The Theory of Alfie Kohn. Danielle Appel Kim Desilets Kerri Martin. Definition. Kohn’s model is based on the idea of classrooms and schools promoting caring and supporting environments for learning.
(Charles, 2011, 76)
Place[s] in which students feel cared about and are encouraged to care about each other. They experience a sense of being valued and respected; the children matter to one another and to the teacher. They have come to think in the plural: they feel connected to each other; they are part of an “us”. And, as a result of all this, they feel safe in their classes, not only physically but emotionally. (2001, 101-102) (Charles, 2011, 77)
Show respect for students
Help students connect
Use classroom meetings
Provide classwide and schoolwide activities
Reflect on academic instruction
Creating respectful and responsible citizens in our community.
A sense of value for every individual within the classroom, the school, the community and society.
A sense of self-value
When students choose what they are learning they are more inclined to explore the topic themselves. They become self-motivated learners.
Time: if we are spending the time teaching kindness and respect, how are we able to teach the curriculum outcomes?
It may never be possible to have every individual intrinsically motivated to show kindness and respect.
If students have so much choice in what they learn, how does a teacher keep track of each student’s progress.
The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing (Da Capo Books, 2006)
Do you agree with Kohn’s approach?
Do you see this implemented in the classroom/schools?
Charles, C. (2011). Building Classroom Discipline (10th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
Kohn, A. (2005). Unconditional Teaching. Educational Leadership, 63(1), 20-24.