One of the keys to my Discipline Without Anger plan is the avoidance of using anger and emotion to handle every misbehavior that occurs. This is especially true when handling a class that is in the beginning stages of getting out of control. These situations are inevitable, no matter how good a teacher is with discipline.
The temptation for teachers in these kinds of situations is to try to match or overcome the emotion of the students who are out of control. This reaction often leads to the teacher trying to yell over the noise that the students are making and shout them down. Unless the situation is in full blown disaster or panic mode, this strategy is often a mistake. Many times students see an emotional teacher as one who has lost control. Teachers who can stay calm and under control for as long as possible and unemotionally implement their discipline plans will be much better off in the long run.
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