Helpful Strategies for Classroom Discipline
You can try pointing out good behavior publicly, in front of the entire class, or using a more subtle physical or
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Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today we'll discuss helpful strategies for classroom discipline.Start with positive discipline. Teach lessons and reward constructive behavior. Often misbehavior is a call for attention, so set expectations from the start. Only good behavior gets attention. Reward good behavior with certificates, or perhaps receiving a ribbon in the classroom. Keep in mind that this works best for younger students. You can try pointing out good behavior publicly, in front of the entire class, or using a more subtle physical or social cue such as nodding or smiling.Be consistent and even-handed with discipline. Don't make examples of students. Address specific situations or behaviors and don't let the rules slide. You need to maintain authority in the classroom. Address this issue privately if possible, such as after school or simply in the hallway during class. This keeps the issue about the behavior so it doesn't involve the entire classroom. The purpose is not to embarrass the student.Maintain your temper as well. Even if a student is losing control, you still need to maintain that authority in the classroom. Try talking in a calm, even voice. It may keep the student from being belligerent and set them at ease.Try addressing the root of the situation, the root of the problem. Perhaps there's a situation going on at home that's affecting how the student acts in your classroom. Try contacting the parents to get to the root of the situation.Remember to be fair. Whether it's a student or a group, remember to listen to your students. They may have a valid concern. Discipline is a process where both the students and the teachers can learn something.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.