Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week. These posts may grow or change as time passes. Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!
1. Village Juice Company and the friends who love it as much as I do
2. The Chronicles of Narnia
Who would have thought that I would get to read children’s fiction in grad school?! Here’s one of my new favorite quotes from The Magician’s Nephew:
“‘But do not be cast down,’ said Aslan, still speaking to the Beasts. ‘Evil will come of that evil, but it is still a long way off, and I will see to it that the worst falls upon myself.”
3. Goggles and a new swimsuit
This week I learned that the right equipment can make all the difference.
Daniel read the decree and shook his head slowly. Once again, the government had made a decree against the One True God. According to the newest law, citizens could only pray to and worship King Darius. “Lord,” Daniel whispered, “Is our nation too far gone?”
Years before, Daniel had began a thrice-daily ritual of praying in his window facing Jerusalem. Despite the government’s rule, Daniel kept his appointments with God with peace.
Peace like a river. Peace that passes understanding.
As promised by the law, Daniel was punished–thrown into a pit of bloodthirsty lions–certain death. Daniel faced the consequence with faith.
Faith like a mustard seed. Faith unleashed.
And–spoiler alert–Daniel lived. God honored his peaceful obedience and faith. God sent supernatural, unexpected salvation, and Daniel, with thankfulness, was able to rest.
Faith brings peace, calm, and rest.
Rest in faith.
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?