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ERIC Number: ED138576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Let's Put Classroom Discipline Back in the Basics.
Sanders, John
This paper emphasizes the importance of classroom discipline and offers suggestions that may be helpful to teachers facing behavior problems. Proceeding on the assumption that pupils who disrupt the classroom must be taught discipline, the author discusses ways of modifying the classroom environment and suggests ways to direct and encourage pupils to acceptable behavior. First of all, each day's activities should be "overplanned" since many discipline problems develop because students have nothing to do. The schedule of activities should be varied with a diversity of instructional approaches, thus avoiding boredom. Activities, however, should be highly organized. Firmness and kindness on the part of the teacher is important. Courtesy and genuine interest in each student will bring positive reactions while threatening is, for the most part, futile. In many classroom discipline problems, teachers make the mistake of over-reacting. Calmness is the teacher's best reaction when faced with disruptive behavior. If all else fails in difficult classroom situations over a period of time, the teacher should not hesitate to ask for help from the principal, counselor, fellow teachers or parents. Finally, it is suggested that teaching discipline in a systematic, organized manner may well be the teacher's most important responsibility, because it is the disciplined product of the educational system who will likely make the greatest contribution to our future society. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at Professional Competencies Workshop for South Texas Educators