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Curwin and Mendler

Discipline with Dignity
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Karen Stinson

on 11 May 2011

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Transcript of Curwin and Mendler

Dr. Richard Curwin and Dr. Allen Mendler co-author a solution for you and Johnny, "Discipline With Dignity"®

But, first... Meet
Johnny Johnny seems to stay in trouble. He is never on task and you are spending most of your day calling him down. You have exhausted every option. What next!?
Before you loose your cool... Who is Dr. Allen Mendler? Author, Educator, Psychologist
Born on October 29, 1949 in Queens. • Undergraduate degree in psychology and education from Queens College
• Master’s degree in psychology from Alfred University
• Doctorate in school psychology from Union Graduate School
He has focused most of his work toward developing strategies to deal with difficult and struggling youth. Who is Dr. Richard Curwin? Author and Educator
Born on May 25, 1944 in Cambridge, MA • Undergraduate degree in English from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst
• Doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst
He has focused his work toward providing real and practical discipline plans for parents and teachers. “A classroom management approach that teaches responsible thinking, cooperation, mutual respect, and shared decision-making.” Discipline with Dignity Curwin and Mendler
1. Warmth
2. Setting Limits
3. Democratic Atmosphere
4. Skills in Recognizing and Resolving Conflict

4 Basic Principles in the Discipline with Dignity Classroom How do we implement this in the classroom? How can it help Johnny? Prevention
Teacher and student work together to create rules and consequences. Students feel a sense of responsibility.

Responsibility vs. Obedience
Based on principles
Clear and Specific
Behavioral
Enforceable
Positive
Clear, Cost- Consious What makes a good rule? What makes an appropriate consequence? Clear and Specific
Alternatives
NOT Punishment
Related to the Rule!
Logical

3 Dimensions: Action Resolution • "Be consistent when implementing a consequence.
• State the rule.
• Use the power of proximity by being close to the student when implementing a consequence.
• Make direct eye contact when delivering a consequence.
• Use a soft voice.
• Don’t embarrass the student in front of his/her peers.
• Be firm and anger free while delivering the consequence.
• Do not accept excuses, bargaining, or whining." If a rule is broken... If the behavior escalates... Practice Active Listening Inform the student of a better time
to speak about the issue. Speak with the studnet privately. Use the insubordination rule. (Administration) Students are assigned an individual behavior contract. The student and the teacher agree on expectations and consequences. The teacher will monitor the studnet and make changes when necessary. From a veteran teacher...
Brace yourself, he talks very fast! Are you awake now? :) Advantages
Disadvantages Student centered
Regard for student feelings
Great program for behaviorally at-risk strudents
Emphasizes compassion when dealing with behavior issues Lose of instructional time while implementing plan
Students have too much control
Teachers are faulted for bad behavior QUESTIONS? If incorporated properly the Discipline with Dignity classroom will be caring, motivating, supportive, and efficient. www.solution-tree.com/Public/ProfDev.aspx? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Curwin http://www.solution-tree.com/Public/ProfDev.aspx? Curwin, Mendler (1997) http://www.metu.edu.tr/~e133376/project/index.htm stuff4educators.com/index.php?p=1_29_Discipline-with-Dignity (Fitzer) (Fitzer) What about the power struggle? Discipline Models
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