What this course is about?
When the National Education Department banned the use of corporal punishment in schools, many teachers were left with the feeling that their hands had been tied, or even cut off! They felt stripped of their authority and their ability to discipline their learners. This has resulted in a deteriorating situation in many schools where staff are unmotivated and learners seem to do as they please. Parents blame the school for learners’ bad behaviour, and schools blame the home for the same thing. This course has been designed to put the power back into teachers’ hands with regards to discipline and control in the classroom. It will lead you through ways in which to make sure this happens, leading to a win-win situation for everyone. Discipline leads to success, so play your part!
Who should be doing this course?
Discipline is the most talked about and least understood part of schooling by both teachers and parents. This course is designed to provide teachers (and parents) with understanding, guidance and ideas on what discipline is, how it should be applied and its role in teaching and learning.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
Understand the modern child
Engage with the meaning of discipline
Engage with the meaning of punishment
Decide where the power is in the class
Investigate the development of prior knowledge
Discover how active involvement leads to good discipline
Examine best teaching practice
Describe the link between teaching and learning
Investigate Bandura’s theory of self-efficacy
Engage with extrinsic motivation
Engage with intrinsic motivation
Apply Bandura’s theory in the classroom
Interrogate the role of rules in maintaining structure
Gain ideas on how to develop effective classroom rules
Describe the dos and don’ts of rules
Understand the role of rewards in the classroom
Understand the influence of choice on behaviour
Understand the role of justifying choices
Investigate possible consequences of choices
Describe who is responsible for classroom behaviour
Examine the link between home and school
Look at how best to use strengths to enhance discipline
Investigate the impact after school activities have on classroom behavior
Engage with holistic development
How is your course mark calculated?
Your course is mark is calculated using the average mark obtained in each of the Chapter tests. In order to pass this course, you must obtain a final course mark of at least 50%. This means that even if you fail a few of the chapter tests, if your test marks in the other chapter tests are high enough you will still be able to pass the course. Good Luck!
Study at your own pace
We’ve created our courses to suit your busy life! The duration of this course is based on a student guide where one 300 – 500 word article is read per day, and the assessment is done on a separate day after the relevant articles have been reviewed. But you can do the course in your own time and at your own pace. If you choose to do two readings per day, it will take you half of the estimated time, four readings per day means doing the course in a quarter of the time etc. We leave that decision up to you!