There is nothing like a discussion about behaviour and discipline, either in the staff room or in the classroom, to get people talking with passion, intensity and all too often from totally different perspectives.
“The area of discipline surfaces so often in all work in schools that we gave it its own category in the analysis of the questionnaire. Staffs are obsessed with it.”
(Canavan, 2003, p. 180)
Staff’s “obsession” with discipline, identified by Canavan (2003) above, is possibly borne out of a reality in which the level of discipline, in the school or class room, has arguably the biggest impact on the quality of our daily lives, working environment and well-being. It is often cited as a reason why teachers, young and old, decide to quit the profession. Students may well feel the same about the impact of behaviour on their working day.
Do you have a “Keep ‘Em In” or a “Kick ‘Em Out” type of approach to School Discipline?