Discipline – A word. But, what goes on in the mind of a toddler when he/she hears a word like this? Will it even make sense to them? Well, many people try to equate this with a kind of punishment they give for a wrong behavior or a spanking.
Sorry teachers! That’s not exactly the point behind this article. Many child psychology experts reveal this word, ‘discipline’, is all about setting real rules. Those rules can help stop the tiny human from growing up into an aggressive, inappropriate and dangerous individual. And when he/she breaks the rules, they also need to be aware of the consequences. In fact, it is about being a strict boss on the job!
Right words – As a teacher, the rule of thumb in the class is to avoid the “No” formula. From feel that kindergarten school is like stuffing the kid with books , the point is clear that the right type of words used in the class makes their battle easy in managing the behavior of kids. The reason for this is, kids get confused when “no”, “never” and “don’t” are used. They won’t know if they need to take the instruction seriously or not! Be simple in defining what rules need to be followed in the class, the Do’s and Don’ts, and set the limits that should always be followed, with appropriate consequences when the limits have been crossed.
Know those trigger points – For some kids, removing objects from their rightful place is fun while for others, running around the class itself is. So, every child is unique and requires a different kind of approach to handle and trigger that behavior. For instance, if during an activity the kid is removing all the art supplies and keeping it in the place they like, don’t start lecturing on it. Instead, move those supplies to a higher shelf, out of their reach. If the kid is running around in the class, be silent and make the class silent as well and go on with the work as if no one is observing him/her. They will eventually make their way back.
No emotions in the class – Sometimes or most of the time, it’s very hard for a nursery teacher to control a few emotions and stop being frustrated. But then remember, a teacher is the strongest human from the kid’s point of view, so they expect some assertiveness. Also, they know somewhere in their hearts that it is the teacher who can control them. In case of unmanageable misbehavior, don’t express the anger first! Resist from raising your voice. Instead, take a deep long breath and make a firm eye contact with the child. Be stern, serious as well as fast in delivering the reprimand.
These are the most important strategies that can be ranked top in understanding as well as managing the behavior of a nursery kid.