ERIC Number: ED333327
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun-28
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Positive Attitudes: The Building Blocks of Self Esteem.
Leopold, Marlene A.
South Area Alternative School is a disciplinary center for conduct disordered adolescents in Broward County, Florida. The center is governed by a school-wide environmental structure so positive that negative behavior is met by appropriate consequences rather than punishment. The intake procedure includes a tour of the facility, discussion of program options, review of past behavior, and expectations of the center. After all questions are answered, the student is asked to make a decision about whether or not he wants to enroll. He is cautioned that the choice is his alone and he must be certain that he is ready to deal with whatever results from his conscious decisions from that point. The next step is often the child's first experience at goal setting. He is asked to write four goals: two academic and two behavioral. The classroom teacher incorporates them into the individualized prescription and the rehabilitative plan commences. In all cases the teacher receives each student with as positive an attitude toward school as possible. Inherent in the philosophy at the center is the belief that classroom teachers who manage students effectively are in a position to teach them more effectively. It is further assumed that successful teachers view management as an integral part of teaching. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Florida (Broward County)