Classroom Discipline Tips for Children & Youth Workers, Sunday School & Other Bible Teachers

Plan for the effects of changing weather patterns, holidays, or other breaks in routine.

Be aware of the effects of change or anticipated events on your students. These events can arouse excitement and sometimes stress in your pupils. You may find them to be more easily distracted than normal. It may be harder to keep them focused. They could be more talkative than usual. And, you may experience an increase in activity --an inability to sit still.
Be able to identify the intruders. Upcoming holidays and changing weather patterns are easy to identify but events occurring in the personal lives of your students are not so obvious. A good teacher-parent relationship is key. Function as a team. Keep parents informed of what is going on in the classroom and ask that they do the same for you regarding the child's personal life. This kind of cooperation takes time and effort to develop but it is worth the effort. The less unknowns you have, the better you will be able to manage the classroom.
Finally, be prepared to meet the challenge. Knowing the effects these changes can have, develop a plan to meet your students where they are.
If it is something affecting the whole group, such as a holiday or the weather . . .

  • incorporate a more active methodology than usual
  • include lots of variety
  • keep segments shorter than usual to allow for shorter attention spans
  • structure to allow time for talking about the event

If something affects just one individual, you probably won't restructure your entire lesson but you can . . .

  • plan to be more sensitive and understanding toward that child
  • be alert for opportunities to give that child a little extra attention or perhaps some space as the occasion may require

Related Training Resource:
Intruders in the Classroom that Steal & Vandalize: Holidays & Other Special Events

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(Last updated 4/01/17)

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