Quality Schools

Written by Kim Olver

Quality Schools

After presenting these ideas atrepparttar NAREN (National At-Risk Education Network) in Wisconsin last week, I was asked to write an article that would be able to reach more people to spreadrepparttar 135828 exciting word about Dr. William Glasserís work inrepparttar 135829 area of Quality Schools.

There are many characteristics that are required in order for a school to be listed as a Quality School. There are currently 13 such schools inrepparttar 135830 country, with many more on their journey to become Quality Schools.

In a Quality School, relationships are based upon trust and respect, and all discipline problems, not incidents, have been eliminated. Total Learning Competency is stressed and an evaluation that is below competence or what is now a "B" has been eliminated. All schooling as defined by Dr. William Glasser has been replaced by useful education. All students do some Quality Work each year that is significantly beyond competence. All such work receives an "A" grade or higher, such as an "A+".

Students and staff are taught to use Choice Theory in their lives and in their work in school. Parents are encouraged to participate in study groups to become familiar withrepparttar 135831 ideas of Dr. William Glasser. Students do better on state proficiency tests and college entrance examinations. The importance of these tests is emphasized inrepparttar 135832 school. Staff, students, parents and administrators viewrepparttar 135833 school as a joyful place.

All ofrepparttar 135834 above criterion must be in place to be listed as a Quality School. When a school is a Quality School,repparttar 135835 dictates of ďNo Child Left BehindĒ take care of themselves. Now, of course there will be a few children who have totally rejected school that are unreachable but forrepparttar 135836 majority, they will learn and do quality work.

The way to achieve this is to implementrepparttar 135837 three conditions of quality. First,repparttar 135838 school and each classroom must create an environment that will meetrepparttar 135839 needs ofrepparttar 135840 students, and consequently of teachers. All humans are born with five basic human needs. We haverepparttar 135841 need for survival, connection/love, power, freedom and fun/learning. This is true of students and teachers.

In order to help students meet their need for survival,repparttar 135842 school and classroom must be safe. They must feel that they wonít be hurt physically or emotionally. When students feel safe, there is no need to threaten teachers or other students.

In order for students to satisfy their need for connection/love, they must have a relationship withrepparttar 135843 teacher andrepparttar 135844 other students. They must believe thatrepparttar 135845 teacher has their best interest at heart. The more you give love and connection away,repparttar 135846 more they come back to you.

In order to satisfy a studentís need for power, teachers must listen to and respect their studentsí ideas and issues. This does not mean that teachers must agree with their students but they must at least letrepparttar 135847 students know that they are important. When students feel listened to and respected, they donít disrespect their teachers and they tend to listen more.

Why not take an online degree?

Written by Matt Russell

Itís possible to gain a degree entirely online. This is a relatively new phenomenon, though itís really an extension ofrepparttar distance learning option long favoured be universities.

Studying for a degree online benefits bothrepparttar 135827 student andrepparttar 135828 university. The student can fit her studies around her family and work commitments. Andrepparttar 135829 university can save on physical classroom space, not to mentionrepparttar 135830 need to supplyrepparttar 135831 student with printed study materials.

They can read this off their computer, or print it off themselves.

You can also combine online study with real lectures so youíve gotrepparttar 135832 best of both worlds. Part of your time you go into university and meet real people, andrepparttar 135833 rest ofrepparttar 135834 time you userepparttar 135835 communication powers ofrepparttar 135836 internet.

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