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Discipline system

Apr 2, 2014 5:30pm

I'm a new 2nd grade teacher and I am looking to change my discipline system. Any ideas for a clear and easy system for my class? I need to help control the general classroom management. It can be positive but it also has to be scary enough that students don't want to break it. I work with only boys and making and throwing paper airplanes has become the norm. Thank you!

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    • Sep 20, 2014 2:57pm

      I am using the software program Class Do Jo. It is a tool that allows students to be informed of their daily behavior. Also at the end of the week, the parents are informed via email. After the seventh week of school, I've had less discipline issues and more positive outcomes since using this program. It's free and really powerful.

      • Sep 20, 2014 4:25pm

        I have used Teaching with Love and Logic for years and have found great success with it. All of the principles still apply and it helped me stop yelling! You can use the techniques right away. Good luck.

        • Apr 5, 2014 12:09pm

          Hi all,
          I'm also looking for innovative ways to discipline the children. Now a days children have a lot of attitude issues. They don't like to be given instructions and want to do whatever they wish to. Please help us out with a solution.

          • Apr 6, 2014 11:10am

            Here are some good videos to get you started:

            I also like all of these books:
            -Beyond Discipline: From Compliance to Community
            -First Six Weeks of School,The (Paperback)
            -The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher

            • Apr 15, 2014 9:17am

              I am a new teacher too, and I attended a seminar entitled "From Chaos to Classroom Control" with Dr. Fred Johnson. I really enjoyed the seminar and thought his approach to classroom management was very interesting and different from other theories I have heard. He talked about identifying the reasons why students behave the way they do and teaching them how to self-regulate their behavior. He gives a lot of concrete suggestions in addition to his theory. He also has a book called Proactive Discipline for Reactive Students. I haven't read it yet, but if you can't attend a seminar, then I'm sure it would be a good resource. Here is a link to his website:
              I have a tough time with my boys too. I can't imagine having classroom with ONLY boys! Best of luck!

              • Apr 20, 2014 5:00pm

                in their age they feel excited, proud,a hero when they bother the teacher ,test his or her patience ;If you show anger ,shout , exclude them .That's their objective .In every class you need to be close to the majority of pupils intelligent and polite ones .the other ones rude you can be tough and make them respect rules .you must accept the presence of some who don't interrupt the lesson and don't follow you .Don't care .Don't expect the perfect

                • Aug 11, 2014 7:17pm

                  One thing I have done that works well with my kids is a looks like/sounds like with the rules. We go over the rules (and if needed the procedures) and discuss, act out, and take pictures of what each rule looks like and will sound like. We also do the same for what it should NOT look like or sound like. Hopefully setting the very clear boundaries will help them.

                  Boys (and girls!) can be competitive. Can you turn it into a healthy competition? has something called the scoreboard, where it's a teacher vs. kids competition.

                  Otherwise perhaps some sort of individual chart (like a sticker chart) where you can reward absence of behavior, or notice when a student is definitely following the rules. You don't have to force the competition by comparing them; they'll be proud to see the number of stickers (stars, colored in boxes, whatever you decide) growing!

                  I know these aren't necessarily discipline procedures, but hopefully they help!

                  • Sep 20, 2014 4:34pm

                    Boys can be challenging. I use play money and "pay" them for being safe, responsible, and respectful. At the end of the week they can spend their "money" in the classroom store. I pair this with SLANT (sit up, listen, ask or answer questions, nod your head, and track the speaker). It takes time and consistency, but it works with my special ed kids. Also Fred Jones has really good techniques.

                    • Sep 21, 2014 12:54am

                      I'd like to recommend that you read the book Discipline Without Stress, Punishment or Rewards, by Dr. Marvin Marshall. Get away from the external motivation and move your students towards self-regulation and intrinsic rewards. It's a cheap book and you can get it on Amazon. Good luck!

                      • Sep 21, 2014 5:57pm

                        Have you read CHAMPS? It is a fabulous classroom management tool. Your boys will do better if you set clear expectations, clear parameters, and have a consistent consequence/reward system. I wholeheartedly recommend you check into it. I learned about it after teaching for 10 years, and it helped me so much! Years 11-16 went sooooooo much better after implementing CHAMPS-type systems!