Every Student Can Succeed: Finally a book that Explains
How to Reach and Teach Every Student in Your School
Dr. William Glasser
This book explains Choice Theory and helps teachers and administrators put it to use in their classrooms and schools. Dr. Glasser begins with an emphasis on establishing strong relationships—teachers with students and students with each other. He goes on to explain what is wrong with the current A-B-C-D-F grading system used in the schools and makes his case for competency based education. No work would be accepted that wasn’t at least a B or competent work.
This more closely mirrors real life. Employers on’t accept D work and call it passing. Employees are generally told to keep working at it until it is up to standard. Glasser discusses how destructive external control is to relationships and to quality learning and then goes on to explain how to virtually eliminate it from the classroom and school itself. Once students are able to meet their needs within their classroom, there is no longer any need resort to “behavioral problems.”
Glasser spends the final chapters of his book explaining the “how tos” of implementation of choice theory in the schools. Currently, there are currently 20 Glasser-approved Quality Schools in the world, 18 of which are in the US. These schools have seen a significant decrease in discipline problems, increase in graduation rates, decrease in truancy and significant improvements on standardized testing. Check out the book and see if you can implement his ideas in your school or classroom. Go to Reality Therapy Central to learn how to begin the certified training process.
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