A wise man once told me that we can only discipline to the extent that we love. The beauty of this statement is that it challenges the one who is disciplining to love the one being disciplined. Discipline, when done effectively, is a crucial part of shaping a child into a well adjusted adult. What is effective discipline in the classroom and how does one recognize it? Effective discipline in the classroom is consistent, logical, brings about an awareness of how one’s actions affect others, and is focused on ensuring that the one being disciplined knows what is expected of him or her.
Someone once said, “A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.” In light of this idea, my view of teaching is that it is a noble and high calling that requires sacrifice to be successful. A reputable teacher will usually have certain attributes: a natural bend toward communicating ideas, a personal commitment to professional development, and a desire to bring about positive results in students.