<ul><li>Discipline in Elementary Schools </li></ul><ul><li>How it Affects Everyone </li></ul><ul><li>Dana Reese </li></ul><ul><li>English 1105 </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Owens </li></ul><ul><li>September 6, 2009 </li></ul>
Parents and teachers should work together as a whole to decide on discipline plans for the children in the schools
<ul><li>A child who has discipline will be a better student, have better grades, and get along better with other students. </li></ul>
Children should know from the beginning that if they do something wrong they will be punished, and if they interrupt class by acting out that will also come with consequences. They should also have a reward for behaving in the appropriate manner.
<ul><li>Ask Americans what worries them most about the public schools, and the answer might surprise you: discipline. For several decades now, poll after poll shows it topping the list of parents' concerns. Recent news stories—from the Columbine massacre to Jesse Jackson's protests against the expulsion of six brawling Decatur, Illinois, high school students to the killing of one Flint, Michigan, six-year-old by another—guarantee that the issue won't lose its urgency any time soon </li></ul>
<ul><li>Hundreds of PreK-8 teachers from across the United States, Canada, and elsewhere participated in a survey that covers everything from classroom size, to teacher’s beliefs on punishment, and rewards. The median class size reported is somewhere between 16 and 23 students. The teachers responding work in a wide variety of socio-economic settings. </li></ul>
87% of teachers surveyed disagreed with the statement:’ rewards and punishments train children to be irresponsible' 45% of teachers surveyed have one or more of their students on individual behavior contracts 42% of teachers report that class meetings are an important component of their behavior management approach 75% of teachers surveyed have a written discipline plan with stated expectations and consequences 62% of teachers surveyed report that they involved their students in some way in creating their classroom rules 52% of teachers surveyed report that their school has a school- Wide discipline policy that spells out the rules and consequences 86% of teachers surveyed post their classroom rules on a wall or bulletin board in their classroom Hundreds Surveyed
Hundreds Interviewed 88% of teachers surveyed agreed with the statement: ‘ Intrinsic rewards alone are not enough to motivate many school-age children'. 64% of teachers surveyed disagreed with the statement: 'Teachers should use intrinsic rewards. Extrinsic rewards, like stickers, are bribes' 62% of teachers surveyed reward their students by table groups, teams, or rows to encourage good behavior 78% of teachers surveyed use whole-class rewards (rewards that the entire class earns) 68% of teachers surveyed disagreed with the statement: 'Punishing a child does not teach a child to be responsible'. 72% of teachers disagreed with the statement: 'Most of the punishment teachers give children is unnecessary'
<ul><li>There are many things parents and teachers should know about discipline such as discipline is not the same as punishment. Instead, discipline has to do more with teaching, and involves teaching your child right from wrong, how to respect the rights of others, which behaviors are acceptable and which are not, with a goal of helping to develop a child who feels secure and loved, is self-confident, self-disciplined and knows how to control his impulses, and who does not get overly frustrated with the normal stresses of everyday life </li></ul>
<ul><li>All children are different and have different temperaments and developmental levels and a style of discipline that may work with other children may not work with a certain one. Parents and teachers should also understand that how you behave when disciplining children will help to determine how children will behave or misbehave in the future. </li></ul>
<ul><li>It is normal for children </li></ul><ul><li>to test their limits </li></ul>
<ul><li>Discipline in elementary schools is such an important part of a Childs first school experience. </li></ul>