Choice Theory

Choice Theory, an approach to promoting positive behavior, leads children to be intrinsically rather than extrinsically motivated.  It gives teachers the tools and framework to guide children toward making choices that will lead to personal success. Developed by psychiatrist William Glasser, Choice Theory posits that all humans are driven by our desire to meet our own personal needs. According to Glasser, there are five basic needs that all people are continually seeking to meet:

  • Survival
  • Love and Belonging
  • Fun
  • Freedom
  • Power

When these needs are met, we are living in our own "quality world."  The staff at SBCS understands the importance of meeting our students’ basic needs, and uses Choice Theory techniques to make success in school part of every child’s “quality world.” Furthermore, the staff is trained in techniques that foster the teaching of empathy and problem-solving skills so that students learn to take the needs of others into account.