Dreikurs' Model of Social Discipline in Classrooms

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  • 0:39 What Is Dreikurs' Model?
  • 1:43 Misbehaviors
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Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Have you ever had that one student who just could not behave in class? Dreikurs' model of social discipline may give you the information and skills you need to eliminate behavior issues in the classroom for good.

Classroom Discipline

Take a moment to consider behavior in the classroom. Inevitably, it seems that there are always one or two students who push the limits. This presents issues for students and teachers alike, and if not resolved properly, may lead to disruptions in learning and future behavior issues in the classroom.

How can teachers effectively discipline students and set the tone for appropriate behavior in the classroom? What can you do to eliminate behavior issues in your classroom? Dreikurs' model of social discipline may be just the answer for resolving problem behaviors in the classroom and preventing them from occurring altogether.

What Is Dreikurs' Model?

Think about the ways you have been disciplined in the past. Were you physically punished? Did you lose privileges such as being grounded or placed in time out? Which did you think was the most effective? Dreikurs' model of social discipline is a method for addressing behavior issues that takes a strong stance on this issue.

Rudolf Dreikurs' theory is based on the notion that everyone wants to fit in. This principle is strongly related to the field of social psychology which focuses on the influence of society on human behavior. In short, Dreikurs blamed inappropriate or problem behavior in the classroom on the student's inability to fit in. According to this model, punishment is largely ineffective. Instead, Dreikurs' model of social discipline in the classroom focuses on consequences and encouragement as the keys to effective discipline.

Dreikurs' theory classifies misbehavior in the classroom into four areas. Let's take a closer look at these with the use of fictional students. We'll also include ways to resolve these behaviors in the classroom according to Dreikurs' model.

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