What if my helper has a different way of handling the classroom? Do I have the right to impose my standards?
Effective classroom management mandates this right. Teachers who do not sit down with helpers to discuss this issue can expect two results.
- potential confusion on the part of the students
They may not understand why a given behavior is acceptable on one hand and not on the other.
- tendency of students to play one adult against the other
This is much like what happens when a child manipulates mom to get by dad or vice versa.
Ideally teachers should set aside time to meet with their prospective helpers before they start to assist in the classroom. Discipline strategy and other expectations should be discussed with the helper prior to commitment.
(Last updated 8/01/14)
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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