ERIC Number: ED290257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Adults Confronting Adults in a Positive and Effective Manner.
Weber, Michael R.
Many teachers in the Sheboygan (Wisconsin) Area School District's alternative programs use principles taught to behavioral disordered students for confronting and handling difficult situations when they must confront other adults in the school system about their concerns and problems. A positive and effective adult confrontation process is outlined comprising ten components: (1) understand the other person's perspective; (2) know your perspective; (3) determine differences in perspectives; (4) isolate the major concern; (5) use a positive introduction; (6) get to the point quickly; (7) respect the other person; (8) control your temper; (9) encourage responses by asking questions; and (10) thank them. The use of positive confrontation when problems arise has increased educational opportunities for the students and reduced tension between the special education teachers and the people with whom they work. Mainstream teachers are more receptive and responsive to their students and administrators are more supportive of their programs. Additionally, students learn from the teachers' example and communications with parents are more effective. Transparencies used during the presentation of this paper are included. (VW)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Severe Behavior Disorders (Tempe, AZ, November 20-22, 1986).