Glasser Quality School
At Sunshine Beach State School we have been using William Glasser’s Choice Theory as our Psychological Base since 1994 to better understand human behaviour. In 2003 we became the first Glasser Quality School in Australia.
Glasser Quality School actively builds quality relationships, encourages quality work from all, provides a need-satisfying environment and aims to encourage all learners and staff to achieve to their potential.
A GQS operates with Choice Theory as its Psychological Base. Some of the core concepts include:
Operating in this way actively removes barriers to learning.
Choice Theory – our psychological base
Choice Theory explains why and how we make choices that determine the course of our lives. Understanding human behaviour at this level gives us the tools to be happy people and build the life we want to live.
Choice Theory states:
How we use this information
Choice Theory underpins everything we do at Sunshine Beach State School. Quality relationships are our focus.
Helping our learners understand how and why they behave and how they can take more effective control of their lives is part of every class, every day.
Some of the ways we do this are:
- Staff trained in Choice Theory, Reality Therapy and Lead Management
- Implementing our whole-school Choice Theory curriculum, with explicit lessons and experiences taught across all year levels
- Helping our learners to identify and balance their Basic Needs
- Helping learners to grow from requiring co-management to being responsibly self-managed
- Continually evaluating our practices by asking, ‘Is what we are doing getting us the Sunshine Seven Outcomes?’
- Providing a continuum of support for those who need it.
From the Sunshine Beach resource Centre:
Choice Theory, William Glasser, 1998
Take Charge of Your Life: How to get What You Need with Choice Theory Psychology, William Glasser, 2013
For Parents and Teenagers, Dissolving the Barrier Between You and Your Teen, William Glasser, 2003
The Quality School, William Glasser, 1998
Counselling with Choice Theory, William Glasser, 2001
Staying Together, William Glasser, 1996