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DISCIPLINE - "Our oldest son is very much ADD. Diagnosed and medicated, we found him to be personality-less and were at a loss at what to do. We found that taking him off the medication was the first step, and helping him to realize that his actions, whether or not intentional, all had consequences. Not easy, but after 11 months (he is 7years old) we are beginning to see an improvement. Discipline in the classroom is usually the downfall of a new teacher early-on in the student-teacher relationship. Saying that we should follow the savior is great, but the practical application is the difficult thing. Some suggestions:
1) Set classroom rules at the outset. You will establish patterns of behavior acceptable and not. This allows them to know the parameters of just how they should act. This may be written, verbal, or both. If they have them on the wall, or in front of them, they will be able to relate to them more easily.
2) Visualize how you want your classroom to look, act and feel. Then realize that if you ever achieve this goal, you'll be translated on the spot. Make realistic goals--age specific--for your classroom. Involve the students in the decision. They will surprise you at the ability they have to decide upon what is fair and right.
3) Allow the students the right to misbehave. They have their free-agency, but also let them know there are consequences to pay if the actions are against the classroom rules. At all costs, try not to embarrass the student into behaving a certain way. The rapport lost will be a difficult hurdle to overcome in the future.
4) Cross barriers within the classroom. When a student acts out, walk over next to the offender, don't say a thing, and just stand "too close" to the student. Or, ask the peers within the group to "help" the offender by 'everyone giving the respect that they would want to receive" and to have maybe only "one-talk" during certain times. There are definitely times that we need to open our classroom to open discussion, as well as times that we need only one speak at a time. If you let the student know that
there will be a time later for them, they may respect that.
5) Make sure the students know you love them. Just listen to them, and they will love you back." DENNIS, UTAH


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