We all have areas for improvement in our teaching and most teachers know exactly what area they struggle in. It seems that at one time or another, though, we all need a little help on the discipline front. Even the best disciplinarian can tell you of that one student that they just couldn’t get in line. If you are thinking of a student right now, then check out these discipline help resources to help you tame that wild child.
This is our favorite discipline help website. Michael Linsin the author is also author to four best selling books on the subject of classroom management and he’s been in the trenches. This isn’t someone who just has a lot of theories; he knows what works. Anytime you visit this site, you can find an article that relates to one of your students or something you are going through with classroom management. Very relevant, make sure to check out his podcasts as well! This is your “go to” for any general questions or just to stay on top of your discipline game.
This is a site that I have used since my first year teaching. It has every behavior imaginable that a student might display. It helps you to look at the behavior separate of the student, and focus on WHY the student is behaving that way. What are they trying to achieve by acting out? There is now a membership fee for this site, but if this is an area where you are trying to improve, it may be worth it. This is a great site if you have one specific student in mind that you would like to help.
We just love this PDF; it’s so simple. It explains all the basics. The focus is on the little things you can do in your daily teaching, that can make a huge impact on classroom management. This is a great discipline help resource for the person who doesn’t have a lot of time and just needs a refresher. Print it out and refer back to it a few times a year as a reminder.
We adore this book, and what we love more is that it takes the problem and puts the responsibility for fixing it back on the student. The idea is that students become more capable and empowered because they learn to solve their own problems. Furthermore, it is better for them to learn to do this when they are younger and the consequences are smaller. You can also recommend Parenting with Love and Logic to those helicopter parents that might need a little different viewpoint.
This site has some great resources for setting the tone and classroom rules. It would be great for a new teacher and to review prior to the start of a new schools year or new semester. There are a lot of really great articles.
Whatever your discipline style, these resources help you to focus on best practices. They have some great reminders of those little things that we need to make sure we do, but sometimes fall through the cracks. Sometimes just a quick refresher will help you stay at the top of your discipline game.