Positive Inspiration for Teachers and Parents Alike

Danielle Loring

4 Stars

December 20, 2017

Positive Discipline Tools for Teachers by Nelson and Gfoerer is an important resource for redirecting teaching behaviors from the traditional punishment based system and towards a method that allows for the student to be an active participant in the process. Though I am not a teacher, I am a parent and often struggle with the "right" way to discipline my girls in a way that does not stifle their curiosity and encourages them to remain creative, while still taking responsibility for their actions and understanding consequences. This book is an excellent guide to just that and has opened my eyes to the possibilities and different approaches to looking at problematic behavior, if you want to call it that. The real take home message is that every child has his/her own way of navigating the world and they should be encouraged to embrace that rather than become victim to our "one size fits all" methodology. It also recognizes that a child's behavior is not one aspect to who they are and expands the focus to the emotional and social aspects of who they are and how discipline plays a role with those dynamics. In all, an interesting and worth while read.