ERIC Number: ED389445
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
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Discipline in School-Age Care: Control the Climate, Not the Children.
Fink, Dale Borman
This book is addressed to school-age care staff and suggests they rethink their attitudes about the behavior of the children under their care. Ideas were generated by workshop participants about ways to promote misbehavior, as a way of gaining insights into encouraging positive behaviors. The following six key elements of a school-age care program emerged from this exercise: (1) children's basic needs; (2) physical environment; (3) activities and schedules; (4) social groupings; (5) rules; and (6) consequences. Addressing these six key elements is viewed as a preventive approach, and the importance of initially considering the first four elements is emphasized. Examples are provided to illustrate how this approach works in practice. Beginning with the first four elements sets a very positive tone for a program. It stresses that it is the climate which is being controlled, not the children. Following an understanding of controlling the climate, guidelines are presented concerning communicating expectations about appropriate behavior, and rewarding and reinforcing desired behavior. Also discussed in the book are: ideas to consider when working with children with disabilities and special needs; making parents and families allies; communicating with school personnel; and putting discipline and termination policies in writing. (BAC)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Childhood Needs, Children, Classroom Environment, Discipline, Discipline Policy, Elementary Education, Parent Participation, Program Design, Reinforcement, School Age Day Care, Special Needs Students
School-Age NOTES, P.O. Box 40205, Nashville, TN 37204 ($5.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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