Nowadays, teachers are very much aware of DepEd Order No. 40, s2012 known as Policy Guidelines on Protecting Children in School from Abuse, Violence, Exploitation, Discrimination, Bullying and Other Forms of Child Abuse. This DepEd Order prohibits the corporal punishment to the children. Corporal punishment is defined as physical abuse that can brought embarrassment, distress and self – pity. Contrary to this corporal punishment is the use of positive discipline which is believed to have great impact in achieving high performance of pupils.
Several studies that revolved around positive reinforcement mentioned Skinner, a prestigious behavioral psychologist who was known for promoting positive behaviors in his studies. Based on his studies, when students feel better about one thing, they are more interested to do it. When a child environment has positive environment, they will be motivated to stay in the classroom and stay away from roaming outside. Winter, who studied praise of students through social networks concluded that positive reinforcement has created sense of community and well-motivated learners.
Effective discipline is positive and constructive. Positive in a way that no more use of any kind of punishment instead it shall be constructive wherein pupils will realize the value of self-discipline. Here are some steps in providing positive discipline.
Identify the reason of the pupil’s behavior. Misbehavior of pupils usually has its root cause. Many pupils misbehaved to catch attention for some reasons. It is very important for the teacher to know why the child behave that way. Knowing the reason will help teacher to address the behavioral problem of his pupil thus making learning more possible for the learner.
Identify the long term objective. Teacher define the character of the pupil he wanted to be. In this step, he helps children to become more caring, capable and strong adult.
Be affectionate. Teacher should make sure that every pupil in the class belongs to one family. Be sensitive to their needs. Teacher should make their pupils feel that they are loved and cared for. This would help them to be motivated to study well thus improve their academic performance
Provide structure. Pupil must understand that every action he made will be his sole responsibility. Teacher should make them feel that their mistakes can be corrected and will help him be a better person. Responding with positive discipline. Through the steps that the teacher made, he will act with the situation positively.
Pupils are very important element in the teaching – learning process. Let us impose discipline where no pupil will experience embarrassment instead it will be a way for them to be a better person. Always be reminded of your LONG TERM GOAL.
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