Philosophy of Discipline
My personal philosophy of management is a mix of many philosophies that I have currently learned throughout college classes and management. However, majority of my classroom management style comes from Glasser. As a teacher, I would encourage personal choice and responsibility with freedom, fun, and belonging. However, in kindergarten the children need to be exposed to choice, responsibility, freedom, fun and belonging differently compared to upper elementary.
Providing an option of choice to a kindergarten can seem dangerous and indefinite. However, through observation: choice can be activated through the child picking what station they would like to participate in during particular activities or what student they would like to work together on an assignment. Responsibility needs to be given slowly, too much responsibility can stress a child, and school is not supposed to be stressful but safe. Types of responsibility for kindergarten is taking their homework folder out of their book bag and placing folder in the designated area, hanging their book bag, checking the lunch chart etc. Giving these options to the kindergartens will give a good start to classroom management and a good discipline system.
Building a discipline system on a kindergarten class that I do not over see or have any control: is difficult but allows my imagination run a little creative.
1. Provide students autonomy
2. Helping students learn responsibility
3. Incorporate learning into daily activities
4. Develop sharing and teamwork
5. Understand what is right and wrong before their intentions of behavior
6. Promote curiosity of learning
7. Learn respect of their teacher(s)
8. Promote classroom discipline
Outlining the classroom discipline system will lead to the classrooms discipline model. Currently I am a fan of the traffic light model. Green light means good behavior, yellow light means, and caution and beware, the red light means reprimanded. Obviously, the students will know the traffic light model and will be given warnings before actually moving their name. The action of moving a student’s name on the traffic light model would mean that the student has had inappropriate behavior or improved their behavior.
When one student behaves, there are proper ways of encountering their behavior and one method is eye contact on their height level. At times teachers are only seen has an authority’s figure not a friend, so interrogating them on their behavior at their eye level will help comfort them and let them feel comfortable talking to the teacher. Another method is just calling the child’s name or their behavior. Children know when they are misbehaving however forget at times that their behavior is unacceptable. For example, “Hunter, erasers.” A final way of approaching bad behavior is having a back burner in the classroom, a place where the student can calm down and gather their thoughts. The back burner is an area where a student realizes what their behaviors is, and what is causing this behavior. This method does not have to be a last resort to discipline measures.