Responsibility & Inner Discipline
Barbara Coloroso believes that a major goal of
education is to: “teach students to conduct
themselves in an acceptable manner.”
Benefits of Teaching Students How to
• Enables students to take positive charge of
• Students are given responsibilities for making
• Students are held accountable and
responsible for making decisions.
• Students are given ownership of their
problems and solutions .
How to Teach Self-Control
• Show students what they have done wrong.
• Give students ownership of the problems
• Suggest strategies for solving the problems.
• Make sure students’ dignity remains intact.
• Restitution is the act of having the student do
what is appropriate and necessary to repair
• Resolution is when the student identified
what caused the misbehaviour from occurring
in the first place.
• Once the source is identified, the student
must correct it to ensure it from not
• Reconciliation is when the student reaches
out to people who were affected by the
• The student is asked to make decisions
regarding future behaviour and to learn from
the results of those decisions.
Sara wanted to play with Kelly and a few other
girls during recess. Sara asked Kelly if she
could play with her and Kelly said no because
they did not need anymore people for the
game. Sara got upset because she felt left out
and pushed Kelly.
1) How would you apply the restitution,
resolution and reconciliation method to
the case study?
2) Do you see this method being used in
3) Discuss in small groups
4) Share as a whole group
The Ideal Situation:
• Barbra Coloroso’s practices on teaching self control
appear to be best suited for younger children
entering the education system:
– Young children who are still learning the right and wrongs
– Children who are unaware of reason why their behaviours
or actions were wrong
– Children unaware of what to do to make things right.
An Idealistic Approach:
• When trying applying her ideology to
significantly older kids her practices are
“easier said than done” when trying to create
positive behavioural changes. In essence,
Barbra’ s practices are idealistic, designed for
the model student who has a firm moral
foundation and is able to exercise reason and
rational in their behaviour.
The Rambunctious Youth:
• When you approach students at the junior and
senior high levels you are dealing with kids who:
– know the difference between right and wrong.
– have control of their behaviours and decisions they make.
– have some understanding of the potential consequences
of their actions.
– Knowing to some degree possible steps that could be
taking to help fix the problem.
Critical Questions :
• How do you apply this methodology to the
many at risk kids we deal with on a daily
basis, such as:
– Student who does not care?
– Students who enjoy conflict and the associated
– Students who use conflict to show their power?
Ex: “the Alpha Male”
• Barbara's Principles are based on the
assumption that if a child is given
responsibility and a little guidance over a
problem, they will do what is morally correct.
• However, we are living in a society where we
can no longer make that assumption.