Every Bible teacher of children or youth classes will at some point have to deal with discipline issues. And, they’ll inevitably have questions about what to do.
3 Frequently Asked Questions about Classroom Discipline
How do I deal with ______ ?
So often when doing teacher training with people who teach children or youth, regardless of the training topic, I’d get asked questions about specific discipline situations. I often found it hard to give a pointed response because of the variables. Two children can engage in the same misbehavior but for different reasons. What works with the one child might not with the other. So, the first thing I would say you need to do is to try to discern the cause. When you identify the “why”, the “what” often becomes obvious. For help working through causes for different behaviors, check out: Discipline Issues: What to Do About Specific Challenges
What the best approach for disciplining?
The best approach for disciplining is to line up with God’s heart and purposes. When we do, we get beyond merely applying bandaids to truly seeking to minister to the needs of the students, to help them learn and grow through the incident. Our approach becomes more comprehensive, not getting locked in to any one “tactic” but rather doing what is best in the moment with the good of the particular student guiding our approach. Remember that “God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness” (Heb. 12:5-11). The Effectively Handling Classroom Discipline Workbook can help you develop a a comprehensive style of disciplining that uses God as the standard.
I’ve tried everything and nothing works, so now what do I do?
First let me say that often when people assert that they’ve tried everything, that’s often not the case. They’ve tried everything they know to do.
But, even teachers with a big arsenal of tactics sometimes still can’t break through because some of the basics aren’t in place. Read through all the articles in this series of posts entitled Basics for Classroom Discipline. The overall classroom environment and teaching-learning process needs to support what you are trying to do in disciplining and vice versa. Often when these basics are in place, discipline becomes less of a problem.
With all that said, you will at times have a student with deep-rooted problems. It’s hard for teachers keep the lesson going when constantly having to stop to interact with that child. In these situations, you may need to seek out a helper assigned primarily to working with this child to diffuse issues before they become a big problem. Above all, don’t minimize the effect of consistency and patience. Sometimes all this child wants is someone who proves he/she genuinely cares.
For More, Go to: Classroom Discipline Teacher Training Resources