Ian Gilbert is an educational speaker, award-winning writer and editor, innovator, entrepreneur and a man who the IB World magazine named as one of its top fifteen 'educational visionaries'. In 1994 he established the unique educational network Independent Thinking, whose Associates and pioneering books have influenced teachers, school leaders and young people all across the globe. Ian has a unique perspective on education and society, having lived and worked in the UK, the Middle East, South America, Asia and, now, the Netherlands.Jim Roberson, former American football player, has been working on the Disciplined Approach for over 20 years as a teacher, trainer, coach and parent. He is an independent education consultant and works with parents, teachers and students.
The Discipline Coach received a honourable mentions in:
The 2013 San Francisco Book Festival Awards - Biography/Autobiography category
The 2013 New England Book Festival Awards - Biography/Autobiography category.
The Discipline Coach is a punchy book about redefining
discipline as we know it. Jim Roberson - a former American football
player who grew up in a housing tenement in the Bronx - believes
that school should be the place where you learn all you need to
succeed in life, whatever form that success may take. Through
quotes, anecdotes and a unique style of writing, Jim Roberson
explains that discipline is 'not what you do to yourself or what
anyone does to you. It's what you do for yourself.'
What Jim advocates is a partnership between children and schools, whereby schools open up to teaching children everything they will need to prosper at and beyond school, no matter what career or life choices they make. In return, children will start to acquire and then implement the strategies and benefits that come with self-discipline on an ongoing basis. He goes on to provide positive alternatives and clear guidance as to how to put self-discipline into practice in the classroom and in life. Jim writes from experience; he has worked with some of the most challenging young people in the UK and, whether he's working with experienced classroom practitioners, struggling supply teachers, students themselves or even the police, he delivers powerful, practical, common-sense strategies that bring the best out of some of the most demanding and hard-to-reach young people. The book is quirky and holds nothing back but is easy to read, with interesting content that can be used in everyday school life.
Adam Pennington, Learning & Teaching Update February 2013
Jim provides a sensible and non-traditional approach to helping young people understand what they need to know for achieving in life. As a High School educator, dean and head coach of varsity f