A teacher asked ” A child is told to raise his hands up and close his eyes during a lesson…Is this an appropriate form of punishment while a lesson is going on?”
I’d like to know what parents and teachers intend to achieve with all those forms of negative discipline and for how long ?
I will tell this child to step to the back of the class for a while , he does not need to raise up his hand at all. As soon as he is calm ,he returns to his seat.
If he had wasted much time staying off task ,then he must put in the same amount of time and more on the same task plus extra all alone under my supervison.
That is my own form of discipline for this boy .
Infact what works faster is simply moving behind or beside the learner to continue my teaching and engagement with the class.
Praising those who are participating well without a single mention of the learner that was misbehaving, he or she calms down immediately almost every time I use this method.
For those who want to know how we do it without abusive methods ,those are two approaches we have used and we have great testimonies.
I abandoned negative and abusive methods over two decades ago , I found that I achieved better and lasting results in behaviour management with positive discipline and alternative discipline strategies.
Those approaches correct and give needed support to the child all the way as they become responsible godly and global citizens.
I am not judging you for using your methods , that’s all you know for now and are used to. Kindly keep an open mind and learn other approaches.
Youth Mentor & Child Right Advocate