Classroom Discipline for Educators

Hardcore Discipline

If you don’t like discipline, then right away you are in a losing battle with your students. Anything worthwhile takes discipline to accomplish. Discipline involves a set of rules that you have to follow even when you don’t want to. Discipline is in place so that your students can take those necessary, and painful, action steps toward their learning. Let me clarify painful; we are not talking torture here. Pain can come in the form of wanting something pleasurable now when you can’t have it yet. Most students feel some pain daily, as they really don’t want to get out of bed so early, for example. Are you going to just let them stay in bed all day? No. Should their parents? Absolutely not. So, I ask you to understand that there will be pain in your classroom. The better teachers deliver a lot of pain in their classrooms. This is no different than a personal trainer that gets their clients to exceed their goals; there is going to be some real pain. This pain is designed to grow the student.

I started every semester the same way: All Pain! This was a calculated move on my part, as I started to realize that going soft on kids the first days of school was a waste of valuable time. What are we waiting for? Did they accidently get to school, pick up their schedule, and fall into your class? No, they did it purposefully. I get that no one wants pain, but my job was to educate my students. So, the first day, I would hand them more material than they could mentally handle. I would just keep piling on the handouts and packets until even the smart kids were damn near in shock. Then, I would toss them a heavy ass World History book. That was the back breaker. I could see kids mentally trying to find God, wishing for my death, or waiting for the opportunity to text their mom to fly the coop.

My method was simple. Even the hardest things, once mastered, will get easier. Starting out easy was not going to help them understand the discipline needed to be successful and become a better-educated student. Nothing is easy on the first day. In fact, if it were too easy, you’d think you were robbed. If it is too hard, you will run away. With the law on my side, where could they go? HA-HA! Seriously, my point, which they understood in a few months, was that they could survive, and start to control their own educational destiny. As their friends that jumped ship early on started to complain about their new landing spot, because it was becoming harder, my kids were adjusted to the level and expectations. Remember, your students will be out in the real world in four short years; you don’t have time to go easy on them.

This is part of a chapter from my book Rock The Crowd: How The Cool Teachers Inspire More Students, Earn More Respect, and Become Lifelong Mentors. Every Wednesday and Friday (Starting April 8, 2014) I will share parts of every chapter. Don’t forget that the shares from my first book Learning Curve are on Monday and Thursday.

Is there anything better for students than being in the class of the cool teacher? When it comes to being a teenage student, and being forced to attend school, there is nothing better than a class where the teacher is passionate about education. How do these popular teachers continue to be the sparkle in the eyes of so many children, while there are others that can’t get them to pay attention? Rock the Crowd shares the methods of those teachers that are considered cool by students, while maintaining the best relationships for valuable learning to take place. For the “cool teacher,” the front of their classroom is their stage, and every day, for hours, they give the greatest performance their students have seen to date. The crowd-rocker teaches with passion and convictions that inspire real student connections and learning that last a lifetime. These teachers are popular, year after year, while others are still struggling to learn how to relate to the students. In Rock the Crowd, I share all the things cool teachers do that make them successful in working with, and producing, successful and long lasting, learning-centered relationships. Rock the Crowd is great for teachers who are struggling to find their teaching groove and to reenergize those that are already grooving.

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Attributes to Successful Teaching

Core Attributes to Rock the Crowd

Cool teachers have substance to who they are, and why they are doing things. If you have some cool teachers in your school, then take this list and just observe what they do. Now, there are always those teachers that are fool’s gold and attract the students that want an easy “A” or to get one over on the system. This is a sample of short-term teacher-student relationship, and is based on a take-take rather than a give-take. The students are pumping that teacher up to use them for their weak discipline plan, below average teaching skills and neediness. In fact, you may already know of a few. You instantly see the difference in the teachers that are connecting and forming the right student-teacher relationships. Those teachers have a high percentage of the following qualities that help them connect, educate, and mentor better than others. These teachers are hardcore disciplinarians; they are passionate about their job and life. Their passion bleeds from them and they can’t be rattled in stressful situations. They know why they are a teacher, and they understand their role as an educator. They leave emotion at the door; they are fair. They have hobbies, and are interesting people, and when it comes to working with students, every day is a new day.

Take a few moments to look at your teaching routine and see if you have the majority of things on that list. I will go over each one so you can develop your own twist to becoming the cool teacher that makes great connections to improve the lives of your students.

The core attributes of cool teachers are the meat of this book. By reading these attributes you can see where you stand, and how you can use the info to unleash the cool teacher in you. If you have a problem with me using the terms “cool”, or “popular,” then you may want to stop here. These terms are used because they are true. Kids, even when we were that age, love to be connected to the words “cool” and “popular.” I am not talking about popularity at the cost of self-esteem, but a coolness where many students will open up to your confidence, and therefore, open up to learning. The core attributes are the basics of the teachers I have witnessed during my 13-year career as a classroom teacher. When I started teaching, I was liked, but according to my new definition, I wasn’t cool. I was enjoyed by students, but not popular. In my second year, I started to turn the corner as I thought about the teachers I enjoyed in high school. They were of all shapes, sizes, and colors, but they all had the cool and popular vibe going. Luckily, in the early part of my career, there were some good, experienced, teachers that would talk with me about being a teacher. They had decades of experience, and they were awesome. They would tell stories, and then pull me aside and remind me of what my main purpose was. Just having those lifers speak with me was very valuable, and it helped me shape my approach to teaching.

