Make sure your students know
what is expected of them.
State the rules at the beginning of a new school year. Restate them, sporadically, throughout the year.
- When addressing a behavioral problem or affirming good behavior, include a statement of the rule in the way you express yourself.
- Post the rules in the classroom in a positive way.
- Inform parents, through a meeting or in a letter, of your goals and the rules established to help accomplish those objectives. Solicit their help in encouraging their children to know and obey the rules.
Obviously you will not be able to state a rule for every possible scenario. Rules should be:
broad enough to be inclusive of a wide range of behaviors
but specific enough for behavior to be measured.
Consistent reference to these principles in a variety of settings will help students comprehend their meaning.
Of course, stating your expectations is not enough. You must consistently enforce them as well. Otherwise you are sending mixed signals to the children and they still won't know what is expected of them. Keep in mind that sometimes misbehavior is simply to find out where the teacher draws the line. Do not keep moving the line. If you do, you are inviting discipline problems.
(Last updated 10/01/16)
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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