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Teaching Essentials

Curriculum, Instruction, Classroom Management, and Discipline
Join successful teachers who understand the differences to pinpoint a problem.

Curriculum refers to what is taught.
Instruction has two parts: teaching and learning
(1) what the teacher does and (2) what the students do.
Classroom Management deals with how things are done. It’s about practicing procedures until they become routines. Classroom management is enhanced when procedures are explained, modeled for students, practiced, and periodically (when necessary) reinforced by practicing again. Classroom management is the teacher’s responsibility.
Discipline is the student’s responsibility. It deals with how they behave. It’s about impulse management and self-control.

If you have an unsuccessful lesson, ask yourself:
Was it the curriculum? I just didn’t make … >>>


Classroom Management, Discipline, Curriculum, and Instruction

An understanding of each distinctive concept is essential for effective teaching.

“The Brilliant Inventiveness of Student Misbehavior: Test Your Classroom Management Skills” was the title of an article in a well-respected educational journal. The article had some good suggestions. However, there was a glaring misnaming in that the article had nothing to do with classroom management. The article was entirely about discipline.


So are many educators—even college professors. When speaking at an international conference on character education, a college professor said to me, “I don’t like the word ‘discipline’; it’s too harsh, so I use the term ‘classroom management’ instead.” This teacher of teachers had not a clue as to the differences.

I was honored as the Distinguished Lecturer … >>>


Classroom Management

Unfortunately, any educators confuse “classroom management” with “discipline.”

The essential differences between curriculum, instruction, classroom management, and discipline is importantA clear understanding of the the differences between each assists in teachers’ becoming more effective and efficient in each category. Most importantly, understanding the differences between the four areas can pinpoint the cause of problems. 

Rules are  meant to control, not inspire. They aim at teaching obedience—rather than promoting responsibility. Rules are necessary in games, but between people rules create adversarial relationships due the enforcement mentality. Learn a much more effective approach to promote responsible behavior and reduce discipline problems.

Procedures are the key to successful classroom management. 

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