ERIC Number: ED241993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
School Discipline Programs That Work.
The Douglas School System (South Dakota) has successfully operated a Time Out/Discipline Model program in their middle school for five years. The program was developed from 1978-1981 with Title IV-C funds and was validated in May 1981. Two major goals have proven statistically successful: (1) students will choose responsible behavior and will reduce the number of times they are sent out of the classroom for inappropriate behavior; and (2) classroom teachers and the principal will increase instructional time and decrease time spent on discipline. The program is based upon Reality Therapy and the Ten Steps of Discipline of Dr. William Glasser. The concepts of Reality Therapy include: involvement with the student as a caring friend; concern with present behavior, not past behavior; student acknowledgement of the appropriateness of chosen behaviors; development of a plan for better behavior which may include referral to the Time Out room for help; student commitment to the plan; no excuses if the commitment is broken; and no punishment, but rather fair and consistent consequences to choosing unacceptable behavior. Two components are essential for success of the program: entire staff commitment and a full-time person available in the Time Out area. (DC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Glasser (William); PF Project; Reality Therapy
Note: Paper presented at the National School Boards Association Convention (San Francisco, CA, April 23-26, 1983).