Off-task students may also be expressing frustration with their inability to succeed or even inciting a power struggle because "they worry that they do not really matter, so they are constantly doing things in an effort to influence others," says Richard Curwin, author of the book Discipline with Dignity
Curwin and Mendler's "discipline with dignity
" model (1988) offers teachers a system for respectful, noncoercive management of difficult students.
Discipline with Dignity
: How to Build Responsibility, Relationships, and Respect in Your Classroom, 4th Edition
Earlier this term Dr Allen Mendler from New York visited the school to hold a seminar entitled Discipline with Dignity
Skills in conflict resolution, peer mediation, anger control, and Discipline With Dignity
are examples of existing programs that teach alternatives to violence.