Successful Tips for Handling All Levels of Discipline Problems
Due to unforseen circumstances, I have not been able to post regularly this week. A dear friend and colleague who was a brilliant poet and literary scholar suddenly passed away on Wednesday morning, leaving my family and I bereft of a strong emotional connection. She was a strong part of our son’s life I have been struggling to understand life without her. I spent many hours writing in my journal hoping to get rid of the “poison” in my system.
Her name was Candice Ward and her last book of poems was entitled, The Moon Sees the One (2006).
Coping with this loss had deepened my appreciation for life and through this revelation, I came up with several conclusions that we as teachers, can apply to our work especially at this time of the year as we are settling with certain routines and building connections:
1. Children as well as adults need to be recognized for the important things they do every day. This means we need to build opportunities that build self-esteem in our students instead of pulling them down. Tests, for example, when they are used for the sole purpose of collecting evidence, don’t give a a well-rounded profile. Instead, provide tasks that support a positive learning environment
2. Establish a trusting and nurturing relationship with students. Assume that a student did try his/her very best and wants to succeed. Be that student’s fan club and especially if s/he is the class clown. You’ll be surprised how a change in your attitude can help change how this “class clown” perceives his/her “new environment.” Now, he is not so threatened by his peers because you’ve managed to neutralize the class dynamics.
3. Start every day with a clean slate. Our lessons are just a small part of our students’ lives. Research shows that much of a child’s learning occurs out of the classroom. think about it – if a child doesn’t have a good home life, positive learning won’t happen. Many of these students face obstacles that are unfathomable to us. forget how timothy behaved in Language Arts yesterday. Assume the best of every student and have the faith to also believe that eventually, s/he will come around. We just need to be patient.
4. Gather as much in-depth information you can about each student. Observe students (especially challenging ones) during recess and breaks. Talk to them. Understand what they like and what they don’t. Avoid interacting from your “spaces” but try to find creative ways to create a balance between the authority of a teacher and your own person.
I guarantee that your students will appreciate what you are doing even if they don’t say, “Thank you.”
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