The solution to discipline problems is more obvious when you get to the root cause of the child's behavior.
It is impossible to foresee all that could go wrong. When working with children, expect the unexpected.
You cannot assume all children will act and react the same. Certain variables may differ from child to child:
Yet there are some constants evidenced in all children:
When dealing with specific situations, all these factors should be considered ... both the variable and constant ... to determine what is at the root of that particular misbehavior. Do not assume that the underlying cause will be the same for each child.
If you can get to the root of the problem, the solution will be more obvious. You will be able to better help the individual. Your discipline efforts will have a more long term effect.
(Last updated 4/01/14)
For more training to help you with Classroom Discipline:
Read more 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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