For teachers looking for positive ways to handle discipline in the classroom, these tools for teachers will prove extremely helpful. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review and I’m happy I did because I’m always looking for great classroom management tips. The discipline tools provided in this book are effective ways to handle problems without a punishment model.
Positive Discipline Tips
Here a few tips from the book. The rest you’ll have to read to find out!
Use encouragement statements rather than praise statements to help build self-esteem. An example of a praise statement is “I’m so proud of you.” An encouragement statement would be something like, “You worked hard. You deserve it.” The focus should be on helping children find their own strengths rather than just on empty praise statements.
Focus on Solutions
A question the authors suggest focusing on to help foster solutions is “Are you looking for blame, or are you looking for solutions?” Have the students create a poster to place in a good location in the classroom so they can remind each other daily. To evaluate solutions, use the “three R’s and an H” criteria, which means it should be Related, Respectful, Reasonable, and Helpful. All solutions should meet these criterion.
Be Kind AND Firm
Students need to know that they can trust the teacher to always be kind, but they also learn order when the established rules and procedures are consistently followed. The book includes key phrases to use to foster a kind and firm classroom, such as, “I can understand why you would rather be doing something else now, and your assignment needs to be done first.”
There are several other tips and suggestions in the book, including tips on using class meetings and using mistakes as opportunities for learning, and I found them extremely helpful and will be using positive discipline in my classroom as a result of this book.
Jane Nelsen, Ed.D., coauthor of the bestselling Positive Discipline series, is a licensed marriage, family, and child therapist. Her books have sold over a million copies. She lives in Salt Lake City.