Sunday, January 5, 2014

Your Philosophy About Student Discipline


Developing your philosophy for student discipline is not hard. Think about how you would answer the following questions:

  • What do you really feel and believe about discipline?
  • Is discipline necessary for success?
  • Have you ever desired to have more discipline in any area of your life? Why did you desire more self-discipline? How would it have served you?
  • If you discipline your own children, why do you do it? Is it because you are frustrated and angry that their behavior has inconvenienced you, or is it because you know they need discipline to develop as healthy human beings?
  • What forms of discipline did you find most helpful and motivational in your own life? Was it through yelling and sarcasm? Was it through shaming and negative predictions about your future? Was it through the withholding of relationship? Was it through serving time in isolation?
  • When someone who loved you disciplined you, what did it feel like? When or why was that discipline effective?

Now, try to put into words a belief or approach to student discipline after reflecting on your own experiences. Use your philosophy to guide your decisions about student discipline.