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Spencer Kagan: Win-Win Discipline

Spencer Kagan's theory of win-win discipline

Stacy Devers

on 6 August 2013

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Transcript of Spencer Kagan: Win-Win Discipline

Stacy Devers
Dani Doster
Kerry Lederman

Spencer Kagan
Win-Win Discipline
Philosophy- Relationship/Listening

Inventor- Dr. Spencer Kagan

Year- 2002

Assumptions Underlying Model-Discipline is not something you do to a student, but rather something you help a student achieve.
All disruptive behavior is an immature attempt to meet a need associated with a student position.
The Basics
Address misbehavior in the moment of disruption by targeting the cause of the behavior (students unfulfilled need).
Geoff Pietrouito
Andrew Shands
Emily Wills
Classroom Management
Dr. Sprague
Students' needs are being met and they are NOT posing a discipline problem
Students' needs are not being met, but they are handling their needs in a mature and responsible way
Students' needs are not being met and they act out and become a discipline problem
1. Attention Seeking
2. Avoiding
3. Anger Venting
4. Control Seeking
5. Energetic
6. Bored
7. Uninformed
Student Needs
The Process
The Five P's of Win-Win Discipline
1. Pillars
Same Side
Not student vs. teacher
Shared Responsibility
Students and teacher work together to determine solutions
Learned Responsibility
Students learn the desire to behave appropriately
2. Procedures
Ounces of prevention
Meeting students needs before they turn into discipline problems
3. Positions
Where the students are
4. Process
5. Program
Pounds of prevention
Identify the Behavior
Identify the Position
Respond in the moment of disruption with a Win-Win structure that address the behavior and position
Structure a Win-Win follow up
Breaking Rules
Looks like you're trying to manage your classroom. Can I help?
Attention Seekers
Physical Proximity

Hand or facial signals

Additional personal attention


Avoiding Failure
Encourage students to try

Assign them partner or helper

Reorganize the task into smaller pieces
Allow student to cool down

Teach student more
appropriate way to handle
Control Seeking
Acknowledge student's power

Provide choice
Take a class break

Switch activities

Provide relaxation time

Remove distractions

Channel energy productively
Restructure the learning task

Involve students more actively

Inject short activities
Have student say or do what is expected then reteach

Let student work with buddy
Students can become too dependent on teachers, or begin to behave in certain ways to get certain responses or attention.
Increased communication leads to more accountability
Teacher can form good habits
Discipline not only addresses behavior, but supports students’ potential too
Clear expectations
Focusing on behaviors can lead to diminished focus on content.
Teachers may place too high demands on students.
Teachers who use this model may become overly optimistic, and face discouragement when placed in tough situations.
Friendly, positive, and builds relationships as a constructive foundation
The End
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