I can recall back when I was a young student and there were basically two forms of punishment if you were having issues in class. One type was a corporal punishment with a spanking with a wooden paddle. The other type of punishment was having to serve a detention after school or on Saturdays. These forms of discipline happened for elementary to high school students and didn’t matter if it was for unruly behavior or forgetting to do your homework.
In the last couple decades, school districts have moved more towards punishment that was less on the physical side. They have been relying on solely detentions, or for younger students, missing out on recess. This is perhaps the way you punish your students or your child at home as well. You might send them to their room to spend a few hours alone. However, with all of the computer devices and everything that kids have nowadays, it really isn’t much of a punishment being sent to their room anymore. If you want a real punishment, send them to my room from back when I was a kid. It wasn’t much bigger than a closet and only had a couple old novels in it and a bed.
Listed below are ways to discipline your students or children at home without the need for detention punishment. These are simply alternative ways you can incorporate into your disciplining so you aren’t always just sending them off to kid prison.
Frequently used for certain students with behavior issues, a behavior chart usually gives the students a three strike rule or something similar. This gives them a couple times to correct their poor behavior before they must face some sort of punishment. And since we are giving you alternatives to detention or sending them to the office, here is a great way to educate them on fixing their ways.
Educate Them on Proper Behavior
Unfortunately, if you have been teaching for sometime now, you have noticed that there are students that just don’t know proper behavior because their parents have not modeled it or taught it to them. Asking a student to change in a few days when they have had a lifetime of living this way can be difficult for the kid. So instead of just placing them in detention for punishment, this type of discipline initially involves you meeting with them and discussing what the issues are and how to correct them. After this first meeting, if they continue demonstrating poor behavior, have them write one page papers detailing how they could have avoided this problem. So no longer are you putting them in solitary confinement, but you are asking them to think of ways to find a solution.
It is a different way of thinking about correcting a child’s behavior. You might be able to come up with other ways similar to this. Another alternative is giving the child a book to read where they will find ways to correct their behavior. This book could be fiction or nonfiction as long as it deals with the issues they are having. If you would like help thinking outside the box even more, iAchieve does offer presentations and workshops on numerous topics that you might enjoy.
Written by Ryan Crawley