Disciplinary Strategies for Teachers
Teachers have a responsibility to teach proper discipline, respect for others,
and observance of the law and school rules. This approach is most effective
when coupled with the development of student attitudes of pride and involvement
with the school and fellow students.
Glenn (1990) offers the following suggestions for dealing with conflicts in the
classroom. He suggests that this type of practical information be included in
discipline training programs for teachers:
- "Do not raise your voice.
- Try to remain calm and rational.
- Do not touch an agitated or angry student.
- Try to keep the student seated.
- Be reassuring to the student as well as the rest of the class.
- Explain the importance of protecting every student's right to learn. Talk
about options for resolving the conflict.
- Send another student for help. The student should be told to go to the
nearest office to summon assistance from the administration.
- After the incident is over, immediately document everything that happened.
The report should be submitted to the administration. You also should keep a
copy in case of a future conference with parents or school administration
regarding the incident." (p. 20)
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