Teachers and Classroom Discipline

by Alan Haskvitz

National Teachers Hall of Fame

Classroom discipline if probably the most difficult thing for a teacher to master. However, although it may be tiresome there are a few rules that might provide help. First, don’t be a buddy. Secondly, contact the parents frequently for all reasons, good and bad. Third, talk with other teachers about your concerns. It is not a sign of weakness to ask for ideas. Fourth, avoid putting a student or yourself in a corner. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask administration for help. This all sounds so easy, but it never is and there are many times when you go home and can’t leave your work at school. I suggest you check out the stress sites below as well as keep a diary of what happens each day at school, good or not so good. At the end of the school year take a look at what you have written. It may reveal some insights into what worked and what didn’t but more importantly it might just reveal that you may have let a few bad days nullify a lot of bright ones.

Here are some good resources that provide a lot of valuable ideas.

Stress sites

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/teacher_stress.html

New Teacher Help

http://www.reacheverychild.com/newteach/index.html

Resources for teachers in all areas

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/new_resources_for_teach.html

Horace Mann offers valuable services in case of an assault

http://horacemann.com/html/disability/darp.html

What is your classroom management style?

Take the test.

http://education.indiana.edu/cas/tt/v1i2/what.html

How to use your time between classes and in the classroom to help control problems.

http://www.foothill.net/~moorek/transitions.html

Set limits

How to use your voice and body to control classes.

http://www.foothill.net/~moorek/limitsetting.html

Teaching responsibility

http://www.foothill.net/~moorek/responsibilitytraining.html

Dr. Mac’s site

You must go here and see the oodles of ideas,

http://www.behavioradvisor.com/

Over 400 links to behavior and class management sites

http://drwilliampmartin.tripod.com/classm.html

How to make rules

http://ss.uno.edu/ss/New/CMRules.html

Dealing with the student who does not care

http://www.foothill.net/~moorek/omissiontraining.html

An excellent review of the literature. Check out the summary and what works and does not work.

http://www.nwrel.org/scpd/sirs/5/cu9.html

Controlling escalating behavior problems and possible interventions

http://www.foothill.net/~moorek/escalating.html

Avoiding verbal confrontations

http://www.foothill.net/~moorek/backtalk.html

Some good insights from a young teacher including grading ideas.

http://www.middleweb.com/INCASEdiscsteps.html

Ways to check your program and see if it is working

http://www.foothill.net/~moorek/managementsystems.html

You can handle them all

A terrific site with over 100 potential behavior problems and ides on how to handle them.

http://www.disciplinehelp.com/

Example of letter sent home at start of year.

http://www.ueatexas.com/Links/Classroom_Help/Letter_to_Parents_Regarding_Discipline/H_Letter_to_Parents_Regarding_Discipline.html

A nice compilation of information from setting up the classroom to meeting with parents.
http://www.pacificnet.net/~mandel/ClassroomManagement.html

Importance of time on task

http://www.foothill.net/~moorek/timeontask.html


School safety links

http://ss.uno.edu/ss/homepages/SchlSafe.html

Advise from veteran teachers.

No holds barred here.

http://www.middleweb.com/INCASEDiscpl.html

Huge array of classroom management links

http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/archives/classmanagement.shtml

Ideas about bathroom breaks

http://www.teachnet.com/how-to/manage/cantwait011399.html

Talking about sex in a non-health classroom

http://education.indiana.edu/cas/tt/v1i3/dealing.html

Class rules

Examples for each grade level.

http://www.gigglepotz.com/expectations.htm

Ten activities for creating classroom rules

http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson274.shtml

Information on bullying

http://members.aol.com/kthynoll/schools.htm

Large selection about dealing with bullying

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/bullying.html

Positive Reinforcement site

Has examples and a quiz.

http://psych.athabascau.ca/html/prtut/reinpair.htm

Rules for working with Paraeducators

http://para.unl.edu/para/Behavior/lesson2.html

Teachers’ organization provides information on behavior and when to contact an attorney.

http://www.ueatexas.com/Links/Classroom_Help/Links_Classroom_help.html

How to document student behavior

http://www.foothill.net/~moorek/documentingbehavior.html

Tattletales

http://www.teachnet.com/how-to/manage/tattling100600.html

Management problems for children with special traits such as ADD

http://www.healthyplace.com/Communities/parenting/elaine/mgt.html

Classroom adjustments for special education

http://www.ldonline.org/ld_indepth/teaching_techniques/class_manage.html

Working with shy students

http://www.ericfacility.net/ericdigests/ed402070.html

Frequently asked questions

http://www.cortland.edu/flteach/FAQ/FAQ-Discipline.html

Classroom Management and Discipline Sites

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/discipline.html

Classroom Discipline Help

http://www.reacheverychild.com/newteach/index.html

Tips for new teachers

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/new_resources_for_teach.html

Student discipline and the new teacher

An interesting article about the frustrations of teaching, especially without a good preparation program.

http://www.middleweb.com/INCASEDiscpl.html

General articles from teachers

Teachers are always the best sources for information on student discipline.

http://studentdiscipline.suite101.com/

American Federation of Teachers

Suggestions and tips

http://www.aft.org/topics/discipline/tips.pdf

Teacher to teacher suggestions

http://studentdiscipline.suite101.com/

Short slide show on essence of student discipline

http://www.slideshare.net/LATTC/student-discipline-1873546

Suggested Reading List

Good start for setting up a program

http://teacherpathfinder.org/Support/discipline.html

Research on Discipline

http://www.nwrel.org/archive/sirs/5/cu9.html

Simplified explanation of needed steps to follow

http://schoolwidediscipline.com/

Guide to School Discipline

http://www.mathguide.com/services/Discipline/

An example of a school district code

http://teched.vt.edu/VCTTE/VCTTEMonographs/VCTTEMono2(Discipline).html

From Canada: A Zero Tolerance Program

http://www.safehealthyschools.org/whatsnew/capzerotolerance.htm

Washington State Booklet for Parents

http://www.governor.wa.gov/oeo/publications/manual_discipline_public_schools.pdf

Excellent collection of teacher ideas and articles

http://www.theteachersguide.com/ClassManagement.htm

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