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Revolutionize Discipline at Your School
January 2013, Volume 36, Issue 5
Change the way your school handles discipline with Responsive School Discipline: Essentials for Elementary School Leaders, available now in the National Principals Resource Center. Authors Chip Wood and Babs Freeman-Loftis offer practical strategies for building a safe, calm, and respectful school climate based on deep respect.
Responsive discipline ensures that children feel physically and emotionally safe in school so that they can learn at their best, and develop self-discipline and skills for working cooperatively with others.
“This book offers school leaders strategies for achieving this kind of learning environment. Such an environment is the result of working in classrooms at the schoolwide level,” write Wood and Freeman-Loftis. “At the schoolwide level, school leaders must set up systems and do the leadership work that ensures that this same kind of discipline is maintained throughout the school—not just inside classrooms but at recess, lunch, and special area classes, and everywhere in between.”
This book helps school leaders do just that. The authors share tips on how to craft school rules that children take seriously, empower staff with techniques for teaching and reinforcing expected behavior, and help children with challenging behaviors.
Share these two excerpts from Responsive School Discipline: Essentials for Elementary School Leaders with your staff:
- Proactive Supports for Students with Challenging Behaviors: Ten Practices That Can Help
- Playground: Make Recess a Time of Joy and Learning
Pick up a copy of the book in the National Principals Resource Center to see the other chapters on school-home partnerships, positive adult language, school rules, and staff learning.
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