What works for one child may not work for another!
Two children can be engaging in the same behavior for different reasons. One may be looking for attention and the other may be trying to gain power. What works to correct the first child may serve to increase belligerence in the other.
Teachers need to develop an understanding of human behavior. What motivates a particular behavior plays a major role in how to discipline. Motivational factors can come out of personality traits, upbringing, traumatic life experiences, unmet needs, and age level development factors.
Proverbs 22:6 literally reads "train up a child according to his way." In other words, work with the individual child's bent or inclinations.
Some pointers to help you do this:
- Be sensitive to the climate of your class. Be observant and knowledgeable of what is happening with the class as a whole and with individual students.
- Be ready for situations. When you observe possible differences, think through ahead of time what you could do if something happens. Better yet, think through how you can prevent something from happening.
- Build relationships with individuals within the class. Do not just look at the class as a whole.
- Accept each child for who he/she is. Do not expect them to act and react the same.
(Last updated 1/01/15)
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.
And, click below to read helpful articles on classroom discipline: