Hiam Ginott’s theory on behavior is that a teacher should never ignore students’
feelings and a teacher should never characterize or prejudge the students. To
shape a child’s behavior a teacher needs to limit criticism and should use “Imessages”. He doesn’t believe in punishment and it is important not to impose
guilt on the student. It is important to acknowledge their feelings and talk to themabout what is going on.
The most useful idea from G
inott’s theory is that it is students centered. His ideas
are based on how it is making the child feel and the teacher adjusting accordingly,I find this very important. One other idea I like is that it is important to not let pastbehavior affect the present behavior. The least useful idea is there is no view onpunishment. This would be hard to, and a lengthy process and it would not work to receive quick results in behavior.
Rudolf Dreikurs: Discipline through democratic teaching
Rudolf Dreikurs beli
eves that student’s behavior is shaped by including students
in the rule and policy making. He feels that this forms a sense of community andthe students will valued. Involving students lets them determine their own fait andthey will believe in the rules
because they helped create them. Dreikurs’ view on
punishment is that all consequences should be natural and logical. The studentswere part of making the rules so they will know what their consequences will beif they misbehave.
I think the most useful idea is that the students will have logical and naturalconsequences for their actions; this way they know what they did wrong and theirpunishment makes sense for their action. Having a child sit in a corner forthrowing paper does not make sense, but having them pick up all the paper from
the floor does because it’s a natural and logical consequence. The least useful idea
with this theory is that the actual punishment is not addressed.
Lee and Marlene Canter: Discipline through assertive tactics
Canter and Canter believe that behavior is shaped by assertive discipline.Assertive discipline is done when a teacher controls the class in a firm, butpositive way. Their theory states that a teacher has the right to insist onappropriate behavior and control is needed. The teacher must have clearexpectations and use a firm tone of voice. Their view on punishment is that isshould be delivered as a choice, it is not enjoyable but not always harsh.
I think the
most useful idea from Canter and Canter’s a
ssertive discipline theory isthat the teachers have the right to expect students to behave, the right to receivesupport from the administration and the parents. I think this theory would work well if it was done school wide. The only problem with this is that almost