20 Strategies for Discipline that WORK! (Taken from a presentation by Dr. Trevor T. Steinbach) Strategy 1: Teach the 3-5 School-wide PBS Rules o Kids learn what they are taught o Teach the rules at the beginning of the year o Teach the rules like you teach your curriculum o Formally teach the rule o Reinforce the rule o Review the rule o Pre-correct the rule Strategy 2: Teach & Enforce your Classroom Signal o Teach the signal o Students should then stop what they are doing o Use the signal during transitions & when teacher needs attention o Don’t continue until you get FULL compliance Strategy 3: Get Junk off the Desks o Reduce potential distractions o Only items that they need o Everything else in desk, floor, or book bag o Rule of Thumb: If it is not needed for the lesson, it’s off the desks! Strategy 4: Move around your Room o Use proximity as you monitor student work, class discussions, and teacher-guided instruction o You can’t prevent problems from the front of the room Strategy 5: Students Must Realize They Can Be Called on at Any Time o Students that think they won’t be called on get off-task o Keep students involved in discussion o Ask question, then wait; then call on student o Only call on students with raised hands – No Shout-outs o Use balanced approach-some hands up, some hands down Strategy 6: Teach the Logic for the PBS Rules o Explain why the rule exists o Review the rationale o Don’t assume that they understand why Strategy 7: After giving a Directive, Tolerate NO EXCEPTIONS! o Verify compliance before moving on o “Everyone look this way” o When one does not comply, get that compliance o Bottom Line: If you want it, GET IT! Strategy 8: Don’t Try To Be “One of the Kids” o Enforce all policies, don’t ignore unpopular rules o Everyone IS RESPONSIBLE for the rules o Students will respect your for following the rules Strategy 9: Avoid Using Humiliation, Sarcasm & Embarrassment o Humor at the expense of the student is unwise, unprofessional & inappropriate o Student may have “baggage” that will set them off or result in tragedy Strategy 10: Eliminate the Blind Spots When Transitioning Students o Keep your class together in the halls o Stand at the back of the line o Have students stop at corners or entrances until you get there o Put trustworthy people at the front of the line Strategy 11: Start Parent Conferences with Positive Statements o Goal of conference is to increase communication o Hear a positive message first o When you complement student, you are complementing the parent o Then discuss areas of need/concern Strategy 12: Eight Conference Strategies o Thank the parent for coming o ‘Let the parent “vent” o Remain calm during the “vent” period o Maintain eye contact with parent o Communicate you are listening (take notes) o Deal with the parent’s agenda first o Discuss the future of their student, not the past performance o “Give” some to the parent, to “get” some for you Strategy 13: Post & Teach the PBS Classroom Rules o This eliminates potential student/parent questions o It can be used to Pre-correct behavior o It reminds you to monitor the compliance Strategy 14: Don’t Ignore Little Classroom Problems o Little problems become BIG PROBLEMS o If it is a rule, it must be enforced. Strategy 15: Call the Parent BEFORE the Student Gets Home o The student will only tell “their side” of the story…they hope to get to the parent first o Proactive contact prevents problems Strategy 16: Actively Encourage Parents to Call the School o Prevents problems that fester o Phones work both ways o List the school phone on everything that goes home Strategy 17: Don’t Touch Students when Disciplining Them! o Avoid physical contact when disciplining o Physical contact can result in an emotional outburst o Often parents will claim physical harm to their child as a result of physical contact Strategy 18: Students Needing Help Should NOT Line Up at Teacher’s Desk o Lining up creates a visual barrier o Lines waste learning time o Teacher moves around room: Proximity Strategy 19: Use Specific Praise with Students o Praise what they did by mentioning ‘ “Kevin you did very well on the U.S. History Test, you got 10 out of 10 which shows you must have studied” o Praise sincerely o Don’t use general praise o Make praise age appropriate Strategy 20: Maximize Wait Time when Asking the Class a Question o Equalize student thinking ability, use wait time before calling on students o Increases quality of answers o Increases everyone being prepared to answer INCREASE YOUR SUCCESS Use All 20 Strategies!