"In teaching others we teach ourselves" - Proverb
"Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him and to let him know that you trust him."
Booker T. Washington
In my classroom, the most important thing is that everyone treats each other with respect. By respecting and supporting each other, there is nothing we can't accomplish! I want my students to feel that my classroom is a place where they can ask questions, learn, laugh, and even make mistakes that they can learn from. We are a team! Remember there is no “I” in team. I alone cannot do it all. “WE” all need to work together to accomplish our goal - students becoming successful and independent adults.
Discipline with Dignity
Richard Curwin & Allen Menler in their book Discipline with Dignity state that now, more than ever, we must take a good look at what we are teaching our children by the way we treat them. Controlling their behavior is simply not enough. We must help them become decision makers and critical thinkers. We must help them feel that they can contribute to society, and we must enhance their joy for learning.
They further state that effective discipline does not come from the quick mastery of techniques or the implementation of a packaged method. Effective discipline comes from the heart and soul of the teacher. It comes from the belief that teaching students to take responsibility for their behavior is as much the “job” of the teacher as teaching history or math and more important than simply enforcing rules. It comes from the belief that most students do the best they can, many in what they feel is an adverse environment. It comes from the positive energy of the teacher. Only within the framework of the teacher’s internal strength and the development of a hopeful and caring classroom environment can a discipline plan be effective.
They conclude that Discipline with Dignity implies not only dignity for the student but for the teacher as well. Not only do both parties enter and leave a situation with their dignity enhanced, but the process they engage in dignifies the problem itself. Thus, learning how to behave in responsible ways is accomplished not only in the context of classroom life, but is applied to social problem solving in other life situations as well.
The Team at Educator Pages