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.