Cooperative Discipline: A Reflective Case-Based Approach?

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The book Cooperative Discipline outlined a classroom management strategy that focused generally on working together with students, teachers, and parents. Behavior can be changed when it is acknowledged that building caring relationships, instilling responsibility, and having respect between students and teachers is successful. Encouragement goes a long way when executing cooperative discipline. Cooperative discipline approach is a corrective, supportive, and preventative technique, which encourages students to learn what to do to solve misbehavior by working together with a teacher. Student collaboration with teachers is a focal point found in this discipline, specifically because when it comes time to enforce consequences, it is imperative …show more content…
Within my practicum, I witnessed techniques described in Managing Classroom Behavior, A Reflective Case-Based Approach where a firm, assertive voice was used by my teacher to engage a student’s attention; it was short, effective, and is used during group or individual activities. Continuing to keep student engagement during a lesson is important for their learning process, but does not solely rely on a teacher reminder. As mentioned in the same book, peer influence can act as a cue to what positive behavior should look like. During a morning meeting, my teacher also has students become active participants and interact with learning objectives and fitting behavior; during rest time students state aloud that they should lay still and not yell the teachers name, which acts a reminder for themselves and their peers. Beyond the Discipline also mentions that a democratic process to learning can lead to better understanding of behaviors and rules, which can be done in a classroom by asking a student guided questions as to why they chose to misbehave and then working with them to decide a suitable punishment. I believe in classrooms that I have had the opportunity to be involved in there is a mix of management techniques. After learning about numerous strategies, I found the case-based approach to be the most appropriate for the reason that not all students are alike or respond in the same way. As a teacher, taking the time to get to know a student, their daily behavior patterns, and other factors that may impact their actions, you can then approach behavior and achievement accordingly. As many strategies emphasized, relationship building is a basic building block towards ideal and effective classroom achievement. There are however certain strategies that are less appropriate for students. I believe Assertive

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