Behavior is defined as, “to act in a particular way.” Discipline is defined as, “training to act in accordance with rules.” To discipline means to teach. Discipline focuses on teaching the desirable future behavior. There are things everyone, children or adults, NEED to obey. For example, the law, airplane evacuation instructions, or order in the classroom. However, children are people too, and there are many situations in which they should be allowed to be individuals with their own likings.
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Questions #whatisschool, February 22, 2018 6PM EDT
1) When is it necessary for discipline to become punitive (if ever)?
2) How can we successfully reach those habitual “won’t do” kids?
3) According to Solution Tree, “won’t do” kids require much support from Administrators. How can the Administration in your building support you?
4) In this age where most children are on screens for hours per day, how do we teach students to cope with boredom and persevere through tasks they may not enjoy?
5) As more parenting styles have changed to include negotiating with children (i.e. bargaining over food choices), has this posed a challenge in the classroom?
6) The BIG question… should children who present challenges in the classroom lose their recess time?