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    Hi,
    I am a beginning teacher of English in Israel. I am going to work in High school and I am wondering what disciplinary strategies teachers use to manage disruptive behavior (except shouting and turning out of the lesson). Thanks for the answers

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    You need to review the school's policy and guidelines on managing discipline and what sanctions are available to teachers there against disruptive students.



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    I think it's all about classroom climate. It's about the students knowing you mean business if they break the rules.
    You should set them from the beginning. Rules are about behaviours that everyone needs to abide by in order to maintain a positive environment.
    You could ask the students to help make up the rules. In my experience getting them involved encourages the students to be more responsive to following the rules.
    BUT the trick is working hard on building positive relationships.
    Relationships take more work but are powerful motivators.
    Also, follow Roverís good advice about the schoolís discipline plan.
    How old are the students youíre going to teach?
    Let us know how youíll go and stay positive.
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    Hello,

    I'm still a teacher in training and since I had quite some problems with keeping the class under my control during my internship, I asked my mentor for a couple of tips. Like Walt Whitman said, it is important to set the rules from the beginning. It's best to make sure that they are clear to everyone and to ensure that students can't find any gaps in them to force you to make an exception (unless, of course, it is a special situation). I was also told that it helps to let the students think about a rule as well. That way, they cannot tell you that they disagree with the rules because they made them up themselves.

    In my opinion, it’s best to indeed stay positive and give as little punishment as possible, although my mentor had a different view on this. If a pupil was too rowdy in class, she would tell them that they have to fetch extra exercises after class to make at home as form of punishment. However, he or she could still be exempted from the work if he or she would behave properly during the rest of the lesson. This usually seemed to work quite well.

    What I also have noticed is that non-verbal warnings seem to work better than verbal warnings. In the beginning I often raised my voice and threatened with extra exercises, but that didn’t impress my pupils at all. Later on, I found out that one premonitory look or a simple tap on the table already helped more than raising my voice.

    I think that it’s the most important to stick to your rules and show that there are consequences if they are broken. Pupils shouldn’t get the impression that they can get away with everything that I do. I still find that difficult too, though. I hope my tips are of help to you and I wish you good luck!

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    As teachers we are blessed with the joyous opportunity of working with young learners. At the best of times they are cute, amusing and a lot of fun to teach. However, even the most adorable of little angels can have their off days. So here’s a look at some of the in classroom nightmares and some ways the teacher could go about dealing with them.
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    I have removed the commercial link from the previous post. It referred only to very young children and the OP said that he/she would be teaching in a high school.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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