I recently had a high school principal ask me how my ideas about classroom management could be used from the administration perspective. This is a great question.
The atmosphere in some schools is downright tense because administrators don't know how to deal with their teachers. This is no way to get the best out of your teachers and students. Here are a few thoughts about how administrators should follow the Discipline Without Anger way:
*Show respect to teachers and students. Too many teachers still mistakenly think that intimidation gets the best results when it comes to classroom management. Administrators can fall into this trap as well when dealing with their teachers. Administrators would be wise to avoid this approach, especially if this was their method of dealing with students in the dark ages when they were teachers.
*Have rules and consequences for teachers. I think the approach for administrators should be the same as it is for teachers--nothing should happen that you do not let happen. Make formal and informal rules to establish this and communicate them before you try to implement anything.
*Be as unemotional as possible when implementing consequences. My main discipline strategy for teachers is the same as it is for administrators. The weight of the consequences alone should be enough. There is no need to combine consequences plus anger unless the situation is outrageous.
*Make classroom management a focus in interviews. There are few things more important than classroom management when it comes to successful teaching. It doesn't matter how knowledgeable a teacher is, or how good their references are, if they can't handle classroom management. Give applicants some scenarios and ask how they would handle them and ask about their specific discipline approach.
*Forget the popular idea that a great lesson solves all/most classroom management issues. Please. For the sake of humanity. This is not realistic. This one is high on my teaching hate list.
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