School discipline - WikipediaSchool discipline relates to the actions taken by a teacher or the school organization towards a student or group of students when the student's behavior disrupts the ongoing educational activity or breaks a rule created by the teacher or the school system. Discipline can guide the children's behaviour or set limits to help them learn to take care of themselves, other people and the world around them. School systems set rules, and if students break these rules they are subject to discipline. These rules may, for example, define the expected standards of clothing, timekeeping, social conduct, and work ethic. The term "discipline" is applied to the punishment that is the consequence of breaking the rules. The aim of discipline is to set limits restricting certain behaviors or attitudes that are seen as harmful or against school policies, educational norms, school traditions, etc.
Choice Motivates Students When Rewards and Punishment Don't Work
This paper will focus on a discussion of the effects of rewards and punishments on behavior and learning. Teachers will be interested to learn that not all research points to the credibility of a system of rewards and punishments. Sometimes, we as educators, struggle to find the most effective method of classroom management and turn to a system of rewards and punishments. But, if this method is not working, then we need to look elsewhere. There is a new approach to classroom management which will be discussed in this paper. For the purposes of this paper, I observed student's behavior when responding to a system of both rewards and punishments and also when given exposure to the new approach. I would like to acknowledge the assistance of Laurie Wicks, an elementary school teacher, without whose guidance and expertise in the field of education, I would not be aware of any other approaches to classroom management than the old system of rewards and punishments.
By the time a student has entered a secondary school classroom, say grade 7, he or she has spent approximately 1, days in classrooms of at least seven different disciplines. He or she has experienced different forms of classroom management, and for better or worse, knows the educational system of rewards and punishment :. There is, however, another way for students to be motivated. According to his theory, a person's immediate needs and wants, not outside stimuli, are the deciding factor in human behavior. Two of the three tenets of Choice Theory are remarkably aligned to the requirements of our present secondary education systems:.
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