Ronald Morrish’sReal Discipline Students do not enter school knowing how to behave responsibly, nor do they learn self-discipline from experience alone. To acquire these essential skills, they need supportive guidance from enlightened, caring teachers.
Morrish: Choice has Failed Does not demand proper behavior from students. Requires teachers to bargain and negotiate with students. Does not teach students how they are supposed to behave.
Real Discipline is… a lot more than simply giving choices to children and then dealing with the aftermath. We have to teach them right from wrong. We have to teach them to respect legitimate authority. We have to teach them the lesson that have been learned by others and by ourselves. Then, and only then will we enjoy watching them develop into adults.
Phase 1: Training for Compliance Should be a Non-thinking activity. Students should comply automatically and habitually. Rules and Compliance You don’t have rules unless you can enforce them. Insistence is the best strategy for enforcing rules. Limits and Compliance Never give students a choice when it comes to limits. Bargaining shifts the power to the students Authority and Compliance Reestablish teacher as the authority Respect first, appreciation second
Phase 2: Teaching Students How to Behave Teacher sets the classroom rules Quickly teach rules through explanation, demonstration, practice, and corrective feedback. Students must be taught what to do Direct instruction and carefully supervised practice Don’t scold or punish. Instead have them redo the behavior in an acceptable manner and continue to practice it.
Phase 3: Managing Student Choice Develop greater independence by providing more choice as students prove they are able to handle choice Choice must have limits and compliance If students don’t care much about outcome of a goal, they should not be allowed to make choices about it. Teachers make decisions for students until they begin to sincerely care
Phase 3: Managing Student Choice Independence requires balancing personal rights with responsibility The rights and needs of others must be taken into account Students should look at every unsupervised situation as an opportunity to demonstrate personal responsibility
Moorish on Independence Independence is not “doing your own thing” Independence is doing what is right when you are own your own.
Table Talk What would it be like to be a student in Moorish’s Classroom? What would it be like to be a teacher using Real Discipline?
Gimme Five! Five Fabulous Tricks, Tips, and Tools for Today’s Teacher Today’s Five Challenge Children’s Literature Curriculum Connection Content Resource Computer Tool
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Physical Environment A well-ventilated room Glare free lighting Colorful and informative bulletin boards A clean and orderly room Private spaces for students Visibility from all areas of the room Compatible seatmates Match of layout with teaching style
Meeting Individual Differences Differentiated Assignments Grouping Choices and Decisions Realistic Expectations Capitalizing on Interests
Instruction Focus Attention Avoid Over-Dwelling and Fragmentation Practice Kounin’sWithitness Variety and Group Alerting Overlappingness Smooth Transitions Know When to Stop Check for Understanding
Emotional ObjectivityFocus on the behavior and the causes.Do Not Personalize.Do Not Blame. Remain Positive.
Entering and Exiting the Classroom Beginning and Ending the Day Materials Storage and Distribution Bathroom and Water Fountain Permission Movement within the Room Getting Help Hand Raising Noise Control Free Time Collection, Distribution, and Labeling of Papers Instructional Management