Many times the problem with classroom management is not in the actual discipline plan that is set up, but with the way that teachers enforce their consequences. Here is a list of some things to avoid:
*Do not automatically use anger or sarcasm when enforcing rules. Trust your consequences. The punishment should not be the consequence and your accompanying anger.
*Do not use any kind of emotion. Be the scorekeeper-enforce and keep track of your consequences with an attitude that is stoic and unemotional whenever possible.
*Do not worry when students say that they don’t care about a consequence. You shouldn’t care that they don’t care. That is not a reason for you to doubt your discipline plan. They often will say they don’t care even when they do anyway.
*Avoid making up consequences in the heat of the moment. The best way to be effective with enforcing rules and consequences is to make sure that the students know what they are ahead of time.
*Don’t get too concerned about whether or not your plan is effective. Stick to whatever plan you use. Give it a chance. Try to avoid judging your plan in the moment or in the short term.
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