How many of us have tried system after system of discipline in an attempt to attain and/or maintain control of the classroom and facilitate an effective learning environment, only to find ourselves frustrated and ironically powerless? Teaching with Love and Logic presents practical ways in which teachers and administrators can help their students become confident, responsible individuals, internalized in their discipline.
What is Love and Logic and How Does It Work
Love and Logic is a philosophy of raising and teaching children that empowers adults and makes hem more skilled at interacting with children. Love allows children to grow through their mistakes. Logic allows children to live with the consequences of their choices. The two together provide a way of working with children that put adults back in control, teaches responsibility and prepares children to happily and successfully deal with their choices and consequences.
Four Main Steps of the Love and Logic process:
The Rules of Love and Logic
RULE #1: Adults take care of themselves by providing limits in a loving way.
RULE #2: Childhood misbehavior is treated as an opportunity for gaining wisdom.
The Need for Classroom Management:
More than 50 percent of Michigan charter school teachers responding to a recent survey indicated that classroom management was a high priority. On a national level, a recent survey showed that teaching is increasingly "a revolving door occupation", with close to fifty percent leaving after five years.
Researchers have demonstrated that one of the major reasons for teachers leaving the profession is lack of skills in the area of classroom management. A large frustration for teachers is the amount of time they must spend in dealing with disruptions and discipline issues within the classroom.
Before implementing a classroom management plan, Conner Creek Academy East experienced a high level of discipline referrals. Often teachers went home exhausted, not from the teaching of their subject, but from having to spend so much time dealing with these disruptions.
A parent survey showed 37 percent of parents were not satisfied with discipline procedure in the school.
Results of Classroom Management Implementation:
Conner Creek Academy East has implemented a classroom management program and philosophy that addresses positive discipline techniques. The positive results of this implementation include:
Conner Creek Academy East has seen their classroom management model change the entire atmosphere of the school and have begun to see the results expressed in academic achievement. On the Terra Nova Basic Skills tests (reading, math, and language) 90% of Conner Creek Academy East's classes showed an annual growth of 1 year or more.
Parents at Conner Creek Academy East are actively involved and highly satisfied with the school. Results from the annual Parents Survey continually score 3.4 or better on a 4.0 scale. Student retention rate is 95%. Parent participation in school programs and activities is high in various ways:
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