Rewards and Punishment

I was reading Nidhi’s blog tonight about rewards and punishment. How should we handle inappropriate behaviour in our classrooms? Should we reward or punish. I think we need to go back and review the meaning of discipline.  Webster dictionary defines discipline as:

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin disciplina teaching, learning, from discipuluspupil

First Known Use: 13th century
So where does punishment fit? This is a very touchy subject and very personal. I try to incorporate Positive Behavioural Support PBS as often as possible. In the beginning it takes more time, but long term there can be more positive student outcomes.
I found an interesting and helpful pdf on discipline. 10 Basic Points of Good Discipline even though it is written for parents, a lot of what they suggest can be incorporated into the classroom.
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2 Responses to Rewards and Punishment

  1. msinclair18 says:

    Thank-you Mariette! This is a question I have always wondered about. It kind of goes along with classroom management in a way. I really like the document you posted. The part that caught my attention was the power struggle and it made me think for a moment. Many times when having to give my niece a time out I find myself yelling or using my power as an adult against her instead of going down to her level. I agree that if we constantly use this power then children may no longer be honest about something they have done. We want them to be able to be open, but know that what they did was not right or whatever the case may be. Thank you for sharing!

    • Students learn a lot from what we do and say. Have you ever heard about Choice Theory? William Glasser believes that we are filling many different need. Good or Bad, positive or negative. Here are a few words that might guide your thought process and float you when you are a little lost and frustrated:
      Relationships and our Habits

      Seven Caring Habits Seven Deadly Habits
      1. Supporting 1. Criticizing
      2. Encouraging 2. Blaming
      3. Listening 3. Complaining
      4. Accepting 4. Nagging
      5. Trusting 5. Threatening
      6. Respecting 6. Punishing
      7. Negotiating differences 7. Bribing, rewarding to control

      The Ten Axioms of Choice Theory
      The only person whose behavior we can control is our own.
      All we can give another person is information.
      All long-lasting psychological problems are relationship problems.
      The problem relationship is always part of our present life.
      What happened in the past has everything to do with what we are today, but we can only satisfy our basic needs right now and plan to continue satisfying them in the future.
      We can only satisfy our needs by satisfying the pictures in our Quality World.
      All we do is behave.
      All behavior is Total Behavior and is made up of four components: acting, thinking, feeling and physiology.
      All Total Behavior is chosen, but we only have direct control over the acting and thinking components. We can only control our feeling and physiology indirectly through how we choose to act and think.
      All Total Behavior is designated by verbs and named by the part that is the most recognizable.
      Our school has been trying to get as many teachers certified as possible. I have a level 2 now. I find that this theory makes sense at school as well as in my personal life.

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