13 Discipline Tricks from Teachers
How teachers get their kids to behave (and how you can too!)
WHEN THEY'RE ACTING UP
Give them a do-over
"If I see two kids pushing in line, I might say, 'Pao and Tommy, please make a different choice,'" says Michelle Mertes, a first-grade teacher in Wausau, WI. "Kids typically know what they're doing wrong, and using this technique gives them the chance to change their choices and make me proud." Which, she says, kids really want to do, despite their occasional in-your-face behavior. "Seeing a disappointed adult is more powerful than being yelled at," she says. If they don't come up with a better choice, of course, then it's time to take away a privilege, like the chance to sit next to a friend.