Harry Wong. Management is Not Discipline. “Too many teachers do not teach. They do activities, and when problems arise , they discipline…Many classrooms are unmanaged . As a result, little is accomplished in them,” Harry Wong. Management and Discipline are not one in the same….
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Harry Wong Management is Not Discipline
“Too many teachers do not teach. They do activities, and when problems arise, they discipline…Many classrooms are unmanaged. As a result, little is accomplished in them,” Harry Wong.
Management and Discipline are not one in the same… • Teachers are consumed with trying to find ways to handle the behavior problems of their students and spend no time structuring a classroom management plan to prevent the problems from occurring. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! • “The number one problem in the classroom is not discipline: it is the lack or procedures and routines,” Harry Wong.
Difference between Discipline andProcedures • Discipline concerns how students behave. • Procedures concern how things are done. • Discipline has penalties and rewards. • Procedures have no penalties or rewards. “A rule is a dareto be broken, whereas, a procedure is not. A procedure is a do, a step to be learned,” Harry Wong. Procedures need to be explained by the teacher and understood by students from the first day. Rules and disciplines should also be clearly discussed and labeled in the classroom.
Procedure: What the teacher wants done. • Routine: What the students do automatically. • There are several classroom procedures that should be routine for students… • Procedure for dismissal at the end of the period or day. • Procedure for quieting a class. • Procedure for the start of the period or day. • Procedure for students seeking help. • Procedure for the movement of students and papers.
Harry Wong’s Simple 3 step Approach for Teaching Procedures… • Explain: State, explain, model, and demonstrate the procedure. • Rehearse: Rehearse and practice the procedure under your supervision. • Reinforce. Reteach, rehearse, practice, and reinforce the classroom procedure until it becomes a student habit or routine.
According to Harry Wong The Effective Teacher… • Has a discipline plan that does not degrade students. • Makes good eye contact • Provides a copy of the plan for each student. • Enforces the rules consistently. • Has learned how to discipline with the body, not with the mouth. • Teaches students the concept of consequences and responsibility. • Has self-confidence and faith in his or her capabilities.
Nonverbal Discipline • A nod, a smile , a stare, a frown, a raised eyebrow, or a gesture is often all that is needed, and it does not even disturb the class at work. • Body language can speak volumes. Use it to manage the classroom and minimize disruptions.
“One of the greatest gifts a caring teacher can contribute to children is to help them learn to sit when they feel like running, to raise their hand when they feel like talking, to be polite to their neighbor, to stand in line without pushing, and to do their homework when they feel like playing. By introducing procedures in the classroom, you are also introducing procedures as a way of living a happy and successful life,” Harry Wong. “You cannot have a better school if you don’t have better teachers,” says Harry Wong. “Teach the teachers to be effective and you will have student achievement.”
Works Cited Wong, Harry and Rosemary. “Effective Teaching.” Teaching.net Gazette. Oct 08 2011, Vol 8 No 10. http://teachers.net/wong/OCT11/. Web. 10.08.11. Harry Wong. (2011, September 17). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:03, October 10, 2011, from/en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Harry_Wong& oldid=450903916 Glavac, Marjan. “Classroom-Management – Discipline and Behavior Problems.1” The Busy Educator: Become An Effective Teacher & Save Your Valuable Time and Energy. http://www.thebusyeducator.com/wong.htm. Web. 10.08.11