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Posted on October 8, 2018 3:19 am
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eRuWaX
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Disciplining Students
One of my biggest weaknesses is confrontation. My whole life I've struggled with being a confrontational person, and I Worry that once I begin teaching I will still struggle with this in the classroom. I know how easy it is to lose control over a classroom, and the importance of disciplining students and correcting misbehavior before it spreads. But if anyone else has struggled with confrontation like I do, what measures should I take to become comfortable with confrontation?
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 13, 2018 3:45 am

Xezuda
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Classroom management is a huge factor into keeping a well manged room, but what you can do is start the year off by showing the students your rules and show them who is boss. As long as you have a good foundation you should not have a problem.
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yGedeb
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Yes, firm rules, but don't show them "who's boss." This classroom needs to be a partnership for it to run smoothly!
  Posted on: February 18, 2019 4:05 pm

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Posted February 18, 2019 5:02 pm

Cali Pohlman
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Classroom management does heavily rely on confrontation with students, however confrontation does not need to be negative.
Initially, I would start the school year by setting and discussing the high expectations I have for students. Students will learn best in an environment that is structured.
Repeat/reinforce your expectations continuously for the first few weeks of the school year as students become accustomed to their new classroom.
Don’t let up! Be stern with your rules but do not appear “bossy” or like a dictator. This will not allow you to create positive relationships with your students.
Treat them with respect and like adults; there is no need to baby them.
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Haley Kennedy
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Great solution! I agree confrontation does not have to be negative. There are several solutions. 9/10
  Posted on: February 22, 2019 7:09 pm

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Solution 3
Posted February 18, 2019 4:04 pm

yGedeb
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Discipling a student is NOT about confrontation. When you run a classroom, you need rapport. Additionally, you can manage a classroom often with a glance or proximity. You should never fight with a student. Do not engage in power struggles!
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gyGara
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I also believe that a power struggle is not a solution. Aren't most student's just acting out because of the things in their own lives that are out of their little hands?
  Posted on: February 24, 2019 6:55 pm

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Solution 4
Posted February 18, 2019 9:29 pm

buQyme
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A way you can manage your classroom is by possibly having a reward system or a praising system (not sure what grade level you are wanting to teach) and show them that there will be and are consequences when you misbehave. Also i am not big on confrontation, but if the same student is the one you are constantly needing to have a talk with, then get that one on one talk and make a connection to the student(s) to see if you can solve this issue.
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Solution 5
Posted February 19, 2019 11:58 pm

Simone Haddad
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I will say that one of the first things you can do, is change the way you see the interactions you will inevitable have with your students, as not confrontations, but merely guiding them to how they can be better members of our society. Refocusing your out look on these situations and no longer seeing them as confrontations, may make dealing with student behavior issues easier. Also, remember that at the end of the day, it is the student's choices, decisions that are resulting in your reactions. If you have set clear expectations, rules and procedures up at the beginning of the school year, a student deciding to deviate from those actions, has made the decision themselves to act that way.

For some students, they will only need simple reminders; which doesn't have to be seen as a confrontation, just merely a redirection. For the more difficult situations, going into them not being afraid will make it easier. Yet, your voice will develop over time and the longer you are teaching, the more confident you will become and the more confident you will be in dealing with these situations.
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Solution 6
Posted February 19, 2019 11:59 pm

Kathy Allen
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It will be important to establish the rules and procedures of your classroom on the first day of school. You can attempt to avoid confrontation by doing this. However, there will be cases where you will need to be stern and discipline students. How you discipline will depend on the the rules, rewards, and consequences that you developed for, or with, the class. This will create a partnership between you and the students where everybody knows what is expected and what happens if those expectations are not met.
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Solution 7
Posted February 23, 2019 7:35 pm

upyWyH
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I worry about this too. I definitely agree with setting and explaining the firm rules and high expectations at the beginning of the school year. Also being organized and prepared for class will help reduce misbehavior however kids will be kids and there will be times where they test your boundaries just don't let those boundaries be broken, preventing this doesn't always mean confrontation. You can give praise and positive reinforcement for good behavior and sometimes just redirecting misbehavior and signaling to the student that you see what they are doing and you disapprove can nip the misbehavior in the bud, and avoid the big confrontations. however, when you do need to confront a student about his/her behavior it doesn't need to be harsh, you can be yourself and just talk to the student about what you expect out of them and ask why he/she is acting in this way and what you could do to help them succeed. If their behavior is harmful and destructive you will just naturally confront the student your worry will be on your students, not the confrontation itself.
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