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Friday, July 18, 2008

Classroom Discipline Techniques That Work At Home Too!

Being born to two die-hard teachers I grew up in constant comparison with some 80 odd pseudo kins. And how I hated each one of them. I always thought my parents gave too much time and attention to their students. Now, 25 years later I feel my 7 year old is not getting enough attention at school. The guy is becoming absolutely rowdy and I don't think his teacher is doing anything about it. The more I talk about it the more widely prevalent this belief seems to be. Are teachers today lacking in commitment or drive? I almost thought so till I made the mistake of mentioning it to my father. The old man immediately took up cudgels on behalf of the entire worldwide teaching community. In the next 60 minutes he made me see the other side of the coin. Well - hugely abridging his copious outburst - he says that my discontent has more to do with my overindulgence with my kid, not placing enough trust in the teacher and not giving her any leverage whatsoever to discipline my child.

Come to think of it, he is not so wrong. Gone are the days when teachers were revered for the part they played in shaping a child's personality and parents actually thanked them for taking whatever steps necessary to discipline their rowdy children. Today such an act is more likely to invite legal action. Now I don't advocate thanking a teacher for beating a boy's bums blue (my dad would disagree...given his habit for both). But I do say that teacher's today are as much at a loss about how to discipline children as you as a parent are. My 7 year old thinks he is invincible. He firmly believes I am his toy. He is convinced that I am starting a game when I yell at him. He habitually assumes some crazy Ben 10 avatar the moment I approach to grab him. He drives me nuts playing with pencils when I make him do his homework. And I do not have the heart to hit him...except when he is hell bent on breaking his neck hanging upside down from the first floor window. Now imagine 20-30 of such specimens let loose on a teacher!

book on effective classroom discipline techniquesIf you are a teacher looking for effective ways to discipline your classroom - or a parent looking for ways to instill some sanity in house - here is a great book for you. Classroom Discipline 101 is written by a teacher of 20 years and brings to you his tried, tested, refined strategies to discipline children of all age-groups. The best part is none of these strategies would land you in jail or invite human right campers to your front yard. Since most of these strategies are based on child psyche, they are equally applicable at home with a slight twist of context. There are not many books that deal with the subject of disciplining children in the classroom in as hands-on a manner as Classroom Discipline 101. A comprehensive resource of very practical, very workable ideas to end the mayhem in your class or living room. Interested to take a closer look? Go here!


Sarah said...

I think you make a lot of excellent points here, however I am dumb founded that you would place blame on the teacher for being unable to control your child when even you can not.

"The guy is becoming absolutely rowdy and I don't think his teacher is doing anything about it."

I'm not sure there was ever a time historically when teachers were the sole disciplinarians, but as a teacher and parent I can tell you for sure that kids often act one way at home and another at school. Therefore if he is learning from you what is unacceptable he will act appropriately with you. Meanwhile if the teacher is allowing chaos in the class then she will be the one suffering in the long run for not setting down some ground rules.

Also unless this is obedience school you're sending him to, it is hardly the teachers role to teach him how to act once he gets home.

Amit said...

Hi Sarah, thanks for taking time out to leave a comment here. When I wrote this post I was not trying to indulge in any blame game. I completely appreciate that as a parent I have a big role to play in determining my child's behavior. This post came right after an open house at the school where the teacher had a few complaints but no suggestions about what we could do about it. I surfed to find a book that could help both teachers and parents in keeping our bundles of joy from becoming a pain in the neck. I do appreciate your point and thankfully I don't have to think of an obedience school yet :)