Classroom Discipline Tips
For Children & Youth Workers,
Sunday School & Other Bible Teachers
Choose discipline methods wisely.
Some teachers look for a magical formula to cure all their difficulties with discipline. They hope for a "one-size fits all" approach -- something easy, something that won't require much effort.
While certain methods and styles may seem to work, their long-range effect must be brought into question. Do they lead to the biblical objective in discipline? Do they have a lasting impact? Do they line up with God's character and ways?
Choose discipline methods wisely. Consider the points made in the following tips when determining how you should handle a situation.
- Minister to the needs of each individual.
- Treat your students with dignity and respect.
- Put a high premium on relationship.
- Try to determine the root cause of the misbehavior.
- Compensate for individual differences among students.
- Be careful you aren't reinforcing negative behavior.
- What works for one child may not work for another.
- "Time-out" does not work in all situations.
- Sometimes it is appropriate to ignore misbehavior.
- To be heard you must be consistent.
For more training to help you with Classroom Discipline:
Read more tips in the Handbook on the Basics of Classroom Discipline.
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:
- 5 Key Elements in an Approach to Classroom Discipline
- An Umbrella for Classroom Discipline
- Classroom Discipline Must Get Beyond
- Dealing with Discipline Problems
- Hidden Messages in Disciplining
- Ten Things Not to Say When Disciplining
(Last updated 3/01/14)