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Discipline with Dignity. Richard Curwin and Allen Mendler Classroom Management EDUC 360. Their major contributions. Strategies for Maximizing dignity and hope within students Interacting with hostile, aggressive, or violent students. Boredom Irresistible They can.

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discipline with dignity

Discipline with Dignity

Richard Curwin and Allen Mendler

Classroom Management

EDUC 360

their major contributions
Their major contributions
  • Strategies for
    • Maximizing dignity and hope within students
    • Interacting with hostile, aggressive, or violent students
students misbehave because


They can

If their dignity is in danger

To exert control

Do this well since failing academically

Meets the need for attention and power

Students misbehave because…
characteristics of behaviorally at risk students
Failing academically

Received most punishments and consequences repeatedly

Do not respond to punishments and consequences any more

Low self-esteem

No hope of success

Attracted to other behaviorally at risk students

Characteristics of behaviorally at risk students
what works 25 50 of the time
What works 25-50% of the time…
  • Spend time teaching good behavior and responsibility
  • treat students with dignity and respect
  • Discipline with motivation in mind
  • Stress responsibility not obedience
logical consequences




Options for student


Student writes with specific steps for changing the behavior

Gives student the responsibility


Teach expectations and rules through suggested appropriate behavior

Opportunity for students to practice and learn appropriate behavior

Logical consequences…
motivation is the key
Motivation is the key…
  • Lessons personal to and relevant to students
  • Assessments based on authentic products and skills
  • Activities helping students to connect and interact
motivating activities
Motivating activities…
  • Engage five senses
  • Give opportunities to make decisions
  • Create students’ anticipation
aggression hostility violence
Lack of values

Lack of compassion

Lack of remorse

Teach nonviolent choices

Model acceptable ways to share feelings

Teach values of




Aggression, hostility, violence
  • Create class rules and consequences
    • Based on school values
  • Model school values through
    • Your behavior in actual situations
    • Student role playing
  • Delete interventions
    • not promoting school values
    • Not promoting responsibility
when conflict or violence occur
Use privacy

Eye contact

Politely say what you want

Arrange to meet when everyone is calmer

Stop…take a breath



What needs to happen

Second option

Act on decision

Assess the results

When conflict or violence occur…
as you create your plan
As you create your plan…
  • Does it promote dignity?
  • Does it teach responsibility?
  • Does it motivate?
  • Does it create commitment?
go to this website and read
Go to this website and read…
  • http://wik.ed.uiuc.edu/index.php/Discipline_with_Dignity
  • Following your reading go to our discussion board on Blackboard and share your opinion of text that impacted your thinking about Discipline with Dignity or classroom management.
second trip to discussion board
Second trip to discussion board…
  • Read responses made by classmates and respond to one or more giving feedback to their responses.
write a reflection of discipline with dignity and put in digital drop box
Write a reflection of Discipline with dignity and put in digital drop box
  • Ideas and suggestions you find appealing and compatible with your personality and philosophy
  • Ideas and suggestions with which you disagree
  • Your appraisal of the model
    • its practicality and
    • ease of implementation
  • Charles, C. (2005). Building classroom discipline (8th ed.). Boston: Pearson Education, INC.
  • Levin, J. & Nolan, J. (2007). Principles of classroom management: A professional decision-making model (5th ed.). Boston: Pearson Education, INC.
  • Manning, M. & Bucher, K. (2007). Classroom management models, applications, and cases (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NY: Pearson Education, INC.
  • Scarpaci, R. (2007). A case study approach to classroom management. Boston: Pearson Education, INC.
  • Weinstein, C. & Mignano, A. (2007). Elementary classroom management: Lessons from research and practice (4th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill.