Classroom Behavior and Management Theories Essay

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Introduction

I have chosen to research the classroom behavior and management theories of Judicious Discipline and Love and Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom,. I will attempt to summarize, in some detail, the authors’ findings and compare and contrast their main points. I will discuss how these two models influence and agree with, or contradict my own behavior management beliefs. Furthermore, I address how these strategies can be used in the classroom and offer my suggestions on the usefulness or uselessness of these theories regarding my own personal philosophy of classroom and behavior management.
Summary of Models
Judicious Discipline (heretofore known as JD)
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Students are then taught that rights in a democracy must always be balanced with social responsibilities. The rights and interests of a school's society can be summed up in four compelling state interests. They represent legal reasons why educational institutions operate and maintain safe, disciplined, and proper educational environments. The four compelling state interests serve as a framework for rules and expectations. Judicious Discipline presents four compelling state interests as the basis for classroom rules:
Ø Property Loss and Damage: an interest which acts as steward for the care and appropriate use of individual and state owned property.
Ø Threat to Health and Safety: an interest that serves a fundamental purpose of government to protect the health and safety of students who attend public schools.
Ø Legitimate Educational Purpose: an interest that keeps in countenance administrators', teachers', and the educational institution's license to make arbitrary decisions that are based on sound educational practice and the mission of the school.
Ø Serious Disruption of the Educational Process: an interest empowering schools with the professional responsibility to deny student rights that seriously disrupt student activities. These four interests make typical classroom rules such as "Be safe. Protect our property. Do your best work. Respect the needs of others." These
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