Disciplining With Love

Mar 2, 2015 | by Janice Smith

February is famous for being one of the most challenging months of the year for teachers, and it becomes even more important to ground our teaching in what we believe about kids.   But once you do that, it creates a completely different kind of discipline, that is less about ‘order’ and ‘urgency’, and more about each and every kid, and what they need to be successful and meet the high expectations you have for them.  We hope you’ll find this week’s interview clip with Ashley Johnson, an incredible reading teacher in Henderson, NC, as helpful as we did in reminding us what it truly means to assume the best of our students.

What We Love the Most…

  • The way she makes it clear that ‘Assuming the Best’ never means lowering your expectations for students.  The bar remains high, it’s our support in getting them there that adjusts.
  • What she says at :40.  It’s not about us, it’s about them.  Making that clear in every conversation we have with them is crucial in assuming the best.
  • :50- “This is a good kid who is making a mistake right now.  My job as their teacher is to help them fix the mistake, learn from it, and get better.”   Perhaps the most important thing we can believe about our kids.
  • 1:47- Before addressing behavior, think first about what might be causing it.  By addressing the root cause, we are more apt to fix the problem in a way that’s supportive and assumes the best.
  • The term ‘No Excuses’ doesn’t mean we shouldn’t listen or ask our students about what they’re thinking, feeling, and may be preventing them having a successful day.  At 2:10 we love what she says about this balance.

 

 

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