Classroom Management: Sound Theory and Effective Practice

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CHAPTER 11
Some Surprising Ideas about Discipline

OBJECTIVES
This chapter will help you, among other things, to:
Identify three situations where one may wish to be cautious in delivering praise.
Identify alternative teacher behaviors that may be delivered in place of praise.
Explain how negative reinforcement can have a positive side.
Define, and suggest uses for, the four teacher-supplied consequences presented in a consequence grid.
Explain how power may be viewed by students as a goal of misbehavior.
Identify three alternative teacher behaviors that may be delivered in place of fighting back or giving in.
The ideas that follow may take the reader by surprise. How can there be a negative side to praise? How can there be a positive side to negative reinforcement? You mean it is possible to defuse power struggles? Tell me quick. Hopefully these very readable and, perhaps controversial, articles will whet your appetite for further study!The articles include:
"The Negative Side of Praise"
Praise may not be the teacher's tool of choice once one examines the negative side effects that can occur. Perhaps encouragement should be used instead of praise.

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