The Self-Sustaining Classroom
There are many excellent classroom management techniques available now to help almost any teacher achieve what I’m going to describe. I’ve seen Chris Biffle’s “Power Teaching” taught successfully in many schools in many districts. It makes classrooms more safe, fun, and effective and the control method is more persuasive than coercive.
I wish it had been available when I began teaching in 1959. In the 60’s and 70’s I used one swat to the behind or suspension and they were effective punishments and deterrents for those who were physically and emotionally hurting others. Even then (without realizing these were more of the reasons for their change) I balanced these coercive methods in two ways.
One was that every child received due process. No punishment was arbitrary and the student either admitted his offense or it was proven. He explained his side and if he was found guilty he could appeal to be heard by the classroom student court. Read more at www.huffingtonpost.com