Presentation on theme: "Discipline with Dignity"— Presentation transcript:
1 Discipline with Dignity Richard L. CurwinAllen N. Mendler
2 “We decided to develop our own set of procedures that took the best of all discipline programs, while avoiding the pitfalls of most”
3 Three Dimensional Discipline Prevention-what can be done to prevent problemsAction-what can be done when misbehavior occurs to solve the problem without making it worseResolution- what can be done for the out-of-control student
4 Foundation of the Program Let students know what you needProvide instruction at levels that match the student’s abilityListen to thoughts and feelingsUse humorVary your style of presentationOffer choicesDo not accept excusesLegitimize misbehavior that you cannot stopUse hugs and touching when communicatingBe responsible for yourself and allow kids to take responsibility for themselvesRealize and accept that you will not reach every childStart fresh everyday
5 The Book Will Help Teachers… Develop a discipline planStop misbehavior without attacking students dignityResolve problems with chronic disruptersReduce stressUse special guidelines for rules and consequences that work
6 Causes of Misbehavior Out of School Violence Media “Me” Generation Poor family environmentTemperamentIn SchoolBoredomPowerlessnessUnclear limitsLack of outlets for feelingsAttacks on dignity
7 Responsibility Model Improves teaching and learning performance Main goal: teaches students to make responsible choicesPrinciple: to learn from the outcomes of decisionsConsequences:Internal locusDone by the studentsLogical or naturalExamples: developing a plan describing how you will behave without breaking the rule, practicing behavior in a meeting with the teacherStudents will learn that they cause their own outcomes, have alternative behaviors in certain situations, have the power to choose the best alternative
8 80%-15%-5% 80% rarely break the rules 15% break rules on a regular basis5% chronic rule breakers-out of control
9 Locus of Control Internal Example External Example Teacher: Johnny where is your homework?Johnny: I didn’t do it.ExternalExampleTeacher: Johnny where is your homeworkJohnny: I did it but I left in in my jeans and my mom washed it. Now I don’t have it.Internal-students “blame” themselvesExternal-students “blame” others
10 Social Contract Includes Classroom principles Specific rules that are based on principlesA range of consequences for each ruleStudent inputA test for student comprehensionInput from parents/administratorsMethod of evaluationA process for changes
11 Logical Consequences Consequences Punishment ClearSpecificAlternatives or RangeShow students examples of fair but unequal situationsAre not punishmentsLogicalRelated to the ruleHelp violator learn acceptable behaviorInstructionalTeaches the importance of not getting caughtRetributionFear is the prime motivatorPunishments are for the person giving themRetribution- pay for wrong doings
12 1. Do you have a discipline strategy 1. Do you have a discipline strategy? If not, what do you use in place of discipline?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.
13 2. We read the book, "Discipline with Dignity," which is about a three dimensional 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.
14 3. The book talks about having social contracts with the students 3. The book talks about having social contracts with the students. Do you, 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.
15 4. Where did you get your discipline strategy 4. Where did you get your discipline strategy? Do you follow a certain one, 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.
16 5. Do you have any examples of where you have had to use discipline in your classroom? Talking out, being disrespectful, not following directions, not making good choices, not being appropriate w/ friends, etc...
17 6. Do you have any advice for us as future teachers about classroom management? 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.
18 Examples Rule: All trash must be thrown away. Pick you trash upApologize to the teacherRule: You must be in your seat by five minutes after the bell rings.You are responsible for any information you missedGo to the principals office and miss even more
19 MisconceptionsQuestion: When students misbehave should I have them publicly apologize to either me, or the other students involved.Answer: No because it cause embarrassment or anger
20 MisconceptionsQuestion: In some classes, there is a lare percentage of disruptive children When they set the general tone for the class, how can you change the personality of the group?Answer: Be flexible, don’t be afraid to abandon the lesson plan
22 Further ReadingAm I in Trouble? Using Discipline to Teach Young Children Responsibility. Suggestions for Parents, Teachers, and Other Care Providers for Children to Age 10.Mendler and CurwinSolving Discipline and Classroom Management Problems: Methods and Models for Today's Teachers. 6th EditionSix Strategies for Helping Youth Move from Rage to Responsibility. Discipline with Dignity for Challenging Youth.Beyond Discipline SurvivalMendler
23 ConclusionWhat we think about this classroom management plan
24 SourcesMendler, L. N. (1992). What do i do when--?, how to achieve discipline with dignity in the classroom. Solution Tree. Curwin, I. L., & Mendler, A. N. (1999). Discipline with dignity. Assn for Supervision & Curriculum. Mendler, A. N. Handling Difficult Parents Curwin, R. L., and A. N. Mendler. As Tough as Necessary:Countering Violence, Aggression, and Hostility in Our Schools. Association for Supervision & Curriculum Deve, Print.