Chip Wood, cofounder, Northeast Foundation for Children
"With test scores predicting no human virtue one might name, surely it is past time to bring back the guiding narrative for our schools we apparently have forgotten: the education of the young for responsible citizenship and leading a good life. Not only does Marilyn Watson tell us, particularly teachers, how the necessary education might take place, she focuses on the most neglected young learners and ignored teachers of a democracy that presumably stands for equal educational opportunity and justice for all."
John I. Goodlad, president, Institute for Educational Inquiry, Seattle, Washington
"Caring educators who have ever questioned the importance of nurturing a teacher–child relationship will find Laura′s journey both insightful and moving. A must read for all educators facing the challenge of teaching children in the twenty–first century."
Karen M. Smith, principal, Mark Twain Elementary, Brentwood, Missouri
"In Learning to Trust, Watson,s account of one inner–city teachers experiences highlights the importance of nurturing caring and trusting relationships in the classroom. Her understanding of child development and her recommendations for effectively implementing ′developmental discipline′ make the book a practical and powerful tool for all educators."
James P. Comer, Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry, Yale Child Study Center and associate dean, Yale School of Medicine
Introduction: A Classroom Where Everyone Belongs.
PART ONE: Building Trust.
1. Building the Teacher–Student Relationship.
2. Teaching Children How to Be Friends.
3. Building the Community.
PART TWO: Managing the Classroom.
4. Meeting Students Needs for Competence and Autonomy.
5. Managing Mistakes and Misbehavior: Taking a Teaching Stance.
6. Managing Mistakes and Misbehavior: When Teaching and Reminding Aren t Enough.
7. Competition in the Classroom.
PART THREE: Putting It All Together.
8. Showing Students How to Compose a Life.
9. Finding the Conditions for Success.
Epilogue: Bringing It Back Home.
Afterword (Laura Ecken).
Appendix 1: Attachment Theory: A New Way of Looking at Children.
Appendix 2: Annotated List of Resources.
About the Authors.
"If you read one book on discipline during your teaching career, this should be the one." (Rethinking Schools, Fall 2003)
"...presents a strong case for an alternative approaching utilizing Developmental Discipline." (Education Review, 10/2/03)
"...I′ve attended workshops and read numerous articles...but nothing has inspired me as much as Marilyn Watson′s new book..." (Rethinking Schools Online, Winter 2003)
"Learning to Trust should be required reading for any elementary or secondary school teacher..." (Education Review, 12/2/03)