Classroom Management Theorist Quotes

“You should try my behavior management model because it is quick and easy to learn.”
Canter
“If the teacher was more aware of what was going on, she could have prevented the student behavior problem.”
Kounin
“Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.”
Ginott
The job of a teacher is to help the student make good choices through strategies such as ‘class meetings’
Glasser
A teacher should not give praise such as, “Great job writing in your neatest handwriting!” It would be more effective for them to encourage the student instead by saying, “I really want to challenge everyone to write in their neatest handwriting!”
Dreikurs
A teacher’s job is to raise young people to be responsible, respectful, and resourceful members of their community.
Jones
If you want a student to consistently turn in homework, you should reinforce the behavior with a treat immediately after they turn it into the homework bin.
Skinner
Grades, praise, and gold stars are extrinsic motivators that prevent students from acquiring the desire to learn and a commitment to good values
Kounin
Behavior problems can be prevented if you avoid criticizing the student and you try to understand their feelings.
Ginott
Students must be engaged and want to learn, even if it is boring. Teachers need to make the material not boring.
Kohn
“You must model the behavior that you wish to see in your students!”
Ginott
“Children learn how to make good decisions by making decisions not by following directions.”
Kohn
“To create student engagement, the teacher must succeed in managing both discipline and instruction. If kids are goofing off, you won’t get much engagement.”
Jones
Give suggestions of what proactive discipline is and examples of proactive discipline.
Kounin
Reduce off task behavior and boredom by creating challenges, extending tasks, providing progress and adding variety.
Kounin
“The physical presence of the teacher and their body language in the classroom has a direct influence on student behavior during instruction.”
Jones
” A teacher has the right to establish structure, request appropriate behavior, and ask for help when they need it”.
Canter
“I believe that assertive teachers are the “boss” in their classroom and have the skills and confidence necessary to “take charge” in their classroom.”
Canter
Only behavior is treated as unacceptable, not the child. Children must learn what it acceptable and what is unacceptable. Change the behavior and the child will change.
Ginott