In a perfect world, I would never have to deal with problems in my classroom, however, we do not live in a perfect world, and children are bound to do things that they shouldn’t. Here are some ways I would deal with discipline in my classroom:
- First of all, having a routine and a set of expectations that don’t change ensures that all children will know what is expected of them. They will also know what is going to happen, and know what to expect on a day to day basis. This will eliminate some of the opportunity for children to get into things they shouldn’t.
- Having well planned days and a variety of activities that engage all types of learners will help to keep students engaged. While play is essential in Primary Grades, and opportunities for choice are important, when too much of that is provided and there is not enough guided activities children lose interest and can sometimes find themselves getting into trouble.
- Making sure that my rules are simple and easy to understand are also important to avoid confusion and misunderstanding.
- In order for children succeed in my class its important that they feel valued and like they are an important member of the class community. Encouraging mutual respect and healthy relationships will also be an integral part of my classroom discipline. This is also a pro-active, rather than a reactive form of discipline and may help to stop some problems before they even arise.
One tool that I have seen used very effectively are similar to the picture on the side, it is easy to move a child’s peg with their name on it up or down based on how they are behaving, without having to stop a lesson, or make a big scene. This kind of chart can be simplified to simply using happy faces based on the grade that I would find myself in. Everyday these reset and students can try again. If a student reaches red happy face and the orange square that says keep trying then a note would go home to parents. If they were to get to the red square or the being on the red face didn’t help then students may need to go to the office for a break.