Class Climate & Student Behavior Part IV

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Boundaries are not rules, lines in the sand, or limits that one can't explore. Boundaries are the points of contact we make with other humans, helping to identify what's important to us and ultimately who we are. Dr. Bluestein explores the overuse of rules and how this interferes with students internalizing values and developing an inner self-control.

Learning Objectives

  1. Consider the intrinsic nature of all cooperation, along with the importance of avoiding a dependence on students' needs for conditional approval or their fear of threats and punishment.
  2. Recognize the components of a good boundary and the benefits of using boundaries with positive outcomes as opposed to rules and punishments.
  3. Examine the importance of both flexibility and follow through, and how to use both effectively.

About the Author

Jane Bluestein, Ph.D.

Jane Bluestein, Ph.D.

A dynamic and entertaining speaker, Dr. Bluestein has worked with thousands of educators, counselors, healthcare professionals, parents, childcare workers, and other community members world-wide. She has appeared internationally as a speaker and talk-show guest, including several appearances as a guest expert on CNN, National Public Radio and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Dr. Bluestein specializes in programs and resources geared to provide practical and meaningful information, training and hope in areas related to relationship building, effective instruction and guidance, and personal growth and development. Much of her work focuses on interactions between adults and children, especially children at risk. Her down-to-earth speaking style, practicality, sense of humor, and numerous stories and examples make her ideas clear and accessible to her audiences.

Jane is an award-winning author whose books include The Win-Win Classroom; Becoming a Win-Win Teacher; Managing 21st Century Classrooms; Creating Emotionally Safe Schools; High School’s Not Forever; Parents, Teens, & Boundaries; The Parent’s Little Book of Lists: Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Parenting; Mentors, Masters, and Mrs. McGregor: Stories of Teachers Making a Difference; and Magic, Miracles & Synchronicity : A Journal of Gratitude and Awareness. Dr. Bluestein’s latest book is The Perfection Deception: Why Trying to Be Perfect is Sabotaging Your Relationships, Making You Sick, and Holding Your Happiness Hostage.

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