The purpose of this tool is to provide you with a resource for handling student misbehavior. It presents a complete step-by-step approach to changing inappropriate student behavior to appropriate behavior. It takes the guesswork out of your treatment of discipline problems by offering specific techniques for dealing with various misbehaviors. And it provides a guarantee for the professional handling of student behaviors.
Often, our handling of discipline problems is a reaction to the student's behavior, with little or no thought to whether our reaction is good for the student, other students, or the learning situation in the classroom. Our language concerning discipline problems is often jargon that is not really understood by all teachers, administrators, counselors, or parents. Likewise, we often attempt to handle problem behavior alone. In many cases, our handling of discipline problems may not be considered professionally responsible by colleagues, administrators, or parents.
There are three variables in every discipline situation: the teacher, the problem student, and the rest of the students in the class. The only variable a teacher can control is himself or herself. If the teacher is out of control, the situation is out of control. The discipline model contained in this tool will help you understand how to handle discipline concerns effectively, keep yourself in control of the situation, and teach students self-discipline.
The discipline model offers a complete step-by-step guide to many options for handling 117 student behaviors. The model is designed to enable you, your colleagues, counselors, administrators, and the rest of the school team to work together for a mutually satisfying solution to student problems. It will give you assurance that everyone is working from the same firm foundation toward the solution of discipline problems.
The MASTER Teacher Definition of Discipline
"The adjustment of unacceptable behavior to acceptable behavior according to our individual standards and measures."
An effective discipline program needs to be accompanied by three teacher actions:
Educators are looking for a recipe to solve everyday classroom discipline problems. The MASTER Teacher Model takes the guesswork out of the treatment of discipline problems by offering specific techniques for dealing with various misbehaviors. And it provides a guarantee for the professional handling of student behaviors in a way that is good for the student, other students, and the learning situation in the classroom.
To use this model, you must be willing to focus on the total student and be prepared to respond in a professional manner in handling all student behaviors. Changing unacceptable behavior to acceptable behavior takes time and patience.
We have provided both short-term and long-term options for handling 117 student behaviors. Included in these options are some things a teacher can do immediately in the classroom to extinguish the more disruptive behaviors with minimum interruption of the other students and classroom activity. At the same time, the teacher is doing what is best for the misbehaving student-that is, getting him or her to permanently change the inappropriate behavior to appropriate behavior.