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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This suggests that teachers must neither prejudge students nor hold grudges against them for previous misbehaviors. He believed that children are supported by strict boundaries and rules. In other languages Add links. 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.

Haim Ginott:Discipline through Congruent Communication

Fair or not, many people will say that he had no right to tell teachers what to do if he was so far removed from the day to day workings of a classroom. Despite his death in his theories are being kept alive by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. In order for teacher to make a positive impact, Ginotts stated three things: During his life, Ginott was a clinical psychologist, parent educator, and author. He helped teachers and parents to better communicate and work together.

Ginott wrote that teachers often speak too much and that brevity on the part of the teacher will contribute to feelings of validation for the students. 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 In other words, teachers should deal with classroom problems using non-aggressive language and that the overall classroom atmosphere should be dealt with, not individual behavior problems.


Later he moved on to work with troubled children at the Jacksonville Guidance Clinic in Florida. This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Many students do not.

For example, if a typical disruption occurs like a student out of their seat, the teacher could quietly tell that student that it is distracting for others to have someone walking around the room rather than yelling in front of the class. First, Ginott went back to school as a young man to become a psychologist. There is 1 pending change awaiting review. This site uses cookies.

Haim Ginott:Discipline through Congruent Communication

Being brief and clear also helps minimize interruptions in the classroom instead of making spectacles out of minor misbehavior. In general, teachers should accept their students both for their person and for the behavior. Also, many teachers would say that they try to be accepting and respectful of their students. In fact, the idea of basing a classroom on good communication is communicxtion regarded as essential to student learning and self-esteem.

Teachers should not pry into their privacy nor should they mask their own emotions to try to hide something.

Ginott also recommends that communciation 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.


It may be implemented on its own as a classroom management system or it may be included into others. Different communication styles, languages, boundaries, uaim 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.

Only with prerequisite instruction of communication norms and rules would his theory work when crossing cultural boundaries.

The Clearing House, 74 no 4. Still others are encouraged to voice their opinions strongly and loudly no matter what anyone else says.

Revisiting Ginott’s congruent communication after thirty years Practical tips in for the classroom include ignoring disruptive behavior until the teacher can speak to the student about it positively and privately. Communocation confer dignity on their students by treating them as social equals capable of making good decisions.

Both of these approaches indicate of idea of picking your battles and evaluating the original disruption congrueny the one the teacher would make resolving it.

Main Points

Beat the Drum Lightly: From Wikibooks, open books for an open world. Views Read Latest draft Edit View history. This could cause misunderstandings and hard feelings between students and the teacher. Rewards, on the other hand are often not understood or put pressure on students to perform and should therefore be given very congrhent. So what is congruent communication?