[Originally posted March 14, 2002]

It’s no surprise that one of the major concern of new teachers is maintaining discipline, particularly if you plan to work in a “hard to staff” school. Oddly enough, though, I haven’t been overly concerned about discipline in general. I guess twenty years of dealing with lawyers, judges and sheriffs has left me confident of handling a classroom full of children. Still, I have worried about handling specific children: confrontational, violent, attention-grabbing or passive-aggressive ones. With those kids, the first confrontation can set the tone for the entire relationship. Yesterday, though, I found a very good book on the subject: Succeeding with Difficult Students: New Strategies for Reaching Your Most Challenging Students by Lee and Marlene Canter (Canter & Assoc., 1993). More