Sunday, November 7, 2010

Classroom Discipline

Classroom discipline is what kills a lot of teachers. Or at least a good implementation.

It is the middle of the term now, and school is well underway. How is your classroom discipline going? Are your classes under control? Are students actively learning with few or no disruptions? If so, you are good to go! It was probably a lot of hard work. If your classroom still needs work, there are some tips below.

It is difficult for a teacher to start a new discipline plan in the middle of a term. You may have to just wait it out, and start fresh after Christmas break. That is doable, but it means struggling until then.

There are a couple of things you can do to help get the classroom discipline get going. First and foremost, your classroom management MUST be in place. This is where to look first. Your classroom must run like clockwork, and be a repetitive system that students know. Sounds boring, but it's not. The more your students are in a routine, the better for the teacher. Visit our classroom management page for tips.

The first classroom discipline tip is to keep students busy. A student that is busy, is a student that is not acting out.

Also, don't go for a quite as church classroom. Most of the time this is not needed. Teachers somehow equate a quiet classroom with a disciplined classroom. It's not. It's just a quiet classroom with little going on. You want your students engaged. Engage your students, your discipline problems melt away. Read our student engagement page.

You must also be interacting with your students. Too many teachers pass out a worksheet, then yell at the class to keep working quietly. Don't do that. Instead of a worksheet, wander around the room. Ask questions. Get answers. Let your students help with the teaching. You don't have to collect work or homework everyday. You can grade by participation. Less paper work for you is less stress.

There are two big tips for classroom discipline.

1)Don't sweat the small stuff. Not every student behavior needs a detention or calling out. Don't escalate small things. 99% of all behavior problems are indeed small. Don't ignore them, but don't escalate them. A lot of students are looking for a fight. They relish escalating it. Don't let them.

2)Call home. Most parents will step in. But don't call home to complain first. You must build a relationship with parents BEFORE calling home. In fact, if you call all parents on a regular basis, your students will know that there parents are involved. This alone lowers behavior problems. Start out each new term by calling all parents. It does not take as long as you think. One to two minutes a parent is fine, just to make contact. The time you put in on this is time you will not have to deal with discipline problems.

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