Educators know that we must have safe schools. Teaching and reinforcing
responsible human behavior is the core of "Discipline with Dignity." How do you achieve
discipline and positive behaviors in a classroom or school?
This book offers specific ways to involve students in defining classroom procedures, rules, and
consequences based on values or principles compatible with learning. Curwin and Mendler
identify strategies for working with children who are physically aggressive and explode without
provocation. The basic strategies include prevention, action, and resolution; the authors expand
on those ideas and share examples and practical applications for educators. Curwin and Mendler
explain the principles and related strategies that are as applicable to the problems faced in
inner-city schools as they are rural and suburban schools.
Current educational initiatives that improve both achievement and behavior, including
cooperative learning, multiple intelligences, constructivism, inclusion, and brain-based learning,
are all compatible with "Discipline with Dignity" and attest to the continuing relevance of the
strategies involved. More than 10 years after the initial publication of "Discipline with Dignity,"
Curwin and Mendler have added a new introduction in which they reflect on why and how their
approach to discipline works in today's society. Treating students and educators with dignity will
never go out of fashion.