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Every educator has a different way of disciplining children and/or students while in the classroom. Unfortunately, some educators punish children rather than discipline them, which is not the answer for students. Students are in classrooms to learn how to do new things correctly and to be successful in future endeavors, and the educators are there to teach them how to do these things. The difference between discipline and punishment is that discipline is used to train students with a positive mindset, knowing that the educator has the student’s best interest. Punishment on the other hand is to inflict a penalty on somebody as payback for an offense. The goal people have while punishing someone is to gain compliance by causing the person to fear them and suffer (https://kindmotherhood.com/punishment-vs-discipline-definition-gentle-parenting/). It is very important to know the differences between these two definitions before getting into different ways of disciplining students, rather than punishing students. There are many different ways to discipline students in the correct way. This is called positive discipline. Positive discipline focuses on the positive behaviours of the student, rather than the negative behaviours. This type of discipline believes that there are no bad children, just bad behaviours which can be discouraged and eventually terminated without imposing harm to the student physically or mentally. Instead, the educator will focus on re-teaching and implementing the good behavior over and over again. A few very important and crucial techniques that the educator can put into place in their classroom is to make sure there are set rules that are in place throughout the whole year and that the educator is very consistent with them (https://study.com/blog/using-positive-discipline-techniques-in-the-classroom.html). Another technique is to continuously model the behaviour that you want the students to learn and praise the good behavior that the students are showing rather than focusing on the bad behaviour. Giving the student options when they are showing unwanted behaviours is also a very useful tactic. An example of this would be if a student begins to colour on the floor the educator can give them two choices: 1. You can colour on paper, or 2. You can do a different activity. Telling the student what they can do, rather than what they cannot do is very encouraged while practicing positive discipline. Students, especially children, need clear instructions on what is expected from them because children have very short attention spans. All they hear when someone tells them “no hitting” is the word ‘hit’ which will make them continue to do the behaviour. Instead, if the educator replaces “no hitting” with “let’s keep our hands on our own body”, the child will be more likely to change their behaviour and focus on keeping their hands to themselves. One more technique that is often used is individual plans or a chart called “The antecedent behaviour consequence model” which is used to transform bad behaviour into good behaviour. The chart looks at the antecedent (what is occurring before the behaviour is occurring), the behaviour (what discouraged behaviour is occurring, for example: hitting), and then the consequence (the response that follows the behaviour). This is a very well-known tactic in decreasing unwanted behaviour in the classroom. It help the educator understand why these behaviors may be happening and how they can diminish them from occurring by getting rid of the antecedent. There are many more techniques that can be put into place to diminish negative behaviour and to enforce positive behaviour but the ones stated above are basic yet very effective. As long as the educator is making the students feel safe and happy, even during times where discipline is enforced, the students will learn what is expected in the classroom while still having respect for the educator. References https://kindmotherhood.com/punishment-vs-discipline-definition-gentle-parenting/ https://study.com/blog/using-positive-discipline-techniques-in-the-classroom.html