George Lucas Educational Foundation
Dr. Richard Curwin

Dr. Richard Curwin

Director, Graduate program in behavior disorder, David Yellin College

I am the author or co-author of about 20 books related to behavior and motivation including Discipline With Dignity and Meeting students where they live: Motivation in Urban Schools. I have done training in educational environments worldwide and now have settled in Israel to live near my children and grandchildren. I write occasional editorials for the Jerusalem Post and continue to love teaching. My students include Jewish, Muslim, Christian teachers from all sectors of Israel who work well together and all pray for peace in the holyland.

Posts

  • Student Engagement
    Classroom discussions have been a staple of teaching forever, beginning with Socrates. I have taught using discussions, been a student in discussions, and observed other teachers' discussions thousands of times -- at least. Some have been boring, stifling or tedious enough to put me to sleep. Others have been so stimulating that I was sad to see them end. The difference between the two is obviously how interesting the topic is, but equally important is the level of student participation.
  • Bullying Prevention
    Some activities for creating a healthy classroom culture.
  • Social and Emotional Learning
    Children's concerns about comfort, safety, or self-esteem might seem trivial, but your compassionate listening can help resolve small issues or shed light on larger ones.
  • Social and Emotional Learning
    Strategies for helping children make sense of a violent world include historical perspective, risk assessment of their daily lives, writing to leaders, and reaching out to victims.
  • Social and Emotional Learning
    Avoid manipulating students into compliance by giving them a voice in classroom management procedures, using musical cues, or making allies of natural group leaders.
  • School Climate
    Although many zero tolerance policies mandate a limited range of consequences, we should consider interpreting rules and enforcement through the lens of school values.
  • Classroom Management
    All of us have had major classroom disruptions that try our patience and push our limits. These incidents can threaten our sense of control and generate fear of looking weak to other students. We fear that other students might do the same thing if we don't take a strong stance.
  • Student Engagement
    Students engage more passionately when trying to answer a question that interests them. Here are ten opening questions that have inspired this kind of learning.
  • Social and Emotional Learning
    Teachers should avoid the reflexive language of anger or frustration. Here's a list of these sayings, framed as opportunities to constructively address difficult student behavior.
  • Social and Emotional Learning
    "Sorry" can be the easiest (and least meaningful) word when delivered without understanding or caring. Effective apologies must come from a place of integrity