Confronting and Being Accountable
  5. The Difference in Girls Talking to Girls, Boys Talking to Boys, and Girls and Boys Talking
  6. Summary and Activities
Chapter 10: Education In A Communication Context
  1. What Does That Mean
  2. What Are the Benefits to You, Your Students, and Your School
  3. What Will It Demand of You, Your Students, and Your School
  4. Is It Worth It?
  5. Final Stages of Ongoing Project for Classroom Use
  6. Questionnaire on How Each One Feels About Teaching Confrontation with Accountability and What They've Learned About How to Teach It. Discussion.

Author's Final Thoughts

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