DISCIPLINE FROM AN ADMINISTRATOR’S  POINT OF VIEW William Allan Kritsonis, PhD
“ 99.9% of an administrator’s time is spent on discipline.” Dr. Arthur Petterway
With administrators, discipline begins with the Student Code of Conduct.  Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code identifie...
As far as administrators are concerned, they would prefer that teachers would do a better job of classroom management.  Th...
WHERE DISCIPLINE STARTS  <ul><li>Determine the level of the infraction  </li></ul><ul><li>(All Level 1 infractions should ...
TEACHER DO’S AND DON’TS <ul><li>Teachers should make sure their classroom rules are posted  </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers sho...
ADMINISTRATOR  DO’S AND DON’T’S <ul><li>Administrators should respond to teacher’s requests quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Admi...
I am currently serving as an Administrative Intern at my school, so I’m aware of the “us” v. “them” argument.  The more ac...
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  1. 1. DISCIPLINE FROM AN ADMINISTRATOR’S POINT OF VIEW William Allan Kritsonis, PhD
  2. 2. “ 99.9% of an administrator’s time is spent on discipline.” Dr. Arthur Petterway
  3. 3. With administrators, discipline begins with the Student Code of Conduct. Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code identifies what disciplinary actions should be applied, and the rules and regulations for applying them.
  4. 4. As far as administrators are concerned, they would prefer that teachers would do a better job of classroom management. Then, it would be easier for them to discipline the really difficult cases of misbehavior.
  5. 5. WHERE DISCIPLINE STARTS <ul><li>Determine the level of the infraction </li></ul><ul><li>(All Level 1 infractions should be handled by the teacher) </li></ul><ul><li>Have a conference with the student </li></ul><ul><li>If the student continues to misbehave, call their parent or guardian </li></ul><ul><li>Arrange a conference with the student and their guardian </li></ul><ul><li>At the next instance of misbehavior, the student’s assistant principal should be contacted </li></ul><ul><li>Only in emergency cases should a student be sent to their AP without the teacher making a phone call home first </li></ul>When a student commits an infraction, the teacher has several different options to respond.
  6. 6. TEACHER DO’S AND DON’TS <ul><li>Teachers should make sure their classroom rules are posted </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers should establish procedures for everything that happens in their classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers should respond respectfully, even when dealing with a student who misbehaves frequently </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers should never put students in the hallway for any type of infraction w/o paperwork </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers should not condemn the student, but their behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers should not play “favorites” when administering discipline </li></ul>
  7. 7. ADMINISTRATOR DO’S AND DON’T’S <ul><li>Administrators should respond to teacher’s requests quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Administrators should support teachers in their efforts in student discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Administrators should follow the Student Code of Conduct and the Texas Education Code at all times </li></ul><ul><li>Administrators should pay special attention to see to it that each student that deserves “due process” receives it </li></ul><ul><li>Administrators should not suppress student’s free speech rights without research </li></ul><ul><li>Administrators should not use corporal punishment to discipline students </li></ul>
  8. 8. I am currently serving as an Administrative Intern at my school, so I’m aware of the “us” v. “them” argument. The more active in my internship I become, the more “them” I get accused of being. I talked to a couple of teachers over the last couple of days about some disciplinary issues they were having. One wanted to know how a student who cursed him out that morning could be back in his classroom the same afternoon. The other had a procedural issue about student hall passes and how they are used. I can see that an administrator’s day is filled with decisions, and most of them about discipline. To combat feelings of lack of discipline at the beginning of the school year I will go over the code of conduct with the teachers, and also let them know what is expected of them during the disciplinary process. This would hopefully eliminate misunderstandings, and not have teachers feeling as if the disciplinary process is a waste of time. The more involved teachers are in the disciplinary process in the beginning, the better the disciplinary process will work, leading to happier teachers, and a better learning environment.

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