A New Model of School Discipline: Engaging Students and by David R. Dupper

By David R. Dupper

Mounting facts indicates that zero-tolerance guidelines, suspensions, and restrictive defense regulations fail to enhance institution defense and scholar behaviors, and are associated with elevated danger of throwing in the towel. Minority scholars are suspended at disproportionate premiums, and over one million instances of corporal punishment are mentioned every year. by contrast dismal backdrop, David Dupper offers a transformative new version of college self-discipline that's preventive, proactive, and relationship-based. not like conventional punitive and exclusionary practices, the version built during this Workshop quantity specializes in bettering scholars' connection to varsity via construction relationships and bolstering social abilities. Drawing at the newest examine approximately what works, and what does not, this hugely sensible advisor catalogs an array of confirmed and promising practices designed to have interaction, rather than exclude, scholars. instead of illustrate a one-size-fits-all strategy, it publications practitioners and directors in deciding upon their school's detailed wishes and choosing applicable suggestions to be used on the common, distinct, and remedial degrees. A five-step strategic making plans version is helping colleges transition towards a holistic, relationship-based method of self-discipline. packing containers, bullets, facts summaries, and perform assistance make this an available, forward-thinking source for college team of workers trying to interact scholars and decrease habit difficulties within the premier, pragmatic, and comparatively cheap demeanour attainable.

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2006). It is a discipline model that utilizes social learning theory to teach social, behavioral, and cognitive skills to children and youths using structured skill-training techniques and lesson plans (Jenson, 2006). It is also a discipline model that reflects a human rights perspective that includes the right to be free from discrimination, the right to education, the right to proportionality in punishment, and the right to freedom of expression (Dignity in Schools Campaign, 2008). In essence, a relationship-based, preventive model of school discipline creates an environment in which students ‘‘behave appropriately, not out of fear of punishment or desire for reward, but out of a sense of personal responsibility, respect, and regard for the group’’ (Woolfolk Hoy & Weinstein, 2006, p.

For example, ‘‘on average, students in smaller schools feel more attached to school than students in larger schools . . ’’ Class size, however, was not associated with school connectedness (McNeely, Nonnemaker, & Blum, 2002, p. 145). A fifth and final characteristic found to be associated with school connectedness is rates of participation in extracurricular activities. Schools that have higher rates of participation in extracurricular activities during or after school tend to have higher levels of school connectedness (Blum, McNeely, & Rinehart, 2002; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009; Grossman & Bulle, 2006).

Specifically, it teaches students how to solve interpersonal and intrapersonal problems in productive ways (Skiba & Peterson, 2000). It is a discipline model that is built upon caring and trust, dignity and cooperation, and that A New Paradigm 31 communicates to all students that they are respected and valued members of the school community (Belenardo, 2001; Freiberg & Lapointe, 2006). It is a discipline model that views discipline as ‘‘teachable moments’’ that provide students with an opportunity for learning and growth (Sullivan & Keeney, 2008).

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