MYTH: YOU MUST HAVE THE SUPPORT OF YOUR ADMINISTRATION TO HAVE SUCCESSFUL CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE
TRUTH: WHILE ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT HELPS, IT IS NOT ESSENTIAL TO HAVING SUCCESSFUL CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE
Every time I talk to young teachers I get the sense that they are dying to learn about ways to improve their discipline and classroom management skills (I randomly met three today at different times who were eager to learn more about my book and program). While my book and this website are meant to help all teachers, young teachers seem to be the most in need. I think one reason for this is that some of the more veteran educators are too set in their ways to realize that a new approach to discipline is needed and they often try to influence younger teachers into the same kind of thinking.
Discipline tip of the week:
Make your discipline plan so good that you never need help from an administrator unless there is extreme or unreasonably excessive misbehavior.
Let’s face it, some teachers will have great support from their administrators, and some won’t. Teachers who do not get support from their administrators often think that they have no chance of having successful classroom discipline. This is not true. Administrative support does help, but it is not essential to success. Teachers have the power on their own to still have successful discipline, regardless of what their administrators do.
Administrators should really not have to get involved unless misbehavior becomes severe or unreasonably excessive. One of the worst things that a teacher can do is to not have a plan and just send students out when they reach a certain level of frustration or annoyance. When teachers plan ahead and learn how to appropriately react to the variety of severities of misbehaviors that may occur, they make it much easier for their administrators to support them.
***Note to administrators—Do not get the wrong idea from this discussion. Administrative support is always helpful to teachers. I never understand why some administrators do not have the sense to support their teachers as much as possible. The more successful the teachers are, the more successful the school is, right?
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