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check the bookstore for books by Jim Fay and Foster Kline. They have
a philosophical approach to discipline management which is very
practical and works for me ... in class and with my own children.
It's not a program though, it's more a way of changing your approach
or your thoughts about what you can control. I think for the most
part you can't control anyone.
I taught at a school last year where the principal was a Fay and
Kline person. She showed us videos and we had workbooks. Fay is
funny and he has good stories.
several of the last posts on this subject made me think of Fay and
Kline. They suggest you pinpoint the student who gives you the most
problems and that you begin to "notice" things about them. For a
week or so you say to that student, "I notice you helped pick up so
and so's books yesterday in the hall. ..... I notice you ride your
bike to school" You say this to begin laying groundwork for
conversations and commonalities. Then when this relationship is
beginning to take form, and the student acts up in class, you say
quietly to the student, "Would you not do _____(fill in the blank),
as I am teaching." or if the student won't work on a project you can
say "will you do it, just for me." But it takes time, not just one
Look 'em up under "Love and logic" "Discipline with love and logic"
and I think "Teaching with love and logic"
It's a good thing.
Assistant Professor, Art Education
University of Central Arkansas
Department of Art
Conway, AR 72035