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William Glasser: Choice Theory/ Noncoercive Discipline

Intasc Standard 6

by: Kaete Kuhn, Emmy Mathias, Elizabeth Marra

William Glasser
Born in Cleveland OH, 1925
Attended Case Western Reserve University and UCLA
Glasser had a private practice from 1957 to 1986
He has written twenty-one books

Since closing his practice he has devoted himself to writing

lecturing and training people in choice theory

President of William Glasser Institute in Chatsworth, CA

William Glassers Choice Theory states:

-All we do is behave

-Most behavior is chosen

-We are driven to satisfy the five basic needs

Quality Worlds:
Everyone has an idea of a perfect world and all these quality
worlds are different.
Personal Picture Album of all the people, things, ideas, and
ideals that increase the quality of our lives
As Choice Teachers we combat differences in the view of quality
worlds by creating natural consequences for disruptive behavior.

Five Basic Needs:

All humans are wired to control how we think and act by these:
1. Survival
2. Power
3. Love and Belonging
5. Freedom

Four Components of Behavior:


Seven Caring Habits

Seven deadly Habits:

1. Supporting


2. Encouraging

2. Blaming

3. Listening

3. Complaining


4. Nagging

5. Trusting

5. Threatening

6. Respecting

6. Punishing

7. Negotiating differences

7. Bribing, Rewarding to Control


To Apply Choice Theory:

Coercion is minimized
Focus On Quality

Active Student Role

Applying Choice Theory Cont

Boss Teacher VS. Lead Teacher
Good Grades

Student Satisfaction
Teacher Guidance

Managing Individual Students Behavior:

1) Ask what the student is doing
2) Ask how the behavior is helping the class
3) Ask how the student can change the behavior to
help the class

Example of Choice Behavior

The Ten Axioms of Choice Theory


The only person whose behavior we can control is our own.

2. All we can give another person is information.

3. All long-lasting psychological problems are relationship problems.
4. The problem relationship is always part of our present life.
5. What happened in the past has everything to do with what we are
today, but we can only satisfy our basic needs right now and
plan to continue satisfying them in the future.

Ten Axioms Cont

6. We can only satisfy our needs by satisfying the pictures in our
Quality World.
7. All we do is behave.
8. All behavior is Total Behavior and is made up of four components:
acting, thinking, feeling and physiology
9. All Total Behavior is chosen, but we only have direct control over the
acting and thinking components. We can only control our feeling and
physiology indirectly through how we choose to act and think.
10. All Total Behavior is designated by verbs and named by the part that
is the most recognizable.

INTASC Standard 6

INTASC Standard 6

Verbal and nonverbal teaching strategies

A variety of communication strategies order to guide students to grow and make progress in
regard to their writing, speaking, etc. skills

INTASC Standard 6
Encourages discussion in a variety of ways

Integrates technology

Multiple methods of (unbiased) assessment

INTASC Standard 6

Teacher must
use assessments for planning and feedback

Accommodate those with disabilities and learning challenges

Know when to use summative and formative applications

! INTASC Standard 6
Know which assessments to use to meet individual
student needs.!
help students to understand how to assess their work
and set goals.!
Teacher is committed and takes responsibility for all of
these standards.

Its review time!!!

What are the 5 basic needs?

1. Survival
3.Love and Belonging

Name the 7 caring habits.

Seven Caring Habits

1. Supporting
2. Encouraging
3. Listening
4. Accepting
5. Trusting
6. Respecting
7. Negotiating differences

Who developed the choice theory?

William Glasser

Shout out the 7 deadly habits.

Seven Deadly Habits

1. Criticizing
2. Blaming
3. Complaining
4. Nagging
5. Threatening
6. Punishing
7. Bribing or rewarding to

Which InTASC Standard have we been

chatting about? (Number and Topic)

INTASC Standard 6

Name and discuss 3 main

ideas based off this standard

Answers may include but are not limited too


integrating technology
a variety of forms of assessment

nonverbal and verbal teaching strategies

What is a quality world?

Every Individuals
Unique perfect world

What are the four components of


Acting, thinking,
feeling, physiology

What are the 5 Components of choice theory?

1. The Basic Needs

2.The Quality World
3.The Perceived World
4.The Comparing Place
5.The Total Behavior System

Tell us the ways to apply choice theory

1. Punishment is minimized
2.Focus On Quality

Fill in the blank

The only person whose

behavior we can control
is --------?