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Students that are hard to reach, uninterested, or disruptive can be tough to motivate and rarely respond well to traditional methods of discipline. In fact, methods like detention, suspension, removing privileges and even rewards often make things worse. In this half-day institute, we will look at how making simple changes in our own attitude and perception (such as viewing a “stubborn” student as “determined”) can lead to new strategies and major changes in the behavior and attitude of our difficult students. The goal is to prevent misbehavior or its continuation by getting students to want to change their self-defeating attitudes and behavior. We can accomplish this by understanding their unfulfilled needs and addressing them through the curriculum and our daily formal and informal interactions. Presenter Allen Mendler, co-author of all editions of Discipline with Dignity and many other publications, will share several ideas, strategies, and examples of the keys to effective discipline and motivation from the newest edition that focus on how to make your classroom a welcoming and successful place. He will emphasize the importance of
Developing strong relationships that last even when students try to “push your buttons.”
Defusing inappropriate behavior quickly and with dignity.
Knowing how to make yourself relevant when the curriculum isn’t.
Creating hope so that all students believe they are capable of being successful.
Involving students in decisions that affect them, including rules and consequences.
Eliminating the four main in-school triggers that worsen behavior.
Discover how to motivate and prevent misbehavior by getting students to want to behave and engage.
Learn how to sustain or reclaim positive energy with students and parents whose difficult behavior can make them hard to like.
Explore how to influence behavior by getting and staying connected to challenging students, including those with toxic life circumstances.
Learn how to develop effective consequences and interventions without “It’s not fair” complaints by students or their parents.
Learn classroom-based strategies to address unfulfilled needs that drive students to give up or misbehave.
Learn and use a six-step interactive framework with lots of practical strategies to build relationships, promote success, teach responsibility, and motivate reluctant learners.
Participants will receive a copy of the newest edition of Discipline with Dignity, 4th Edition: How to Build Responsibility, Relationships, and Respect in Your Classroom (ASCD, 2018) and The Resilient Teacher (ASCD, 2014). Additional materials fee of $33.00 will be applied to your registration.