Guidance and Discipline for the Classroom

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Guidance and discipline Paper By: Brandy Lindon Guidance and Discipline Paper As teachers of young children, one of our most important purposes is to help the children in our care develop skills of social competence. The strategies we use to help children as they are learning to manage their own behavior our critical. Social competence is a process learned overtime. One in which children will make mistakes along the way. We as teachers, must be committed to helping children navigate this process. Providing caring and consistent support and guidance while celebrating children’s accomplishments and successes. There are lots of reasons young children misbehave. Children may act out if they experience any of the following: lack of patience, fatigue, hunger, the desire to assert independence, confusion, disappointment or anxiety. They may have been rewarded for acting out in the past by getting what they want or receiving attention. Knowing why children misbehave helps parents and educators to discipline children using positive and effective early childhood techniques. Communication is the key to effective discipline. Communication needs to go both ways with both adult and child feeling understood. Children respond well to positive reinforcement. When a child misbehaves or does not follow directions, yelling or using negative language does little to correct the problem in the long run. Lee Canter’s Discipline Model developed following the 1969 Gallup Poll on education, which revealed that teachers were having significant issues with classroom management which was severely affecting student learning and achievement. The model recognizes a three step process for promoting positive behavior. 1. Create and teach a discipline plan with 4-5 rules and specific
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