Brian Mendler: How to Build Responsibility, Relationships, and Respect in Your Classroom

Brian Mendler

In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we welcome ASCD author Brian Mendler to discuss his new book. Discipline with Dignity, 4th Edition: How to Build Responsibility, Relationships, and Respect in Your Classroom.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Brian dealt with struggles growing up, including a gambling addiction; he is now 15 years in recovery (you can talk about his path to teaching as an intro and how his path influenced his teaching style)
  • General conversation about what causes kids to misbehaveOut of school and in school causes
  • What does and doesn’t work to get them back on trackThreats, punishments, and rewards: Why Most Traditional Discipline Methods Don't Work (this is a chapter in the book)
  • How to redirect student behavior
  • Interrupting misbehavior with good teaching
  • Student motivation

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About our Guest

Brian Mendler is a certified K–12 and special education teacher with extensive experience working with challenging students in general ed, self-contained, and inclusion settings.

As an adjunct professor at St. John Fisher College in New York, he teaches Behavior Management and Introduction to Special Education.

In addition, he provides staff development training for K–12 educators and youth service workers throughout North America with the focus on how to be successful with even the most difficult students.

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