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Discipline Tips in the Classroom

Begin the lesson with something that will catch the pupils' interest right away, and keep the class busy from the start of the lesson.
Use variety in your teaching so that pupils are not bored.
Learn the names of your pupils as soon as possible and use them regularly.
Watch the seating arrangements. Big pupils should not make it difficult for smaller ones to see.
When a class is working on its own, or when pupils are working in a group, allow a certain amount of noise.
Do not punish everybody for mischief done by one or a few.
Do not make threats which you know you will not carry out.
Do not challenge every small disturbance.
Do not show strong emotion.
Concentrate more on pupils who behave rather than those who misbehave.
Use a clear and firm voice to recall students to order.
Always display good manners, students manners are usually a reflection of what they see in their teacher.
Once a student has been punished, reassure him again to show him that no grudge is held.
A sense of humour is very important not to be afraid to join in the fun from time to time, but do not try to win popularity.


Building up Discipline

Opening up the child's mind to the many things that there is to learn from the world around us.
To helping the child understands the value questioning.
We believe the role of the teacher is to teach not to police.
Focusing on more positive methods of teaching and problem solving.
Developing a stronger self-image in children so that they can ultimately become more responsible for their actions.
Discipline should be carried out to bring about a desired change in the behaviour or school work results not to hurt or humiliate the child in order to alleviate the teacher's frustration e.g. a teacher may beat students for failing a test not because the test was important to the teacher.
Attempting to create a more stimulating environment in the class than a more submissive environment.
Looking at problem-solving alternatives based on positive interaction between teacher and students.
Setting limits together and encouraging students to cooperate.
Focusing on positive qualities and desired behaviour rather than the negative.
Help children to manage problem areas by setting clear, simple goals with them.
REMEMBER that a change in the child's attitude and behaviour could be dependent on the change in the attitude and behaviour of the teacher.
REMEMBER that changing from punishment as a form of discipline to positive interaction would require a transition period and that progress using this method might be uneven initially, but in the long run much more beneficial for society as a whole.


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