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Discipline With Dignity 2nd Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0871203571
ISBN-10: 087120357X
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Assn for Supervision & Curriculum; 2 edition (September 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087120357X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871203571
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Curwin and Mendler do an exceptional job breaking down classroom management in an easy to read and codified form. The book provides valuable insight into problems and solutions in today's classrooms and also functions well as a quick reference for those topics you may need "on the fly"
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I once attended a seminar by author Richard Curwin and found him to be an affable fellow with good insights to classroom management. This book contains many practical tips in this regard (review based on the 1989 edition). Curwin believes that classroom discipline is a social contract that should jointly be planned by teacher and students. This includes small details. For instance, teacher and students should come up with a consequence for dealing with an infraction in which the teacher doesn't know who did it, but not one that stigmatizes the entire class.

Curwin notes that the student population breaks down 80%/15%/5% in terms of near-complete compliance, varied compliance, and chronic non-compliance to rules. He summarizes the challenge facing teachers: "In many junior and senior high classes, 5 to 10 minutes of class time is wasted at the beginning of class trying to focus the attention of students. At least another 5 to 10 minutes is directed toward off-task behavior (students not paying attention, using put downs, arguing) during class time. This amounts to minimally 10 to 20 minutes of a 45- to 50-minute class period doing things other than what you are paid to do and want to do: teach!" (p. 53).

Punishment is centered on retribution, and can violate the dignity of the child. Consequences, in contrast, are corrective. The distinction between the two is not simply semantic. Let's illustrate. A child who didn't bring in homework can be punished by writing 100 times "I will do my homework". How much better to have the child have the consequence of writing out a plan for budgeting his/her time so that the homework gets done? For hitting another person, the child may be punished by having to stay after school.
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I used this book 10 years ago when I first began my career, and I still refer to it today. It demonstrates the ability to direct kids in the correct manner while they develop their self-esteem, and their independence. It gives you ways to deal with negative situtations that allows the child to walk away feeling like they can be a better person and they will be!

Kari Koffman
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I just finished my first year of teaching and mentioned to a principal that I think my biggest struggle last year was with discipline. He lent me this book.

I wasn't sure about it at first; it took me a while to get into it, because I found the introduction too vague to be very useful. However, once I got into the "meat" of the book, I really got hooked. The chapters on consequences and enforcement were really enlightening. So many times as I was reading this book, I contrasted the techniques from the book with what I did last year and could see so clearly how ineffective I was.

I haven't gotten to try the techniques yet, but I definitely want to this year. I'm still torn on how long to spend actually making the social contract with the class, but I definitely will be using a short list of rules with multiple consequences, allowing me to always implement a consequence but vary depending on the situation.
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There are some things you have to learn through trial and error and discipline is one of those areas. What I love the most about Discipline with dignity is that it accommodates every teaching style and breaks the strategies apart so every teacher can become a master teacher.

I love the organization of the book: the ideas were supported and easy to understand with plenty of examples to know how to apply to individual teaching. If you are wanting a good book to help you with your classroom management skills, I recommend this book.
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By Kristi on November 9, 2011
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I ordered this book after starting class and being old we needed this one as well as the one I had ordered previously. I was able to find it with a decent price and was fast shipping! very satisfied. It was used but in good condition@
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These books have been proven through the years to be the most effective regarding all kinds of relationships!
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