Haim Ginott was born in Israel in He studied clinical psychology at Columbia University in New York City, earning his doctoral degree in During his. revisit Ginott’s congruent communication after thirty years and suggest that his theories continue to have rel- evance for middle and secondary school educators . Haim Ginott: Discipline through Congruent Communication Jillian Holst Haim Ginott Clinical psychologist, child therapist, parent educator, and.

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Others are brought up to remain in silence when an adult is speaking. Some students are brought up not trusting others and wanting to manipulate. For this same reason, it is also important to have the rules and specific consequences posted and remind students of them often. In hqim languages Add links. He believed that children are supported by strict boundaries and rules. Different communication styles, languages, boundaries, implied knowledge and methods of discipline in the home can have an impact on classroom behavior.

He believed that there was no such thing as an unacceptable child, only unacceptable behaviors.

Main Points – Congruent Communication

Third, there are cultural considerations to take into account. Ginott also recommends ignoring offensive language rather than making a big deal out of it. The theory accepts and acknowledges the feelings of both students and teachers and is based on the idea that there is no such thing as an unacceptable child, only unacceptable behaviors.

Being brief and clear also helps minimize interruptions in the classroom instead of making spectacles out of minor misbehavior. Rewards, on the other hand are often not understood or put pressure on students to perform and should therefore be given very carefully.

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He encouraged parents and teacher to set clear boundaries for behaviors while acknowledging and exploring emotions feelings. This is a useful technique for getting students used to procedures and also helps keep negative feelings at bay. Views Read Latest draft Edit View history.


Haim Ginott was born in Israel in Many students do conngruent. Throughout his life Haim Ginott was a clinical psychologist, parent educator, and author of three books including Between Parent and ChildBetween Parent and Teenagerand Teacher and Child Punishment is counter-productive according to Ginott because once it is over the student feels that they have paid for their mistake and are free to commit it again.

Later he moved on to comjunication with troubled children at the Jacksonville Guidance Clinic in Florida. The effective teacher should correct students by directing them to proper behavior examples.

In order for teacher to make a positive impact, Ginotts stated three things: First, Ginott went back to school as a young man to become a psychologist. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: In general, teachers should accept their students both communifation their person and for the behavior.

Haim Ginott:Discipline through Congruent Communication

He studied clinical psychology at Columbia University in New York City, earning his doctoral degree in Students should never experience any teacher belittling them. Retrieved from ” https: Still others are encouraged to voice their opinions strongly and loudly no cokmunication what anyone else says.

They try to minimize distractions and they pick their battles in the classroom to keep the class running smoothly and not alienate a difficult student. Practical tips in for the classroom include ignoring disruptive behavior until the teacher can speak to the student about it positively and privately.

Ginott also recommends that punishment should be avoided and only authentic praise should be given and that rewards should only be given strategically and thoughtfully, and NOT all the time. Revisiting Ginott’s congruent communication after thirty years Haim Ginott was born in Israel in Because Ginott believed that there was only unacceptable behavior he encourages parents and teachers to avoid using personal identification when addressing interactions.


Ginott defines this practice as harmonious communication between teacher and students. He studied clinical psychology at Columbia University in New York City earning his doctoral degree in Beat the Drum Lightly: What indicators do you think Ginott could have used to evaluate how successful teachers are at communicating with their students. He did not become a professional teacher and did not work himself on a daily basis in the classroom. There is one final tip from Ginott regarding classroom management: This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat Both of these approaches indicate of idea of picking your battles and evaluating the original disruption versus the one the teacher would make resolving it.


This could be done in a class meeting setting, a daily opener or an evaluation process of some kind. This does not mean just language barriers, which do exist in many places, but children who have never learned how to have a mature conversation. Policies and guidelines Contact us.

Teachers should not pry into their privacy nor should they mask their own emotions to try to hide something. The Clearing House, 74 no 4.

Haim Ginott:Discipline through Congruent Communication

His congruent communication has had a positive impact on many classrooms. In fact, the idea of basing a classroom on good communication is widely regarded as essential to student learning and self-esteem.

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One of the best ways congrusnt improve student behavior is for the teacher to actively confer dignity on the students. Teachers should always be respectful of student needs. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He helped teachers and parents to better communicate and work together. If there is a problem teachers should address it, not the character of ccongruent student and should always strive to guide students to acceptable behavior rather than criticize.