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.
New Teacher Help
Resources for teachers in all areas
Horace Mann offers valuable services in case of an assault
What is your classroom management style?
Take the test.
How to use your time between classes and in the classroom to help control problems.
How to use your voice and body to control classes.
Dr. Mac’s site
You must go here and see the oodles of ideas,
Over 400 links to behavior and class management sites
How to make rules
Dealing with the student who does not care
An excellent review of the literature. Check out the summary and what works and does not work.
Controlling escalating behavior problems and possible interventions
Avoiding verbal confrontations
Some good insights from a young teacher including grading ideas.
Ways to check your program and see if it is working
You can handle them all
A terrific site with over 100 potential behavior problems and ides on how to handle them.
Example of letter sent home at start of year.
A nice compilation of information from setting up the classroom to meeting with parents.
Importance of time on task
School safety links
Advise from veteran teachers.
No holds barred here.
Huge array of classroom management links
Ideas about bathroom breaks
Talking about sex in a non-health classroom
Examples for each grade level.
Ten activities for creating classroom rules
Information on bullying
Large selection about dealing with bullying
Positive Reinforcement site
Has examples and a quiz.
Rules for working with Paraeducators
Teachers’ organization provides information on behavior and when to contact an attorney.
How to document student behavior
Management problems for children with special traits such as ADD
Classroom adjustments for special education
Working with shy students
Frequently asked questions
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