I don’t know where this came from or who wrote it originally. If you know, please let me know so I can give proper credit. I found this in the first school I taught at in (of all places) the bathroom. But they are true statements. If we can be proactive as teachers in these areas and answer them before they arise, most misbehavior in classrooms will simply disappear.
The moral of the story is this: It is difficult to discipline students and at the same time to show them they matter. It is a difficult situation unless you already paved the ground for that to happen. You can’t be a jerk and then suddenly show a student that you care. You have to cultivate that ground, to till it, and to plant those seeds just right. You have to cultivate it from day one. It’s not something you can just start. But that doesn’t mean teachers can’t change.
Good classroom management is not a plan outlined in multiple pages with multiple outcomes for various infractions or events. It is more often a simple discussion between student and teacher out in the hallway. The teacher encouraging and positively motivating the student, pouring his heart out to the student and letting the student vent his frustrations without fear of retribution or a negative referral.
Such an encounter happened today.