Sunday, April 27, 2008

Teaching Self-Control

Teaching Self-Control

All of the techniques for teaching self-control to any child apply also to the child with control issues; but they take longer. They also require more consistency and very clear expectations.

In the Montessori system of teaching self-control, there are six components.

+ Structure. There must be a structure appropriate to the age-level of the students in the class, with freedoms and limits clearly defined. These include use of the prepared environment and "rules of the room" (all based on consideration of others).

+ Imitation. The teacher is an example. She must follow the room rules and use the manners she teaches to the students.

+ Direct Teaching. Part of the curriculum of these "grace and courtesy" lessons.

+ Work. Through meaningful, satisfying work, the student is occupied in challenging endeavors and time is spent in a positive way. The time for negative behavior or the need to use it is lessened or gone. The student becomes "normalized."

+ Independence. The teacher never does anything for a student he can do for himself. She fosters independence, which enhances a student's self-concept. She allows students to settle their own differences if they can, and helps them if they need her guidance.

+ Correction is Specific. If a student abuses materials in the class, he is shown how to use them appropriately. Why we care for our materials is explained. If he continues to abuse the material, he is calmly told he may not use it unless he can do so appropriately. Another example is running: go back and walk.

A few ideas to ponder. 

On another note, I have often stumbled across this site and liked this photo... I should make these colour cards for L.

Buy printer ink Amber :)

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