School is the battleground for too many participants. For most teachers and students,
a main battlefield revolves around discipline. Maintaining good discipline is a necessary
condition for establishing a classroom climate that is conducive to learning.
There are many ways to provide discipline, but one of the most productive is motivating
students because they care about what they are learning. Enthusiastic teachers who
present their material in stimulating, meaningful ways motivate students. When students
are actively learning content that has personal meaning for them, they have neither the
time nor the energy to create discipline problems. Conversely, when students feel that
they are passive receptacles for knowledge, they become bored, turned off, and find
satisfaction in acting out.
Stimulating lessons require competition, high-level thinking, working cooperatively,
and create products that evoke pride. Teacher has to increase students' response, ask
more low-risk, open-ended questions, see that low-ability students have an equal chance
to respond. Of course, it is not easy work. Only teachers, who love their work and give all
their time to make their lessons in such way can increase interest of their students and
therefore provide discipline.
I used to work as a teacher in a school for children with difficult behavior. When I
started my job, the question of discipline was the main. And only after I could
concentrate students' attention on mathematics, when I knew how to work with students
with different ability at the same time, when I did not give them a moment for relaxation,
the discipline problem was solved.
Competition is highly stimulating and motivates students to achieve their best. When
competition focuses on the means, or process, the results are rewarding and high levels of
learning can be achieved. Teamwork is a positive experience....
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