1.Have a written discipline policy and POST it. As far as your official policy for classroom discipline goes, you need to be thinking “objective” as much as possible, not “subjective.” For example, you shouldn’t be saying things to kids like “you should know better” (many of them do not), “stop acting up” or “cut all that out” (that is WAY too broad) or “you guys are being terrible today”(again, that is not very specific). And when you have trouble explaining exactly which rule was broken, and the steps you took to correct the behavior, it begins to look like you are singling out one child “picking on a certain kid” because you personally do not like them. And it is always best to not make any of this personal. Parents need to be your biggest partners and advocates; HOWEVER- nothing brings out a parent’s defensiveness and distrust, than when they…

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