Discipline is often confused with classroom management. Many textbooks used in teacher education courses discuss classroom management as if it were synonymous with classroom discipline.
This confusion muddles understanding so much that the vast majority of new teachers walk into their classroom unprepared to that which is required of excellent teaching, namely, commend respect of their students and establish relationships so students WANT to do what the teacher wants them to do.
Too many schools—especially urban ones—are having difficulty with discipline because teachers do not know how to use authority without coercion. The reason is that they are taught discipline approaches that do not work with today’s students. Coercion and aiming at obedience are counterproductive to motivating students and having them want to be responsible and put forth effort in their learning.
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