Taming the Lions

Taming the Lions

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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.

How I Act

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
    • Disobedience
    • Delayed obedience
  • Warmhearted—Give marks for
    • Cruelty
    • 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
    • Disrespect
    • Being unpleasant
    • Generally unacceptable behavior
  • Calm—Give marks for
    • Anger
    • 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?

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