I recently wrote an article with a list of discipline tips that I use in every classroom I teach. Remember your job is to teach and to manage children’s behavior. Your day will be more successful if you practice disciplining skills than if you resort to yelling, screaming, threatening, etc. Here are some additional tips for practicing good disciplining skills.
1) Take note of the children who have their eyes on you, at times, this indicates children hoping for an opportunity to misbehave while you’re not looking. Without naming or pointing them out, explain your expectation. For example, “We are lining up at the door. We are quiet and facing the front.”
2) If you notice children playing with a toy or other objects, say “Keep your things in your pocket or I will take them until the end of the day.” And then follow through if needed.
3) Remind the children to raise their hand if they’d like to speak or ask questions. Ask them to sit down if they’ve left their desk to speak to you. Otherwise, expect many children at your feet and other children use this as an opportunity for misbehaving.
4) If children need to leave the classroom or go to the bathroom, send no more than two at a time and give them a pass to carry if needed.
5) Make sure to have children turn in their work at the end of the day as this will give the regular teacher an indication of which students followed directions and spent their time working.
6) Leave a note for the regular teacher and let them know how your day went. This feedback could also help future subs so be detailed and explain what could have helped you to have a better day. Give positive as well as negative feedback.
7) Keep in mind that children need extra reminders and help in understanding directions. Repeat directions and be clear with your words. If you want them to work independently make sure they know how to work the problem and ask if they have questions about the work. If possible, take some time to work on one or two of the problems together.