Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Few Other Tips About Discipline

Dr. William Glasser in his book Quality School gives some thoughts about discipline that would be wise to remember:
  • It's always what we want at the time--survival, love/belonging, freedom/choice, power, fun-- that causes our behavior. That which we get from the outside--threats or rewards--is only information.
  • Kicking students out of class or school does not deal with the basic problem or achieve what needs to happen which is getting them involved in quality learning.
  • It's best to deal with disruptive students without notifying parents. We should strive to only contact parents to tell them positive things.
  • When there is a problem with a student or students don't waste time trying to find fault or blame. It doesn't really matter.
  • When confronted with a disruptive student, don't threaten, get angry, or sulk and take it personally.
  • Stay calm when dealing with a disruptive student so as not to focus on what the student said or did no matter how out of order.

These tips are easier said than done but they are all worth incorporating the best we can...and our best will keep getting better.

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