Classroom Discipline Tips for Children & Youth Workers, Sunday School & Other Bible Teachers
Treat your students with dignity and respect.
Truth: All people are loved by God. (Jn. 3:16)
Truth: All people are lavished with His mercy and grace even though they are depraved. (Eph. 2:4-8)
Truth: All people are important to God. (Ps. 139:17-18)
Truth: All people are superior to and of much greater value than any of His other creation. (Gen. 1:28; Ps. 8:3-8; Matt. 10:29-31)
All people includes children and teenagers -- no matter how obnoxious, rude, or apathetic they may act. Children are even singled out by Jesus as precious in His sight (Mk. 10:13-16). Consequently, children and youth, along with the rest of mankind, must be treated with dignity and respect.
What this means to the teacher is that just because your students are children, you do not have the right to manipulate or dominate them. In disciplining them, watch for tactics that ridicule, demean, or put them down. Don't purposely make a spectacle of them in front of others. When possible, deal with problems privately.
Demonstrate God's heart toward your students. As you do, they will come to better understand His love and grace. And, as an added benefit, they will probably come to show respect to you in return.
(Last updated 2/01/17)
For more training to help you with Classroom Discipline:
Read other tips in the Handbook on the Basics of Classroom Discipline.
Or, go beyond by using the Effectively Handling Classroom Discipline Workbook.
Learn the difference between Biblical Authority versus the Authoritarian and Permissive Teachers Worksheet and the implications for your teaching.
Think through the challenges, causes, corrective measures, and ways to circumvent 56 different discipline issues using the one page sheets in the Discipline Issues: What to Do About Specific Challenges resource.
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