What Do I Do When...?: How to Achieve Discipline with Dignity in the Classroom

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Understanding the basic needs that drive student misbehavior is key to identifying effective strategies for prevention and intervention. This follow-up to the popular book Discipline With Dignity (by Richard L. Curwin and Allen N. Mendler) summarizes key methods and describes some new approaches for responding to students' difficult behavior. It answers many "What do I do when...?" questions about how the Discipline With Dignity approach can be applied in different situations. What Do I Do When...? examines:

The motivation behind misbehavior

The principles of effective discipline

Effective methods of discipline in the classroom

How to deal with power struggles

Unconventional methods of discipline

Educators will also learn effective strategies for working with parents and impacting schoolwide discipline.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934009079
  • Publisher: Solution Tree
  • Publication date: 8/11/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Author xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 What Motivates Misbehavior? 5

Basic Needs That Motivate Behavior 8

Capable/Successful 8

Caring/Belonging 13

Power/Control 15

Generosity/Helping 22

Stimulation/Fun 24

Basic-Needs Activity 29

Chapter 2 Principles of Effective Discipline 31

Principles and Guidelines for Effective Discipline 32

Use Long-Term Behavior Changes Instead of Short-Term Quick Fixes 32

Stop Doing Ineffective Things 35

Be Fair and Don't Always Treat Everyone the Same 39

Make Sure Rules Make Sense 42

Model What You Expect 44

Show That Responsibility Is More Important Than Obedience 45

Always Treat Students With Dignity 51

Criteria for Using a Discipline Method 52

Chapter 3 The Process of Change 55

The Prevention Dimension 58

The Action Dimension 59

The Resolution Dimension 59

Chapter 4 Effective Methods of Discipline in the Classroom 61

Generate a Spirit of Cooperation 62

Build a Solid Foundation of Principles 62

Enforce Clear and Specific Rules 64

Involve Students as Rule-Makers 67

Students Develop Rules for the Teacher 68

Students Develop Rules for Each Other 69

Students Vote on Negotiable Rules 70

Teacher Defines the Principles and Students Develop the Rules 70

Use Consequences 71

Natural/Logical Consequences 72

Conventional Consequences 74

Generic Consequences 74

Instructional Consequences 76

Test for Comprehension 77

Chapter 5 Dealing With Power Struggles 87

Step 1 Ignore "Hooks" 89

Step 2 Actively Listen 89

Step 3 Avoid Agreeing or Disagreeing 90

Step 4 Acknowledge the Power Struggle 90

Step 5 Remove the Student From Class 90

Step 6 Invoke the Insubordination Clause 91

Step 7Give a Reminder of Consequences 91

Step 8 Resolve Differences Later 91

Mediating Power Struggles Between Students 97

Chapter 6 Unconventional Methods of Discipline 107

Mentoring 108

Encourage the Positive 111

Change the Label 113

Use Satiation 116

Behave Paradoxically 117

Encourage an Alternative 120

Special Communication Strategies 124

I-Statements 124

Negotiation Openers 124

Supportive Statements 125

Pets in the Classroom 126

Challenge Kids to Find Their Dignity 127

Refuse to Reject the Child 127

Highlight the Choices in Life 129

The Tough Bottom Line 131

Chapter 7 Working With Parents 141

Issues That Discourage Parental Involvement 141

Overwhelmed Parents 141

Academically Unsuccessful Parents 142

Parents With Inadequate Parenting Skills 142

Personally Preoccupied Parents 143

Parents Underinvolved in School 143

School Practices That Encourage Positive Parental Involvement 144

Make Your Classroom and School a Welcoming Place 144

Seek Parent Input for Decision-Making 145

Encourage Parent Visibility at School 147

Involve Parents and Grandparents as Volunteers 147

Provide Frequent and Ongoing Feedback 148

Connect With Community Resources 149

Chapter 8 Schoolwide Discipline 151

Creating the Plan 153

Define a Focus for the Problem(s) to Be Solved 153

Prioritize the Problems 154

Generate Possible Solutions 154

Present Possible Solutions 154

Assess the Proposed Solutions 155

Agree on Solutions 155

Real-Life Models 156

Valley View School 156

Pepper Tree Elementary School 160

Chapter 9 Concluding Thoughts 171

Bibliography 175

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