Teachers and Classroom Discipline
By Alan Haskvitz
Before meaningful instruction can take place a teacher needs to establish a safe learning environment. This is often difficult for a variety of reasons from lack of parental involvement, to drug use, to personality disorders. Regardless of the cause, the most important thing is for school policy to be followed. That policy should include the philosophy behind the rules, the person or group responsible for implementing the policy, the solutions, and possible interventions and other actions.
Although the law impacts major discipline issues, the main concern for the teacher is to follow the rules and, hopefully, find ideas that work before they become an administrative matter. Obviously, there is not one answer to all discipline problems and so flexibility is important. Adding to that factor is the need to communicate and consistence of rule enforcement. With all that in mind, it is no wonder that teachers could use some extra help. As such, here are some resources that can prove to be invaluable to all teachers when dealing with these discipline problems.
Classroom Management and Discipline Sites
Classroom Discipline Help
Tips for new teachers
Student discipline and the new teacher
An interesting article about the frustrations of teaching, especially without a good preparation program.
General articles from teachers
Teachers are always the best sources for information on student discipline.
American Federation of Teachers
Suggestions and tips
Teacher to teacher suggestions
Short slide show on essence of student discipline
Suggested Reading List
Good start for setting up a program
Research on Discipline
Simplified explanation of needed steps to follow
Guide to School Discipline
An example of a school district code
From Canada: A Zero Tolerance Program
Washington State Booklet for Parents
Excellent collection of teacher ideas and articles
There are a wide variety of relevant videos on YouTube.
A lot of junk, too. Worth a quick scan, a very quick scan.
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