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Monday, August 3, 2009

Classroom Management Tip #1: Have a Discipline Plan

Having a discipline plan which outlines rules, consequences, and rewards explains expectations to students, informs parents of your policies, and helps to keep the teacher focused about what is important in the classroom. Your plan should not have more than five rules and one of those rules should be to follow the school system guidelines. All rules should have set consequences that are consistently followed each day with all students. If you have too many rules to enforce then you will never be able keep the rules straight. Put the plan in writing and have both students and parents sign off that they have seen and gone over the plan. Make returning the discipline plan, signed by a parent, the student’s first grade on the second day of school. Please find below a sample of a discipline plan and a student action plan form below.

Action plans are an instrumental part of any discipline plan and can be used as a consequence that involves students in their own discipline. They are also a great way to set up a necessary phone call that has to be made to parents. Action plans are written by the student with suggestions from the teacher. It is always a good idea to have your direct supervisor look over your discipline plan to be sure that you are inline with all school polices especially if you are a new teacher.

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ProfSeeman August 3, 2009 at 5:46 PM  

You make some good points above.
However, I also think that this can be helpful to you:
The book and Training Video: PREVENTING Classroom Discipline Problems

If you can get this book and video: [they are in many libraries, so you don't have to buy them] email me and I can refer you to the sections of the book and video [that demonstrates the effective vs. the ineffective teacher] that can help you.

If your library does not have them, you can get them at:


that are also used at this online course:

See: Reviews at: http://classroommanagementonline.com/comteach.html

If you cannot get the book or video, email me anyway, and I will try to help.

Best regards,


Howard Seeman, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus,
City Univ. of New York

Prof. Seeman

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