submitted by Ron Seidman, VP/GM, A Child’s World Developmental Centers
At the top of every school director’s list of desired professional development for staff is training on classroom management and how to discipline. The reason for this, as it is in most school environments, classroom management is paramount to a healthy learning environment.
Children act inappropriately for a variety of reasons causing stress and tension for other students and staff. So what are the best proven methods for teachers to implement in the classroom as well as for parents to implement at home?
Before we talk about what works, let’s examine some of the past best practices of their time. It was not that long ago that giving a child a spanking was an acceptable practice for parents. Corporal punishment in schools was practiced. This could have been accompanied with a loud scolding.
Today we know that disciplining children with violence does not teach responsibility, it teaches violence. This also increases stress in our brains that releases chemicals that make it difficult for adults or children to respond appropriately preventing the ability to take control of their actions.
It is too frequent that we hear teachers asking how they can control their students. However, rather than controlling students, the most effective methods are teaching children to control themselves.
The Cognitive Responsibility System (CRSã) enables teachers and parents to teach children to calm themselves with fun, simple brain exercises.
Once both adults and children are calm they are better able to focus on what everyone wants to accomplish, to focus on appropriate behaviors and to respond in more productive ways. Wouldn’t the ideal world be a world where everyone is able to actively remain in control?
These are the skills every school and educational system must develop in their students.
Were we to develop in our students these necessary skills of intrinsic motivation, initiative, organizational and concentration ability as well as consistent finishing power, all students would be better prepared to meet the challenges of a changing world for life-long success.