Glasser Presentation

Dr. William Glasser
Classroom Management Model
Joe Gross, Chad Jubela, and Mike Scanlan
EDC 610- Classroom Management and Discipline
University of Kentucky- Spring, 2010
Dr. Margaret Rintamaa
Classroom Meeting
What is the best way to address Dr. Glasser and his classroom
management model? Which interests you the most?
You Tube video interview with Dr. Glasser
Venn diagram Quality World activity
Characteristics of Quality Work
Small group activity- Are you a boss or leader?
Book reviews and key elements
Language of Choice Theory
5 Needs of Control Theory
Dr. Glasser’s theory contends that all humans have 5 basic
“needs” that provide the basis for all choices.
To Be Loved/Belong
Have Power/Importance
Be Free/Independent
To Have Fun
These needs are inherent to all human beings, regardless of any
perceived differences. Control theory seeks to emphasize
how we are all alike.
Reality Therapy (1965)
Key Elements:
Control Theory in the Classroom (1986)
Key Elements:
1. Allow students the freedom of choice = power
2. Basic needs shape what & how they are taught = negotiation
3. Assignments meet some degree of their needs = loyalty
4. Students have a say in what they learn = content & method
5. Teachers relate to students = Leader vs. Boss (supportive)
6. Hold “classroom meetings” regularly = democratic community
7. Learning-team (cooperative group) activities = belonging
8. Students only receive “good” grades, teachers only accept “quality”
work = satisfaction
Choice Theory (1998)
Key Elements:
Choice Theory in the Classroom (1988)
“If what is being taught does not satisfy the needs about which
a student is currently most concerned, it will make little
difference how brilliantly the teacher teaches—the student
will not work to learn.” (21).
Small Group Activity:
What do we (teachers and students) need in order to be successful
in this classroom this school year?
Generate a list of terms, such as respect, trust, and time
management, then explain in a paragraph what it means, what it
looks like, and what it sounds like.
These paragraphs help establish the classroom environment and
relationships that we will share the entire school year.
The Learning-Team Model
“To get the depth that is necessary for many more of them to
make the vital relationship between knowledge and power,
they need a chance to work on long-term projects with
others.” (78)
Relating Learning To Caring: For Each Other & Quality Of Work
T.E.A.M.- Together Everyone Achieves More
Well Coached Teams = Strong Sense of Power & Belonging
Teacher Constructed Teams Are Of Varied Ability Levels
Team Activities Are Fun, Beyond The Activity – Relationships
The Quality School Teacher (1998)
A Companion Volume to The Quality School
“Few students in traditional schools do quality work because they
do not believe that what they are asked to do and/or how they
are asked to do it does anything to improve the quality of their
lives.” (14)
The Six Conditions of Quality Schoolwork
There must be a warm supportive classroom environment.
Students should be asked to do only useful work.
Students are always asked to do the best they can do.
Students are asked to evaluate their own work and improve it.
Quality work always feels good.
Quality work is never destructive. (18-20)
The Quality World
“This small, personal world…is made up of a small group of
pictures that portray…the best ways to satisfy one or more of
our basic needs.” (44).
1. The people we most want to be with
2. The things we most want to own or experience
3. The ideas or systems of belief that govern much of our
behavior. (45)
Small Group Activity- Venn Diagram- Who/what is in your
quality world and your students’ quality worlds? How does it
effect learning?
The Language of Choice Theory (1999)
External Control
Choice Theory Alternative
“You copied this paper off the
Internet. You know the rule;
you bought yourself an F on
the whole unit.” (60)
“You must have read a lot of
papers on the Internet
before you picked this one. I
agree it really covers the
subject. But I can’t give you
credit because you didn’t
write it. But look, I like it. If
you’ll write a paper and
explain why this is a good
one, I will accept it.” (61).
Lead Management vs.
Boss Management
“An important purpose of education is to nurture a
love for lifelong learning in all students, not kill it.”
-Dr. Glasser
Are you a leader as you educate/manage your
classroom or are you a boss and more directive?
Small Group Activity- Handout- “Are You a Boss or a
Leader?” Discuss, note, and share ideas with your
“The main reason so many students are doing badly and even
good students are not doing their best is that our schools,
firmly supported by school boards, politicians, and parents,
all of whom follow external control psychology, adhere rigidly
to the ideal that what is taught in school is right and that
students who won’t learn it will be punished. This destructive
false belief is best called schooling.” (237)
Educators must help students acquire knowledge so that it
may be used in their students’ quality worlds.
“Where you can demonstrate your competence is in using
knowledge.” (238)
Works Cited
Glasser, W. Choice Theory, (1998), Harper Collins Publishers, New
Glasser, W. & C., The Language of Choice Theory, (1999), Harper
Collins Publishers, New York.
Glasser, W., Reality Therapy, (1965), Harper and Row Publishers, New
Glasser, W. The Quality School Teacher, Rev. Ed., (1998), Harper
Collins Publishers, New York.
Glasser, W. Choice Theory in the Classroom, Rev. Ed., (1988), Harper
and Collins Publishers, New York.
Glasser, W. Control Theory in the Classroom, (1986), Harper and Row
Publishers, New York.

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