Classroom Management

I thought I’d take a minute to explain my philosophy for classroom management.

I use a card-change system that is designed to help students (and me) monitor their behavior. This isn’t a clip system where students move up and down a chart. I found it’s hard for me to be consistent with that system. Plus, I don’t focus on the card change and teach my students the same thing. The point of a card change is not the changing of the card, but the changing of the behavior.

The list below was adapted from a book called Family on Mission by Mike & Sally Breen. It’s been helpful to me as I think about training my own children and the students in my class.

Punishment
focuses on past misdeeds
repayment and getting what you deserve
guilt, fear, shame
disempowering
behavior-focused
inflicting penalty for offense
suffering for wrong-doing

Discipline
focuses on future good choices
guidance and getting what you need
security, love, support
empowering
identity-focused
training for maturity
appropriate consequences for learning

Punishment focuses on the quick-fix. You did something, and now there is a consequence. There isn’t much follow-up or training involved.

Discipline is forward-thinking. You did something, there is a consequence, but the goal is training for right thinking and behaviors in the future.

Will I do this correctly all the time? No. Will I mess up in training students? Yes. Thank you for trusting me to teach your child.