Saturday, April 16, 2011

Discipline part 1(Foundation)

Hello,

                Wintermute here and this is Dumbr. We will start a new segment called Discipline. Discipline is one of the hardest parts of being a teacher. I don’t want to brag, but this is one area where I really excelled at, my students were well behaved, listened, and always followed instructions.  But how do we turn our rugrats into well mannered English spouters?

                Children need structure; this is first and foremost, the only way they will learn right from wrong is through repetition. Through continual trial and errors they will learn how far is too far and when to stop. You need to set up the rules, whatever they may be, and always follow them, so that the children know, if I do A, than B will happen. Never change the rules as this will confuse them, it needs to be the same every time with every student.

No Yelling: The big number one no-no, never yell. Okay sure, yelling will work the first time, and the second, heck maybe even the third time. But by the fourth time its power has completely worn off, the students will sit there going oh, that’s just teacher, he always yells. They will learn nothing comes from it, no consequence, just you yelling. Worst part is, they will never take you seriously, so say they are doing something minor and you want them to stop, well they won’t until you get angry and yell, which means you will spend your whole day yelling. What’s next, we all know how much children love to imitate others, monkey see monkey do, well guess what your yelling has started. Use yelling in the most extreme and rare occasions. In all my time teaching I have only yelled once, let me tell you those kids flipped and never did wrong again.

Time out: So what can you do if you can’t yell at them? Plenty. Why does anybody do anything they know is wrong? For attention, the student wants you to get angry; they want you to notice them, the more attention you give them, the more they will act up, and other students will follow suit. They will see that you spend more time with the bad than the good. We want to do the opposite. Now I’m not saying completely ignore the bad kids, but separate them from the main group for a little while. Something simple like putting them in the corner for one minute will do wonders; the kid will want to be with his friends having fun. Remember monkey see monkey do? I had twins who loved to put other kids in the corner when they were upset.

Thank you for being here and for your continued support. Be sure to come back tomorrow for more tips on how to keep your students in check.

Your Teacher,
Wintermute

31 comments:

  1. Very neat. Will be waiting for future posts.

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  2. our teacher always sent us outside the classroom, but we just went to buy candy then... ah good times...

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  3. I never respected teachers that would lose their tempers and start yelling, always seemed childish.

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  4. Good insight on how to run a classroom.

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  5. Very interesting post, followed

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  6. My teacher used to shout at me everyday, it was horrible

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  7. That is one of the things which separates good teachers from bad ones. Like you said, yelling doesn't work in the long run.

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  8. This is a pretty interesting blog

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  9. My teacher used to shout at me everyday, it was horrible

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  10. I always had the impression that teachers in Asian countries would yell at the kids if they didn't show the proper 'respect'

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  11. "Children need structure"
    I think structure is also missing in a LOT of households (Esspsially in the West). I also belive it is a major reason for so many kids not having respect towards other kids and elders.

    As allways, Top Notch post! Thank you

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  12. its hard to raise children... There is no best way!

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  13. There is a fine line for discipline. Do it to much your a bad teach do it to little your a pushover. Handling the problem kids ahead of time can usually avoid having to discipline.

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  14. thats some good info, im make sure not to be the "he always yells" guy. I think this is one of the most important parts of dealing with kids.

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  15. i agree with your points on yelling

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  16. This is really helpful especially for those who are going to be teacher in the near future. (:
    Thank you!

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  17. I agree with you that yelling will not work after several times because the kids get used to it.

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  18. awesome stuff man, i love it ;D

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  19. these are some good rules. do you ever lose it and yell anyway?

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  20. nice post! you've got yourself a new follower

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  21. Good point about yelling. I had a teacher back in middle school that was way past his prime unfortunately and was so easily irritated all the time that he just couldn't control his class once the nerves got frayed.

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  22. the no screaming part is so true! in middle school the teacher everybody respected the most never raised his voice to more than just a whisper.

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  23. I have this relation to my swedish & religion teacher that I don't want to disappoint him. I feel as if I have to get good results because otherwise I'd let him down. It's almost more important to impress him than my parents :S

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  24. I have had teachers and employers like that before, I did good because I liked them not because I felt I had to.

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