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Teaching Guidelines: Imposing Penalties

Teaching Guidelines: Imposing Penalties

  • Delay the discussion of the situation until you and the students/children involved are calmer and more objective.
    • Examples:
      Say calmly to a student, “Sit there and think about what happened. I’ll talk to you in a few minutes.”
      Or “I don’t like what I just saw. Talk to me during your free period (or after you finished your chores).”
  • Impose penalties privately.
    • Examples:
      1. Make arrangements with students/children privately. Stand firm in enforcing arrangements.
      2. Resist the temptation to “remind” students in public that they are not keeping their side of the bargain.
      3. Move close to a student who must be disciplined and speak so that only the student can hear.
  • After imposing a penalty, reestablish a positive relationship with the student immediately.
    • Examples:
      1. Send the student on an errand or ask him/her for help.
      2. Compliment the student’s/children work or give a real or symbolic “pat on the back” when the student’s behavior warrants. Look hard for such an opportunity.
  • Set up a graded list of penalties that will fit many occasions.

 

Reference: Woolfolk, A. “Educational Psychology” 8th edition.

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