Role of Punishment in Classroom Management

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.

While the word punishment has a negative connotation, the intention behind the word stems from a positive place. In this lesson we will learn about the role of punishment in the classroom and how it's used as a form of classroom management.

Johnny, You Need a Time Out

Even the best students are not perfect. As much as we'd love to believe we will not have to discipline students, the reality is that classroom management is a significant aspect of teaching. Sometimes we can deter bad behavior with a few simple rules, but there are also times we may have to use forms of punishment to reinforce boundaries and regain control.

Read on to learn about the role of punishment in the classroom and how it connects to classroom management.

Classroom Climate

Before we can talk about classroom management, we need to explore the climate of the classroom. Classroom climate is the makeup of a classroom involving the social, emotional, and physical aspects of the room. The classroom climate indicates the vibe of the teacher and the atmosphere the students encounter during their time learning. When we set up our classroom, we think about decorating the walls and room, but we also have to set rules and expectations for our students, hence the role of punishment when a student crosses the preset boundaries. The climate indicates a baseline for boundaries and student behaviors, good and bad.

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