Generally, the students that I work with are great kids. However, after six hours of being in school, my daycare kids sometimes spend the afternoon in a state of petulant upheaval. They seemingly become lions–taunting, roaring, wreaking havoc, and creating strife. When they are corrected, they tell half-truths (A.K.A. full lies), refuse to make eye contact, and blame each other. As supervisor, I do not always spend time with the students, but the teachers under me have brought many “problem children” to my office.
Drawing upon my second grade teacher’s discipline policy, I made the chart below to give students a visual of their behavior.
Let me explain how this chart works. I wrote each student’s name in the far left column. Whenever the student behaves unfavorably, they receive a mark in the corresponding column. The goal is for them to go the entire week without getting a mark. If a student receives more than three marks in a week, they are not allowed to go on the weekly class field trip.
Below are a list of reasons that a student may receive a mark in any given category:
- Honest – Give marks for
- Telling lies
- Telling “half-truths”
- Being esoteric in answers
- Obedient—Give marks for
- Delayed obedience
- Warmhearted—Give marks for
- Making fun of others
- Being mean
- Excluding others
- Interested—Give marks for
- Ignoring the teacher
- Refusing to make eye contact when being directly addressed by a teacher
- Agreeable—Give marks for
- Being unpleasant
- Generally unacceptable behavior
- Calm—Give marks for
- Causing strife between others
- Tidy—Give marks for
- Not cleaning up after themselves
Having a visual of their behavior and a tangible reward helps the students see the necessity of proper conduct. Also, they more conscious of their response to others when there is a punishment for behaving rudely. Proverbs 29:15 explains that children who are not disciplined bring shame to their parents. However, proper correction helps the child grow to become a pleasant adult.
What behavioral tactics have you used as a teacher? Any hints for disruptive students?