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  • 0:02 Classroom Discipline
  • 0:53 Systems and Preemptive Tools
  • 1:17 Expectations
  • 2:36 In-the-Moment Tools &…
  • 4:38 Things to Remember
  • 5:03 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Jennifer Carnevale

Jennifer has a dual master's in English literature/teaching and is currently a high school English teacher. She teaches college classes on the side.

What makes a great classroom? Is it the teacher, the students, or the resources? While these components are important, tying them into great classroom management skills is key. Learn more about classroom discipline, preemptive strategies, and in-the-moment tools.

Classroom Discipline

Discipline is defined as the practice of teaching others to obey rules or norms by using punishment to correct unwanted behaviors. In a classroom, a teacher uses discipline to ensure routine is maintained, school rules are enforced, and the students are in a safe learning environment. While the word discipline seems negative, the goal of using discipline is to teach students boundaries and limits to help students achieve personal and academic life goals.

Without discipline, learning cannot be accomplished. If students constantly disrupt the teacher, the others in class are affected. If a student does not follow the rules and does not complete classwork or homework, that student is missing out on valuable learning opportunities. The goal of discipline is to ensure each student receives the most from their education. Let's take a look at some strategies teachers can use in the classroom.

Systems and Preemptive Tools

When thinking about classroom discipline, we usually think about punishment. Instead, let's try and stop the negative behaviors before they start. To do this, we need to think about classroom management. What tools are you putting in place before the school year begins to manage your classroom? What types of routines or systems will you use to ensure a consistent and safe classroom environment? Let's start with expectations.


Before you can enforce rules and norms, you have to clearly establish your expectations. Our students need to know what is expected of them and how to behave.

Teachers should have class rules. It is important to have a list of expectations, such as class rules, either posted on a wall or in a syllabus to ensure students understand what is expected of them. It's also imperative that the teacher explains these rules so students have the ability to ask questions.

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