These attributes are directly related to those conversations, and moments of guidance. I was lucky to have such a great group of mentors during the first three years of my career. These attributes are from my observations, and if you are struggling as a teacher, you are in the right place. Take hold of the message, and make them your own. Your students await your coolness!

This is part of a chapter from my book Rock The Crowd: How The Cool Teachers Inspire More Students, Earn More Respect, and Become Lifelong Mentors. Every Wednesday and Friday (Starting April 8, 2014) I will share parts of every chapter. Don’t forget that the shares from my first book Learning Curve are on Monday and Thursday.

Is there anything better for students than being in the class of the cool teacher? When it comes to being a teenage student, and being forced to attend school, there is nothing better than a class where the teacher is passionate about education. How do these popular teachers continue to be the sparkle in the eyes of so many children, while there are others that can’t get them to pay attention? Rock the Crowd shares the methods of those teachers that are considered cool by students, while maintaining the best relationships for valuable learning to take place. For the “cool teacher,” the front of their classroom is their stage, and every day, for hours, they give the greatest performance their students have seen to date. The crowd-rocker teaches with passion and convictions that inspire real student connections and learning that last a lifetime. These teachers are popular, year after year, while others are still struggling to learn how to relate to the students. In Rock the Crowd, I share all the things cool teachers do that make them successful in working with, and producing, successful and long lasting, learning-centered relationships. Rock the Crowd is great for teachers who are struggling to find their teaching groove and to reenergize those that are already grooving.

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Educator, Know Thy Self!

Who Are You?

Who are you as a teacher? Right now, assess if you are cool and popular, or not. If you are a cool and popular teacher, good, but you may want to keep reading to make sure. If you think you may not be a cool and popular teacher, or you KNOW you are not, then keep reading, and you will get plenty of helpful tips to help change all of that.

Who you are defines how you will react to all students. As a teacher, your personality will also define how you react to all students. If your beliefs are so that you dislike a certain group of students, then it will show up when you have to deal with those students. You can’t hide from the truth. I am not saying that you should agree with everything, but you have to be accepting of the diversity of students you will have to interact with.

One of the worst things I have heard a teacher say is that all they want to do is “work with the good kids.” No shit, really? You only want to work with the kids doing everything you ask, at every moment, and do it enthusiastically? Well, I guess you don’t want to teach kids. Teenagers are the complete opposite. They are here to discover and decide. They will test the wall, and be strange. They will go against your valuable advice and directives, just like you did as a teen.

You have to work on being accepting of all students because they are changing just like those before them. They are trying to figure out the world and how they fit. They are all going through the same things every human on the planet goes through during their teen years.

Who you are will define if you stand up for, and support, your students. I believe that teachers have a duty to stand up for students. As gunmen enter schools, regularly as is the case lately, I am amazed at how teachers will stand up to these sure-death moments to protect the kids. Now, not every teacher needs to go through that to prove they are worthy, but check out your daily habits. Are you seeing each student in the best light?

In my class, you really had to prove you were an asshole of a kid before I would believe it. Over a thirteen year period, there were about five students total that really proved they were just going to be that type of person. I think that is a good ratio. Of the hundreds of kids, there was only a handful I would consider “too much” for me to handle. I did have some that were committed to testing my limits, but I always gave them another shot.

When it comes to delivering the best education to your students, you have to stand up for them. This is a daunting task with very little, monetary rewards. But you are rewarded by knowing you are at the forefront of creating and influencing excellent citizens.

Support comes in all forms, but students have told me they just need to feel that someone cares about them outside of their house. This amazed me, as many students shared that the care of a “stranger” became a trusted adult and made them feel like the world isn’t as bad as the news may show.

Who you are will define if you treat all students fairly, even when they don’t deserve it. On those days when they really work to break your spirit with any and every antic, you still have to treat them fairly. These can be the hardest of days, but I believe that the popular teachers know these days are coming, so they are not surprised. I am often amazed that teachers are surprised their kids will act imperfectly. However, how you approach all situations will help your days go better.

This is part of a chapter from my book Rock The Crowd: How The Cool Teachers Inspire More Students, Earn More Respect, and Become Lifelong Mentors. Every Wednesday and Friday (Starting April 8, 2014) I will share parts of every chapter. Don’t forget that the shares from my first book Learning Curve are on Monday and Thursday.

