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Several of you expressed interest in Glasser's theories. There is a lot to
his ideas about discipline, so I am in the process of trying to develop a
brief explanation. It will be coming soon (hopefully). In the mean time,
I'll tell you some of the ideas he developed. Perhaps you have heard of
them, or could look them up. He developed the Control Theory and Reality
Therapy (first). More recently, he wrote, "The Quality School, Managing
Students Without Coercion," and "The Quality School Teacher." These books
discuss his updated ideas about discipline in school, some ideas are
different from his original thoughts about discipline.
In my previous letter, I mentioned students' needs. According to Glasser,
these needs have to be satisfied, in order for students (and all of us, for
that matter) to be motivated to learn. The needs are, survival, love,
power, fun, and freedom.
One last thing I'd like to share before I close this letter, is a note about
leaders vs bosses (Glasser encourages us to be leaders). Shayle Uroff, who
helps Brad Greene to describe work being done at the Apollo School (A
"Quality School"), gave Glasser the following:
A boss drives. A leader leads.
A boss relies on authority. A leader relies on cooperation.
A boss says "I." A leader says "We."
A boss creates fear. A leader creates confidence.
A boss knows how. A leader shows how.
A boss creates resentment. A leader breeds enthusiasm.
A boss fixes blame. A leader fixes mistakes.
A boss makes work drudgery. A leader makes work interesting.
Have a nice day!
p.s. Glasser is not a teacher, I believe Canter is/was. Canter's results
are more immediate, Glasser's take time, but, I believe, create lasting
results. When you need a quick fix, Canter is your man. I have six years
to try to make students love learning (k-5) so I lean towards Glasser.