Responsibilities of Teachers
The classroom teacher has the major responsibility for student discipline and classroom management. Each teacher has the responsibility for the development of a threefold disciplinary policy within the classroom. First is the development of a positive climate, second are the actions that are preventive in nature, and third are those activities which can be described as corrective.
The percentage of disciplinary cases found in a classroom correlates to some extent with the quality and effectiveness of the program operating in the classroom. Teachers who provide meaningful and challenging experiences that relate to student needs have fewer discipline problems. Although some discipline problems result from difficulties within the social or cultural environment rather than from within the class- room or school, students will be held responsible for their actions.
The efficient, routine operation of a classroom requires a well-developed, well- understood, and consistent set of rules and regulations. If students are to be held accountable for certain standards, these expectations must be established ahead of time in a manner that makes them easily learned and understood.
Developing a long list of do’s and don’ts in an attempt to cover every contingency can create a classroom climate in which the object becomes “beating the system.” Rules and regulations that attempt to define every type of situation and recourse are not necessary.
Each school operating in Greensville County provides a referral system within which teachers know under what circumstances they should ask for assistance, to whom they should go, and who accepts responsibility for the student’s behavior after the referral. Teachers will refer a student for discipline when the situation has gone beyond a reasonable effort. An adequate follow-through will exist so that all staff members involved will be aware of any actions taken.