Win/Win Theory

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Win/Win Theory

The overall goal of the "Win-Win" Discipline is for students to develop a lifelong relationship with responsible behavior. In order to acheive this, Kagan has outlined the following elements for success:In order to help students teachers should understand that there are certain structures, application and timing with preventing and responding to misbehaviorWhen misbehavior occurs you should respond 1. at the moment of disruption, to stop and rechannel it to responsible behavior then you should 2. follow-up in moving beyong a particular misbehavior and 3. repeatedly over the long-term to hep students develp and maintain effective life skills.Let's say you have Judy who always want to be in control in small and large group discussions. She does not allow others students to get a word in because she is constantly disrupting. At the moment of disruption: you can acknowledge the student's power or provide optionns for how the work is to be done. As a follow-up: you may schedule a conference to discuss the situation and how her behavior can be avoided and as a long-term: involve Judy in decision making and asking for her help in establishing class agreements about showing respect.

Concept of "Position"

1) Attention Seeking2)Avoiding Embarrassment3)Anger Venting4) Control Seeking5) Energetic 6) Bored7) Uninformed


With Spencer KaganBy Dominique Cribb Nesaa Ahmad


1. Kagan/Glasser:Both theories recommends that teachers work with students in establishing standards for behavior or conduct in the classroom. Kagan calls this "class-rules" and Glasser calls them "standards of conduct".

2. Kagan/Seganti: Both describes similar approaches to support desirable behavior. Each recommends using physical proximity or facial expressions to stop undesirable behavior or to reinforce authority.

ADVANTAGES1. Children and parents have their needs met. Both Win!2. It teaches responsibility for their own actions.3. It helps children make a connection between “What I do” and “What happens to me.”DISADVANTAGES1. Results from this method may take longer than anticipated.2. It is a same-sided approach and requires teacher, parent and student involvement. 3. Is more effective when introduced to students on the first day of school rather than in the middle.

Kagan/Jones: Both theories suggest that the teacher provides an activity that hasvalue and is interesting enough to keepthe students interested and engaged.

Thompson, J. (n.d.). Retrieved from

The win-win discipline targets the root of discipline problems-students' unfulfilled needs. As win-win teachers we always accept a students position. Win-Win Discipline makes discipline part of what we as teachers do best-it makes the discipline a teaching/learning process

Kagan, S. D. (2002, Winter). What is Win-Win Discipline? Retrieved from Kagan Online Magazine:

Education, P. C. (2011). Classroom Management for the Diverse School and Society. Boston: Pearson.



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