Some Ideas about Teaching
Discipline for What?
Ditto this for the 30+ years
I have been teaching, though individual schools go up and down depending on
the quality/authority/methods of the teachers. ...
Why are you establishing
discipline - just to shut them up and have an easy lesson? You deserve
trouble. I see teachers who seem to be teaching 'Discipline', to all intents
and purposes for its own sake, in preference, apparently, to their subject!
I have known teachers who can spend 20 minutes, full of long embarrassing
silences, hectoring classes about how to behave. Why? Long live anarchy - if
I were a teenager I'd give them hell and I still have a sneaking sympathy
for the troublemakers.
- How can we write/think/reflect etc if there is a row of whispering.
- How can a group come up with ideas if it's laughing and talking about what they did last night?
- How can we read round, or discuss, or have a debate, or give a presentation when people are shouting out, not paying attention and showing disrespect to their peers?
- How can we perform a drama or play a game when people are getting silly and over-excited?
- How can I explain an
important point if pupils are falling asleep, or looking out of the window?
Thus we need to establish that the pupils must behave FOR A REASON. Don't get me wrong - I can shout as well as the next teacher; but when I am doing so the pupils are aware that I am being reasonable! I am merely explaining common sense points at a high level of decibels. When I am doing so I am also defending the rights of the majority against the disruption of the few; it gets your discipline down to a campaign against the few disruptives, and not against 'this class'. Even I cannot take on a whole class and win; you have to get the majority on your side.
To cite this page, use: CLARE, JOHN D. (2004/2006), 'Discipline for What', at Greenfield History Site (http://www.johndclare.net/Teaching/Discipline_forwhat.htm).