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Synergetic Discipline

The disciplinary philosophy of C. M. Charles.

Katelyn Deininger

on 16 September 2010

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the potential ability of individual organizations or groups to be more successful or productive as a result of a merger Discipline Synergism a set or system of rules and regulations. C. M. Charles Synergetic Discipline How is a Synergetic Classroom achieved? Charles describes synergism as: “a state characterized by high energy, creativity and production. The people and other entities involved in synergy feed psychic energy to each other [giving teachers and students] peak educational experiences that leave them exhilarated” A Synergetic Classroom has 9 essential components. 1. Trust 3. Charisma 2. Ethics 4. Communication 5. Interest 6. Class
agreements 7. "Coopetition" 8. Human
Relations 9. Problem
Resolution 9
Components Ethics are the foundation of Charles' classroom model. It is up to the teacher to model the behaviors s/he wants to see from students. Kindness (Golden Rule)
Consideration (accept students the way they are)
Faith in students (believe in their success)
Fairness (to individual's circumstance)
Honesty (say what you mean, mean what you say)
Patience We must start with ethics because Trust takes time to develop... Charisma (Charles' definition has 2 parts): Attraction Fulfillment "Charm" continued interest and effort in students' learning Show your personality.
Talk to students, learn who they are.
Open up, share yourself, your special skills. Trust &
Ethics Teach content that is:

Make lessons fun & energized.
Use cooperative learning when possible. Communication Communication goes BOTH ways.
Teachers must not be the ones doing all the talking... Charles Classifies 7 "Gears of Communication" that can keep communication alive and well in the classroom. The "Don'ts": label students
sarcastic remarks
deny students' feelings
demand cooperation
lose temper or self-control The "Do's" Give students personal attention.
Find out students feelings (likes/dislikes) about learning.
Discuss class business and concerns.
Inform parents about class activities and progress Interest How do we keep children from getting bored of learning?
Charles suggests a 5-point plan: 1. Know students
2. Identify needs
3. Make school interesting
4. Allow choice
5. Facilitative teaching style Class
Agreement "Coopetition" Charles coins this term as a combination of cooperation + competition, with the meaning
"cooperating to compete." (Not intended for younger than 4th grade.) Benefits to the student: •High motivation and enjoyment
•Quantity and divergence of ideas
•Responsibility for self within group goals
•Efficient work production
•Better overall quality of work products
•Strong likelihood of synergy Human
Relations Problem
Resolution Can you imagine a classroom... ...with no misbehavior? This is the aim of ...with high productive energy?
...where students appreciate the social
value of being considerate? ...where students assume the greater responsibility for their own behavior?
...with no power struggle between teacher & students? Lets first look at... Most teachers resolve a conflict by “laying down the law” and issuing a punishment (i.e. go to the principal's office). In a synergetic classroom the teacher would call a class meeting before the conflict escalated out of control to discuss possible solutions. Guides a private discussion between the 2 parties
Encourage using “I” messages instead of “you” messages
Remind students to focus on the problem behavior, not the person
Coach students to concentrate on the immediate problem, not past problems
Remain calm, non-judgmental, professional and caring Teacher's Role: [How students treat each other and how teacher and students interact} When students engage in positive human relations, they “increase the potential for effective collaboration with others, which makes more likely the release of energy that leads to classroom synergy,” (Charles). The teacher should model positive human relations skills. •Smile and greet others pleasantly
•Use positive body language. (Facial expressions, eye contact, gestures, posture, & proximity)
•Send clear verbal messages.
•Be aware of tone of voice.
•React positively to others: Remain attentive, be tactful and express disagreement gently.
•Follow through on agreements: Excuses don't foster positive work relationships. Human Relations Skills in a classroom may include: •Breaking the ice
•Making a good first impression
•Opening up communication
•Helping another person cooperate
•Respecting others
•Building trust As a class, develop a class agreement/contract
Emphasis on personal responsibility of one's behavior and role in the class.
Periodic meetings (weekly or bimonthly, 20 minutes at a time)
Reinforce classroom synergy. Class meetings: The posted agreement list acts as a daily reminder to students. [The map that guides student and teacher behavior in the classroom.] Works Cited Hickson, Martha. "Synergetic Classroom."

"Composite of Comments on Synergetic Discipline." Dr. C. M. Charles' Page. TeacherWeb Inc. Feb., 2009.
<http://www.teacherweb.com/CA/SDSU/Charles/htmlpage3.aspx> •Security
•Sense of competence
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