Ten Tips for Maintaining Discipline

Adapted from Joe Paprocki

  1. Understand the Role of Discipline is to remove any obstacles from an effective learning experience.
  2. Identify the Improper Behavior that are most troublesome; then you can develop a plan for addressing them.  Also, consider the following reasons for improper behavior: Boredom, Seeking attention, trying to impress peers, Personality clash, Emotional problem
  1. Don’t Panic; strive to remain calm and in control.  Communicating a sense of authority while remaining calm is necessary in developing a long-term strategy for combating discipline problems.
  2. Don’t Interrupt Your Lesson when dealing with discipline problems.  By using eye contact, placing a hand on their desk or standing next to the “culprit” you minimize the behavior without interrupting the flow of your lesson.
  3. Keep Participants Involved by keeping participants busy and on task, then you eliminate potential trouble.
  4. Ride Your Eye, Use Names, and Move Around as you teach.  Keep your eyes moving around as you teach even when you are answering one participants question.  Learn to use names and walk around the room.
  5. Check Your Seating Arrangement making sure visual lines are open.  Moving a participant’s seat can effectively reduce bad behavior.
  6. Reinforce Good Behavior with affirmations instead of focusing on the negative.
  7. Make a Few Rules, Explain, and Enforce them Consistently
  8. Get to know the Age-Group You Work With so you can understand the behavior and have a working knowledge of the physical, psychological, emotional, social, moral and spiritual characteristics of the age group.