Special schools have been specifically set up to cater for the needs of disabled children. Why deprive these children of such tailor-made provision?

From the website of Centre for studies on inclusive education http://www.csie.org.uk/ 

Many of today’s special schools have evolved out of Health-managed Junior Training Centres, which were themselves set up at a time when disabled people were mostly seen as defective and/or objects of pity. Today many of these institutions remain, but the mentality that created them is increasingly called into question: as social values progress and people with unusual bodies or minds are increasingly appreciated and respected as people, it makes little social, educational or moral sense to maintain separate educational institutions for a small minority of children. At a time when personalised learning is a strong feature of mainstream schooling, there is no reason why tailor-made provision has to take place in separate institutions. CSIE suggests that with creative use of resources, including human resources, this question can be turned on its head: why deprive disabled children of the opportunity to grow up, learn and develop with their peers?

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How to Handle Discipline for the Individual and Classroom

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One of the main responsibilities of teachers is to deliver quality instruction while managing a classroom of students who are individuals with differing personalities and learning styles. Learning is adversely affected if the classroom environment is chaotic. Organization and clearly defined expectations are the keys to handling discipline.




Explain and discuss classroom rules and consequences on the first day of school. Allow students to express their opinions and give feedback. This builds an atmosphere of mutual respect. Students are more apt to behave and work hard for a teacher they respect.

Apply rules uniformly and impartially. If students see you play favorites or bend the rules for a few, they will resent it. Although there are extenuating circumstances in some situations that call for a different approach, strive to treat students fairly.

Talk to students individually about misbehavior. Do not stop teaching and begin a shouting match with a disruptive student. Ask him to stop, then explain the consequence and continue teaching. If the student refuses or becomes aggressive, contact the office via the intercom system and request that the child be removed from your class temporarily.

Forgive and forget. That may sound trite, but it is important that the kids in your class see that you will not hold their mistakes against them. If a student commits an infraction and suffers the consequence, do not bring it up in class or refer to it in a derogatory fashion.




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The Similarities & Differences Between Classroom Management & Discipline

The Similarities & Differences Between Classroom Management & Discipline

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Teachers often use the terms classroom management and classroom discipline interchangeably. However, the two ideas are very different in how they are applied in a classroom setting. Classroom management is the responsibility of the teacher to provide procedures and routines. Classroom discipline is the student’s responsibility for following rules and facing consequences of breaking rules.

1.     Classroom Management

o        Classroom management is the teacher’s responsibility, and good management requires the use of procedure and routines. However, these are not rules. A procedure is what the teacher wants done. For example, each morning there are worksheets for the children to complete before class starts and will be gone over first thing. That is the procedure. The routine is the students getting the worksheets and completing them without being told every morning. Procedures and routines should be established early in the school year. Students in classes with good management will know what to do and when they are supposed to do it.

Classroom Discipline

o        Classroom discipline refers to negative consequences for a student who does not follow the rules. One of the rules might be “Keep hands and feet to yourself.” If a student keeps poking his neighbor with a pencil, the student must be disciplined. Well-disciplined classrooms have discipline escalation. A child might be reminded of the rule first. If the child repeats the mistake, his name might be written on the board. Each action requires a higher level of discipline.

Similarities of Management and Discipline

o        In both classroom management and classroom discipline, the teacher sets expectations for the class. The students must know at all times what is required of them, and they also must know what the consequences are if they do not adhere to those requirements. Teachers must be consistent in their application of management and discipline policies with no favorites in class. If a normally good student starts to misbehave, the same policies will apply to that student as it would to the class troublemakers.

Poor Management and Discipline

o        Teachers who have poor classroom management skills will commonly use discipline to gain control of their students. Instead of children knowing what is expected of them and responding to procedures and routines, the children are worried they might get in trouble. A classroom run by discipline might not result in a positive learning environment. If a student does not know what is expected of her, the chances she will misbehave increase, resulting in the need to discipline.


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Classroom Rule Ideas

Classroom Rule Ideas

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Classroom rules are different from classroom procedures. The rules define the way the class interacts and defines a classroom culture. However, creating these classroom rules can be daunting for an elementary teacher. Some basic rules can be used in any elementary classroom and can work together to create a positive classroom environment.

1.      How to Treat Others

o        The idea of treating others as you would want to be treated is often assumed or taken for granted in a classroom. However, if it were taken seriously, many problems would be avoided. When problems between students occur, come back to this rule. If it is broken, then a true apology is due. Make sure this part is explained with the rule.

Come Prepared

o        Students should come to school each day ready to learn. This includes having homework completed and all school supplies in the backpack. If for some reason a student doesn’t have these things, it is her responsibility to solve the problem. She has to find the supplies she needs or miss out on possible homework points.

Best of Your Ability

o        All students must strive to do everything to the best of their ability. We cannot all be good at everything, but we need to try our best at everything. Students need to understand that complaining or whining does not count as trying. Trying your best means making multiple efforts, seeking help when needed and asking questions.

Classroom Respect

o        Students must treat the classroom like they would their home and the things in their home. The furniture and supplies need to be treated with respect. This means when students make messes, they clean them up. Students do not rely on the school janitor to clean up after them. The goal is to make the janitor’s job as minimal as possible. You can supply your classroom with small brooms and dust pans, and baby wipes to clean table tops. Each day, time should be devoted to tiding the classroom and once a week students should clean the classroom.

Help Each Other

o        Students need to help each other. The classroom should be a place where people are constantly interacting with one another. When someone doesn’t understand or can’t find something, help them.

Extra Tips

o        With each rule, discuss what it means. Then give a descriptive example of the rule and what it looks like when students are following the rule. Next have students act out the proper way to follow the rule and then the improper way to follow the rule. Finally, make sure to enforce the rules and catch students following the rules.


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