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Better Discipline & Classroom Management Start Here
A Mini-Guide to Improving School and Classroom Discipline
The top question we get at Live Expert Help here on our site (click the icon at the bottom right of each page) is "How do I get kids to behave in the classroom?"
Often, that elementary or secondary teacher or counselor is looking for new classroom management discipline methods and plans that will better engender appropriate behavior in their setting. Often, that teacher or counselor does not like our answer.
Our answer is that discipline and consequences are often ineffective. Yes, every classroom needs both, but alone, they don't work.
Alone? Yes, if you have a classroom discipline and consequence structure set up, but have not first taught your students the skills, motivation and attitudes that they need to perform the desired behaviors, you will almost certainly find your classroom management and discipline is ineffective.
Surprising? Probably. Distressing? Sure. But read on, because your classroom management and discipline solution is waiting for you just below.
This mini-guide can help you turnaround even your most serious and frustrating classroom management problems starting right now.
Here's why you may be struggling with successful classroom management and discipline in your elementary, middle, or high school. Children and youth often can not do behaviors that they were never taught.
Further, those youngsters who have bad attitudes and no motivation may have no interest in performing to your satisfaction. Yet, teaching students to have the desired skills, motivation and attitude is almost universally over-looked at most schools.
If you want to remedy that oversight and improve your classroom management, here are the essential elements that must preface or accompany your discipline and consequences:
Strategies to Improve School & Classroom Discipline
Discipline Strategy #1
Years ago, families taught their offspring the basic skills required in school and other settings. Now, many students have never been taught the necessary nuts-and-bolts behaviors that are essential to functioning.
They may see bad behavior at home and bring it with them to your site. That's why many youth seem to have no sense of acceptable anger control, verbiage, or personal space and distance.
Set up any discipline and consequences you want, but if the child lacks the key skills to comply, discipline can't make much difference.
Discipline Strategy #2
If a child has a negative attitude about your site, that's likely to be reflected in problematic conduct. Discipline usually can't compel a child to change, but adjusting the child's attitude to be more positive, can create results that by comparison, seem almost magical.
We have so many varied, exciting interventions that can build motivation and improved attitudes in even the most apathetic, unmotivated students.
This approach is so different from any other classroom management tactic that you must see it in action to appreciate how powerful it can be. This discipline approach using compelling techniques to transform bored students into motivated ones.
When students believe that school is more important than the air they breathe, they often behave much better. Our Maximum-Strength Motivation-Makers book is a fast source of truly unique, state-of-the-art motivational methods that can transform the disinterest, and ultimately improve student behavior and discipline.
Discipline Strategy #3
Want Discipline? Teach Skills– and Attitudes and Motivation
If you want to stop classroom management and discipline problems now, here's what you need to stop doing. Stop looking for the right consequence or discipline structure, and focus on building skills, motivation and attitude. All the consequences in the world can't compel a child to do behavior they lack the skills, attitude and motivation to do.
Discipline Strategy #4
The Secret to Effective Discipline is Teaching Skills, Motivation and Attitude
Here's the secret to classroom management that works. You need to switch your focus from searching for a magic classroom management or discipline formula to building the school skills, motivation and attitude your kids need to become students. This is a completely different, but tested way of implementing successful classroom management, but it works.
It's very important for you to note that teaching skills does not mean re-stating the rules. It means teaching school skills just like you teach math skills or science skills. When it comes to skills, motivation and attitude, skills may be the most important of the three. There are so many critical school skills to teach, here's just a few to start with:
You work no magic on an absent student. Attendance may be the single most important skill that most schools and agencies never teach.
Worse, if a student doesn't show up, and is suspended, does that assist the child to improve his attendance? Not at all. What works infinitely better: Teach all students the attendance skills they need, then perhaps they will acquire the skills to improve.
Without skills, suspension or other discipline can't overcome the fact that the child hasn't set her alarm, or doesn't know where her bus pass is.
If you can't communicate with the child, how can you provide your service? Teaching students to have "ears on teacher" is a basic concept that many schools have forgotten to teach.
Discipline can't turn back the clock and compensate for the reality that the child never heard you in the first place.
If the eyes are elsewhere, you may find it hard to communicate. "Eyes on teacher" should be universally taught, but is not. If the eyes aren't tracking, sanctions won't remedy that on-going gap in skills, but skill-building can.
Discipline Strategy #5
Other Key Initial Skills to Teach First
Remember to teach: Anger control, and properly managing fists, legs, arms, mouth, and actions.
You also need to teach homework management, what to wear to school, what to bring to school, how to behave in a classroom discussion, how often to talk, when to talk, how to talk, and so on.
Unless you teach these skills, you may never see the desired behavior in your classroom no matter what rules, consequences, management and discipline policies you set.
Kids are not born instant students. Kids only become students when you teach them the skills they need to look, act, and sound like students.
Discipline Strategy #6
The Most Powerful Classroom Management Weapon Teachers Overlook: Motivation
No, students don't have to be negative, bored, absent, disinterested, and apathetic. We have the motivation-makers to prove that statement.
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If you want to have better classroom management and discipline, you must first teach motivation, motivation, motivation.
Find hundreds more motivational posters on our site. You don't need to buy the poster. Just use the phrase or implement the activity pictured on each poster. It's a lightening fast way to learn new, dynamic motivaitonal strategies very quickly. And, best of all, motivated students are students that can be more readily disciplined.