Classroom Management and Discipline

CDP’s approach to classroom management, Developmental Discipline, stressed building trusting relationships with students by organizing the class to meet each student’s need for autonomy, belonging, and competence and encouraged teachers to take a teaching or scaffolding approach to managing students’ behavior. Developmental Discipline is described and illustrated in Learning to Trust: Transforming Difficult Elementary Classrooms Through Developmental Discipline by Marilyn Watson and Laura Ecken (Jossey-Bass, 2003). The videos in this section illustrate CDP’s scaffolding approach to managing student behavior

Ambitions

Ambitions

In this video students are asked to write about their ambitions for the future and one student becomes frustrated when he approaches the assignment incorrectly and has to start over.

Two Boys, One Chair

Two Boys, One Chair

A Kindergarten teacher in Hayward California supports two boys who both claim the same chair and refuse to move. Using skillful questioning and ideas from other students, she allows the two students to solve their problem to their mutual satisfaction.

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