Ruby Payne, an expert on generational poverty, outlines some of the "hidden" rules of the middle class that may not be obvious to students who do not come from the same circumstances. She clearly defines why students may feel insecure, act impulsively, or do not know how to mediate a conflict on their own. If you are trying to create discipline strategies for students who come from generational poverty, you need to understand these crucial bedrocks.
If you find a successful middle school teacher who has a handle on discipline, their tips and techniques are invaluable. If you can tackle this age group, you can do anything! This teacher supplies several ideas for dealing with disruptive students and how to maximize instructional time and minimize time spent in the office.
The blog post focuses on one of the most important parts of a quality discipline system: your relationship with the kids. Students who feel a connection to their teacher are less likely to misbehave, and quicker to respond to correction than those who feel alienated. Following the suggestions in this blog will help prevent issues before they begin.
The PBIS tiered model categorizes students into 3 levels of behavior infractions, and uses data analysis to determine if the behavior infractions are happening at a certain time of day, month, or location. The PBIS team can then try to determine the root cause of these behaviors, and supplement a positive reinforcement before the behavior occurs. PBIS is typically a school-wide system, so this may be an opportunity for you to introduce a highly successful program to your building.
Brian Mendler was a self-proclaimed "difficult student," which makes his perspective on discipline unique and refreshing. He articulates where his desire to misbehave in class came from, and contrasts the reactions he received as a child with ones he uses in his current classroom. Filled with ready-to-use techniques, this book should be a staple for all educators looking to improve and understand the genesis of their students' behavior.
One of the key points of this book is that you cannot discipline all students in the same manner; you may need to employ different tactics with different children based on their personality, background, and needs. The methods presented in this book discuss how you can offer a consequence versus a punishment, and also not be tied to a rigid discipline system that may not work in all circumstances.