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Better than Carrots or Sticks

Better than Carrots or Sticks

Have you found that rewards and punishments are only influencing positive behaviors in the short run at best? 

Studies show that when educators empower students to own and solve their problems, positive results are longer lasting. Are you looking for a way to improve classroom climate and culture? Better Than Carrots or Sticks is the on-line book study for you. Educators who use a restorative practices approach to discipline create classrooms that are based on mutual respect and more focused on student achievement. 

Graduate Credits/Clock Hours: 3 Quarter Graduate Credits offered through Seattle Pacific University or 30 Clock Hours offered. 

*WA State educators have the option of earning 30 clock hours offered through ESD 112. 

Required Reading: Better Than Carrots or Sticks, Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management, Written by Dominique Smith, Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey

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1) Purchase and read Better than Carrots or Sticks, Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management by Dominique Smith, Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey.

2) Write complete answers to all of the questions on the Book Study Handout. The handout is provided to you after registration is completed.

3) Implement the use of (2) Informal Classroom Circles in your own classroom setting. Your choices are Sequential Circles, Non-sequential Circles, Fishbowls and Inside-Outside Circles. The description of these begins on page 92 in the book. Then, write a 2-3 page paper in which you reflect on success and challenges in implementing these restorative practices circles within your classroom setting.

All 3 assignments must be completed within 1 year. Upload completed handout and paper to website or email all completed assignments and paperwork to lorie@teacherstudy.org or fax to 360-448-7031.

Earn 3 graduate level quarter credits offered through Seattle Pacific University, an accredited university. Additional $150 fee, payable to SPU. You must register with SPU first to earn graduate credit.

Students also have the option of earning 30 Clock Hours. (Other known terms include, but are not limited to, Professional Development Hours, Professional Development Points, Continuing Education Units, Professional Development Units or your school districts equivalent language for clock hours earned.) A Certificate of Completion will be provided once coursework is reviewed and graded.

Note: WA State Educators have the option of earning 30 Clock Hours offered through ESD 112. $3 per clock hour. ESD Registration Form will be forwarded to you once the course is complete.

Online book studies that have not been accessed are refundable within 5 days of purchase date. No refund will be issued on any assignment that has been accessed, viewed, or partially completed. Online training courses may not be transferred to another student.

SPU refunds per SPU policy. Please visit their website for more information.

Handout: The rubric for the Book Study Hand-Out is broken down into 6 goal areas. 

First Goal: Pertains to questions #1-15 on the Hand-Out. You will simply need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4” according to the rubric on the Course Syllabus. 

Second Goal: Pertains to questions #16-23. You will need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4” according to the rubric on the Course Syllabus. 

Third Goal: Pertains to questions #24-29. You will need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4” according to the rubric on the Course Syllabus. 

Fourth Goal: Pertains to questions #30-34. You will need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4” according to the rubric on the Course Syllabus. 

Fifth Goal: Pertains to questions #35-39. You will need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4” according to the rubric on the Course Syllabus. 

Sixth Goal: Pertains to questions #40-43. You will need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4” according to the rubric on the Course Syllabus. 

Paper: The rubric for Better Than Carrots or Sticks Reflection paper explains how to earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4”. The maximum number of combined points that can be earned is 20 (16 points for the answers to the questions on the Hand-Out and 4 points for the Reflection Paper). 

Grading is as follows: 

“A” grade – 25-28 points"

“B” grade – 23-24 points 

 “C” grade – 20-22 points 

 “D” grade – 17-19 points 

 “F” grade – 16 points or less Incomplete - An incomplete grade will be given if all 3 assignments are not completed within 1 year.