Now, don't get me wrong...I believe children should be corrected when they misbehave or disobey. And sometimes there are consequences or punishments that go along with correction. But the reason I feel like I submarined is because I know there are better ways to motivate children. Thinking back on my response today, I know I could have made a different choice and still maintained a positive atmosphere in our classroom.
I think that's what bothers me most of all. The negativity. I could have responded in so many different ways. Next time I can:
- Change activities: have students move somewhere different, work with someone else, or respond in a different way.
- Move on to something else, then come back to it later
- Take a brain break (maybe that's what they needed)
- Tell a joke
- Have students do a quick, physical activity such as a few jumping jacks
- Have a class meeting
All of these things will give the students a chance to refocus, while maintaining the positive atmosphere that I strive to keep going in the classroom.
And while I DID submarine today, I hope to make a better choice the next time I am in a similar situation.