- Hierarchy exists in the classroom. Exercise your authority.
- Co-teachers be on the same page & consistent
- Age appropriate rules. Ensure they know them.
- Punishments related to infractions, not random or “go to” punishments.
- Age 1-10 timeouts can be effective. When kids are in timeout, don’t respond to their tantrums.
- No physical punishment (including spanking), it instils obedience by fear, there are better ways.
- Don’t yell. We want them to learn from our example.
- Criticize behavior not character “Use a quiet voice.” not “You are a loud-mouthed brat.”
- Positive reinforcement works better than Negative reinforcement by 5x. Praise them for following rules. Establish a reward system to motivate obedience.
- Parent Timeout – if you lose it, so will they.
- Chose your battles. But once chosen, win. Maintain the hierarchy or the child rules the class.
- Be consistent. Don’t say “I will let it slide this time,” or “It’s easier to not deal with it.” Kids keep a tally of every time you give in and plan future rebellion.
- Show love. Nothing motivates kids more than knowing you will be proud of them.