Discipline with Dignity. Richard L. Curwin Allen N. Mendler. “We decided to develop our own set of procedures that took the best of all discipline programs, while avoiding the pitfalls of most”. Three Dimensional Discipline. Prevention-what can be done to prevent problems
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Richard L. Curwin
Allen N. Mendler
“We decided to develop our own set of procedures that took the best of all discipline programs, while avoiding the pitfalls of most”
Out of School
Main goal: teaches students to make responsible choices
Principle: to learn from the outcomes of decisions
Teaches the importance of not getting caught
Fear is the prime motivator
Punishments are for the person giving them
Yes. I use basic 3 tiered system where students have clips on a stoplight chart.
I also have a classroom Popcorn Jar where we work towards adding "scoops" of popcorn for positive behavior or compliments in the school, etc..and when it's filled, students earn special things, such as a popcorn party, or movie, or bring a toy to school for recess, or bring a stuffed animal to sit on their desk for the day, etc...We have a school-wide program that's a very "prevention based" type of program called PBIS. We do a lot of pre-teaching & prevention of behavior issues throughout the day, week & school year. When students are caught being good, doing the right thing, making positive choices, etc., they can earn Panther Paws (small slips of paper w/ a paw on it.) At the end of each month, we have a Prize Cart (small, movable school store) that students can spend their Panther Paws on.
2. We read the book, "Discipline with Dignity," which is about a threedimensional discipline strategy that follows the process; prevention,action, and resolution. Do you think you follow this strategy?No, not that I'm aware of. (??) I'm not familiar with this strategy.
3. The book talks about having social contracts with the students. Doyou, or any teachers you know, implement this strategy?I don't use them in my classroom, but that we use something similar w/ PBIS as a school. When students have Behavior Tickets (which are written out by any teacher in the school for students that are not making good choices), then they might have to meet w/ a teacher during their recess to discuss the behavior & complete a form about it, which is similar to a contract. They rate themselves on what happened, how they were feeling when the incident occurred & what they can do to change it.
4. Where did you get your discipline strategy? Do you follow a certainone, or a book? Did you design it on your own?I'm actually not sure where I got it...I've tried numerous strategies in the past & these seem to work pretty well. I may try a different type of clip system after Christmas, but not sure yet...where there are more choices & focuses on positive behavior as well as only moving their clips for negative behavior.
5. Do you have any examples of where you have had to use discipline inyour classroom?Talking out, being disrespectful, not following directions, not making good choices, not being appropriate w/ friends, etc...
6. Do you have any advice for us as future teachers about classroommanagement?I would have a system in place when you start & I would be much more "strict" in the beginning of the year. It's very important that the students know you're the teacher in control & you're the one who's in charge & then as they learn the expectations in the classroom & routine, you can always ease up later. This may seem harsh & I would assume this may be handled differently at different schools, but we've had a lot of behavior problems over the past few years, so that's maybe a different mind set than another teacher might have at a different school. We try to give our students a positive, safe, secure place where they feel comfortable & loved. But with that, we also have high expectations regarding their behavior & the way they treat others. I feel that I am constantly talking to my students about making good choices & pointing out great behavior in our class & honoring students for making good choices. We constantly do "prevention" tactics, such as talking about how you walk down the hallway & keeping our hands to ourselves & how to deal w/ friends that are making poor choices, etc....I have conversations w/ my students all day long about these kinds of things....it takes ALOT of time & energy out of your day....but a lot of our students aren't learning these things at home so we kind of have an "extra" job of instilling these basic values at school as well.
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