How do we as teachers, discipline a child?
• Do you remember the kid in your elementary class who was
always getting in trouble? The kid who could never grasp the
concept of behaving in the classroom? Discipline in the
classroom is still an issue today. Spankings at the principals
office is a thing of the past. Today if a teacher speaks the
wrong way to a student, they have done something wrong. So
what action do we take as educators, when a student is not
willing to cooperate?
The question of how to discipline is
hard to answer. The author of the
website below has some tips.
This website show tips on how to handle post-
secondary students when it comes to
Best discipline strategies for
the preschool classroom
Helium is a great website where viewers can post their personal experiences
and opinions. I found articles on discipline in a preschool setting.
“It might take a while to
teach a preschooler
because they may be
used to having the reign
of the house or daycare.”
Teachers share their opinions on how to discipline their students in preschool.
Preschool discipline cont…
From a Helium author, I have learned to take time with
preschoolers. Young children may be used to being in control at their
home or their former daycare.
I also learned to keep a fixed schedule. If something is out of
order, children will notice and will probably panic. If children are
expecting a particular activity, they will be better prepared and will
probably cooperate better.
Consequences must also be consistent. This lets the child
know what to expect when it comes to their actions. Sometimes a one
on one conversation is the best way to get a child to calm down. Keep
time out as a last resort. Quiet time has been shown to help a child
relax and possible think of what they have done wrong.
Discipline in Secondary School
Melissa Kelly posts her experience with high school students and provides us with
ten discipline tips.
“If one day you ignore misbehaviors
and the next day you jump on
someone for the smallest
infraction, your students will quickly
lose respect for you.”- Melissa Kelly
Discipline in Secondary School cont…
1. Start the year off with a plan.
2. Be fair with every student.
3. Deal with disruptions immediately.
4. Minimize confrontations in front of students.
5. Laughter is good.
6. Let them know your expectations.
7. Minimize free time.
8. Be consistent.
9. Be clear with your rules.
10. Start fresh everyday.
Melissa Kelly on About.com
Personal Reflection for Both Preschool
and Secondary Discipline
I will be working with younger children and I will have to remember children
come from a house where they are probably allowed to play freely and who
probably aren’t used to sitting for long periods of time, especially with other
children their age.
Patience will be tested in a kindergarten classroom.
I have not been out of high school for very long, but I remember teachers
who were and who were not consistent with discipline. Some teachers gave
students one chance, others only enforced rules when they were having a
Discipline Techniques That Backfire
Linda Albert surveyed dozens of teachers, asking them what methods have
backfired for them.
Here’s a few
attacking the student’s character
using physical force
drawing unrelated persons into the conflict
having a double standard — making students do what I say, not what
mimicking the student
making comparisons with siblings or other students
Reflection to backfire techniques
Overall, these techniques would make
the teacher seem childish. I have not
seen a teacher try to enforce rules with
techniques such as getting in the last
word, insisting they are right, or
physical force. If a teacher tried using
one of these techniques, their interest
is not in the student.
Albert, Linda. “Techniques that Backfire.” Discipline By Design. www.
Kelly, Melissa. “Top 10 Tips for Classroom Discipline and Management.”
About.com: Secondary Education.
MommyofTwo. “Best discipline strategies for the preschool classroom.”