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The author of the book: Peter Hook
Edition: Teachers' Pocketbooks
Date of issue: October 1st 2011
ISBN 13: 9781906610432
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 33.18 MB
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Being a psychologist with a psychoanalytic background I found it to be a rather unusual occurrence to be reading a behaviour management book. So, how did I end up here? Well, after years of working in education and dealing with teachers on a regular basis I've come to realize I have to learn how to speak their language. The reward and punishment model is so ingrained in our current education system that it would be near impossible to completely revamp it overnight. At some point you have to come to terms with the fact that we're light years away from being Finland and that any transition will only happen slowly and through small changes.
Therefore, I've set myself on a journey to find literature that can serve as a bridge between traditional teaching methods and a more progressive approach.
This book is still within the positive and negative reinforcement system but it incorporates other aspects into it, such as the importance of building a positive relationship with the students based on dignity and mutual respect, without which sanctions cannot work.
When discussing discipline inside the classroom the authors stated that it is not possible to control student's behaviour, and that one can only influence it (by setting clear classroom rules and logic consequences for not following them). Although this admission still feels a bit like trying to control students I find it to be a positive version of it. It's not a "do this because I say so or else" but rather a "these are the rules we stablished and this is what we agreed would happen if we didn't comply with them". Perhaps it seems like a very small change but I think it's a step in the right direction.
Sanctions are part of the world we live in and I think they're a key factor in a school environment. However, sanctions are only one element of a bigger, more complex process. I was pleased to read here that sanctions are not a solution; they're meant to stop the disruptive behaviour, yes, but most quickly be followed by a conversation in which the teacher explains that they're not targeting the student personally, only their behaviour, which disrupts the class in this or that way. The authors emphasize that this conversation is crucial for reconnecting with the student after the sanction and making it more effective.
There's still things I don't agree with in this book but if there's anything I wish teachers reading it would take with them is the idea that no punishment or reward will work or have lasting effects when there isn't a meaningful connection between the teacher and the student. I think this approach is a way of meeting teachers halfway and easing them into a new, more open teaching method. It's no easy task but it's worth to try.
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