Discipline Without Tears. How to Reduce Conflict and Establish Cooperation in the Classroom. Revised Edition

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  • Book
  • 128 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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DISCIPLINE WITHOUT TEARS: How To Reduce Conflict and Establish Cooperation in the Classroom

Discipline without Tears is a modern classic within the teaching profession. The original edition was written by Pearl Cassel and Rudolf Dreikurs. First published in 1971 by arrangement with the Alfred Adler Institute, it has been a teacher s best friend and became an international bestseller with translations into French, Italian, Greek, German, Dutch, Japanese and Chinese.

The focus of the book is to show the elementary school teacher how to manage a classroom of children effectively by understanding the nature of their behavior. The book is prescriptive, and challenges teachers to analyze their teaching style and become more effective at discipline in the classroom.

With the co–authorship of Dr. Eva Dreikurs Ferguson, the book has been updated and revised to reflect current trends in education. Schools have put more emphasis on teachers knowing how to resolve issues of discipline within their classroom, and teachers will appreciate the clear and concise presentation of material that will lead to more effective learning time and a more pleasant teaching environment. Parents will also find this book most helpful for the family dynamic.

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Introduction: Teaching the Adlerian Way.

1. Why the Tears?

2. What Kind of Teacher Are You?

3. A Rewarding Alternative: Teaching the Democratic Way.

4. How Does a Child Grow?

5. Identifying and Correcting Misbehavior and the Four Mistaken Goals.

6. The Teacher  Parent Conference.

7. Competition in an Elementary School.

8. Encouragement in the Classroom.

9. Use Logical Consequences, Not Punishment.

10. Conflict Solving and How to Deal with Tyrants.

11. Is Your Class a Group?

12. The Class Discussion Period.

13. Typical Problems in the Classroom and Their Solutions.

14. The Do′s and Don′ts of Discipline.

15. Classroom Experiences.

Appendix A: Codes of Conduct.

Appendix B: Suggested Further Reading.


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Rudolf Dreikurs, M.D. (b. 1897, d. 1972), was a younger colleague of Alfred Adler in Vienna, Austria, and following the death of Adler in 1937, Dreikurs expanded Adler s work in North America and around the world.

Pearl Cassel, M.Ed., is an internationally acclaimed public speaker, columnist and of many books and articles. She wrote Why Kids Jump Over the Moon and co–authored The Challenge of Adolescence and Coping with Teenagers in a Democracy. She has lectured at all major universities in Canada, is a founding director of The Alfred Adler Institute of Ontario, and taught elementary school in England and Canada for 35 years.

Eva Dreikurs Ferguson, Ph.D., is professor of psychology at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. She is an active researcher, the author of journal articles and books, notably Motivation: A Biosocial and Cognitive Integration of Motivation and Emotion; Adlerian Theory: An Introduction; and is the editor of the book Equality and Social Interest. Dr. Ferguson has also republished many books written by her father, Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs.

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