Is there anything better for students than being in the class of the cool teacher? When it comes to being a teenage student, and being forced to attend school, there is nothing better than a class where the teacher is passionate about education. How do these popular teachers continue to be the sparkle in the eyes of so many children, while there are others that can’t get them to pay attention? Rock the Crowd shares the methods of those teachers that are considered cool by students, while maintaining the best relationships for valuable learning to take place. For the “cool teacher,” the front of their classroom is their stage, and every day, for hours, they give the greatest performance their students have seen to date. The crowd-rocker teaches with passion and convictions that inspire real student connections and learning that last a lifetime. These teachers are popular, year after year, while others are still struggling to learn how to relate to the students. In Rock the Crowd, I share all the things cool teachers do that make them successful in working with, and producing, successful and long lasting, learning-centered relationships. Rock the Crowd is great for teachers who are struggling to find their teaching groove and to reenergize those that are already grooving.

http://www.createspace.com/ 4703109

All Things Great at Book Launch

When I wrote and published my first book the feeling was awesome. It was such a good feeling what within 6 weeks I had published my second book. The publishing of a book is such a daunting task and it challenges the soul deliver something permanent to the world that people can love or hate. Publishing a book of your words and thoughts can be frightening. Just as many people that say to me they want to write a book have been the same amount of people that are too afraid to do it. Everyone has fears about writing and publishing a book but mine were put to rest by Tara Richter (www.richterpublishing.com) and her system for publishing aspiring writers in 4 weeks.

Here is a review of the event: http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/blog/morning-edition/2014/04/business-owners-to-book-authors-in-four-weeks.html

My results were typical of anyone that works with her. By the end of the writing seminar my book was ready to be shipped to me. I must admit that her process is faster than 4 weeks. I only took 5 seminar days to have my book ready for print and ship. From that completion date it took 8 days to get my books in hand. That was a great day for me.

My Books:
Author: Rock The Crowd: How The Cool Teachers Inspire More Students, Earn More Respect, and Become Lifelong Mentors. https://www.createspace.com/4703109

Author: Learning Curve, How to Prepare for Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going
https://www.createspace.com/4626501

Learning Curve Video: http://youtu.be/9xp-ikkQ1TU

Meeting Tara and learning this system has dramatically changed my life for the better. She has taught me a system that inspires me to continue to write books for the audience I desire to reach. I am focused on delivering a total of 5 books by April 2015 for my high school audience. I enjoy working with Tara on book projects because she knows how to get your words into print. Tara Richter is just awesome to work with. I am glad I took her seminar.

Pierce

Rock The Crowd by Pierce Brunson

Rock The Crowd: How The Cool Teachers Inspire More Students, Earn More Respect, and Become Lifelong Mentors.

Rock The Crowd by Pierce Brunson

Is there anything better for students than being in the class of the cool teacher? When it comes to being a teenage student, and being forced to attend school, there is nothing better than a class where the teacher is passionate about education. How do these popular teachers continue to be the sparkle in the eyes of so many children, while there are others that can’t get them to pay attention? Rock the Crowd shares the methods of those teachers that are considered cool by students, while maintaining the best relationships for valuable learning to take place. For the “cool teacher,” the front of their classroom is their stage, and every day, for hours, they give the greatest performance their students have seen to date. The crowd-rocker teaches with passion and convictions that inspire real student connections and learning that last a lifetime. These teachers are popular, year after year, while others are still struggling to learn how to relate to the students. In Rock the Crowd, I share all the things cool teachers do that make them successful in working with, and producing, successful and long lasting, learning-centered relationships. Rock the Crowd is great for teachers who are struggling to find their teaching groove and to reenergize those that are already grooving.

Pierce Brunson’s education includes Lynch Elementary, Meadowlawn Middle, Gibbs Senior High School (and the Pinellas County Center for the Arts) in St. Petersburg, Florida, Temple University in Philadelphia and Wilmington University in Delaware. He has 13 years teaching in the public school system as a high school Social Studies teacher, majoring in World History and Sociology. As a teacher, Pierce has a natural gift to rock the crowd, and every day he knew the power of taking the stage in front of students and delivering a great lesson. Being a sponge for learning ideas that would work with his students, Pierce started to use the techniques of other campus crowd rockers to greatly improve his teaching techniques. In 2012 Pierce stepped away from the classroom to pursue the personal challenge of positively affecting 10,000+ students a year with Firefly Event Photography, his company that captures images that reflect the personality of high school students at their homecomings, proms, and graduations. The second part of his life involves developing content that helps high school students grow the best skills possible to follow their personal path to success. Anytime Pierce has the opportunity to speak to teachers or students, he is only thinking of one thing before he starts…Rock the Crowd!

 

This is part of a chapter from my book Rock The Crowd: How The Cool Teachers Inspire More Students, Earn More Respect, and Become Lifelong Mentors. Every Wednesday and Friday (Starting April 8, 2014) I will share parts of every chapter. Don’t forget that the shares from my first book Learning Curve are on Monday and Thursday.