What are your thoughts about discipline in the classroom? I use humor to keep my kids on task. If you can make them laugh, you will manage their behavior well. But using a sense of humor is not for everyone. So, how do you keep your kids behaved and learning? It seems today a teacher’s discipline skills have become almost more important then actual teaching. If you don’t have classroom management abilities, things are going to be difficult. For my students I created what I call the “Five BE’s” of discipline.
1) BE consistent with your class rules. This means DON’T BLUFF if you are going to discipline or reward your students. Stand by your word and establish credibility!
2) BE firm, but fair. Firmness shows you care about your students; and often being fair deals with you treating “all” of your students equally. For example, if you have a deadline for a project – stick to it (unless a student is sick). Teaching kids the importance of a deadline is a life skill they need to learn.
3) BE flexible with your lessons. Students need to know if you create an activity, and it is not turning out the way you expected, you will change the work to meet their best interest. In other words, do what is necessary to make things work. Your students will respect your decisions which will lead to positive behavior.
4) BE considerate to your students. Never argue or yell at them! Confrontations and class disruptions waste time and energy. Try to minimize outburst by reducing there importance. Students are very sensitive if you tease or argue with them –especially in front of their peers. If a class “issue” occurs, separate the child and address him or her on a one-to-one basis. This will create a respectful, calm atmosphere.
5) BE organized with your class. Yes, organized! Often students (especially young ones) will take advantage of a situation if you are poorly prepared. It is just their nature. When students see that you have your act together — respect and good behavior will occur. Plan well, and stay on top of your game!
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