|How do you establish authority? What do you do when a discipline problem arises?
Have a heart-to-heart, one on one base talk.
I know it sounds trite but authority is no longer "l'etat c'est moi", is earned not given.
A teacher should have a clear and transparent set of rules and consequences and should also be held accountable too (works both ways!).
A teacher should always think of the underlying motivations and cause of any behavior in the classroom. In a sense, like a colleague Andrew Finch always espoused - the teacher is truly a psychologist.
When discipline problems arise, the teacher should have a clear plan or procedure in place. Note the problem / problems and occurrences to have documentation and to see patterns. Don't confront students - use time out areas or take the student away from the group. Again, find out the root cause. Either by talking to the student or investigating (asking other teachers / parents). Often, students are simply wanting attention. Giving them control and responsibility in the classroom is something I have found works wonders!
I'm at heart anti-authoritarian. Each to his/her own, by their own means. However, in a group/classroom situation, there has to be accommodation to others and it is the teacher's role to facilitate that negotiation.
i have let the children know that i am an adult and what i say, that goes. if not i usually raise my voice till a level until they listen to me. if they really wont listen to me i can grab hold of them and force them to look at me when i talk to them.
Depends on the problem. Discussing is always a good way to understand
By example, role model and patience. Recognize, 99% of the time the child and/or adult is seeking attention. And so first stop, back up and go forward AGAIN very slowly in the rebonding, according to need(s).
By conference and discussion. It is quite common in our educational institutions but the best way of dealing with that is discussion and discourse.
By example, and by being fair and consistent.
I respect others and expect respect in return. If someone can't do this, they are removed from class - or school.
When a discipline problem happens, you have to be assertive and communicate with the person(s) involved.
I have always believed that students are very smart, even as young as toddlers, so I treat them as adults.
When you do, they then learn to act like them fairly quickly. They appreciate the respect.
Since I work with freshmen, students in their twenties, discipline issues are scarce. My main punishment for disruptive behavior is throwing a student out of the classroom thus depriving them of the privilege to participate in all the fun and challenging things we do.
Show your confidence and never waiver. It wasn't hard for me, as not many discipline problems arose when working one on one.
First, from the start you have to be respectful of the students, then set boundaries and rules. Be assertive but positive. Then sit down and discuss what is going on?
I don't have a problem with discipline, for the most part, at the college level.
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