School Principal I, Maligaya ES/Palayan City Annex

It is a common belief that teaching and discipline are inseparable activities. You cannot teach without disciplining and vice versa. And in the concept of discipline, one must consider the positive one.

Do you know that positive discipline increases a learner’s motivation? They pay more attention to study and perform more specifically in academics. Teachers can spend more time doing their duties in teaching the lesson. The best way to improve positive discipline is to strengthen the parent’s role in it. Parents and teachers must work together to achieve a common goal in teaching their children. Not all teachers are parents, but parents are also a teacher.

Parent’s involvement is vital because they have to reinforce what the pupils have learned during school hours. Being the first teacher of these beginners, they must work together with the teachers. The children could sense the connection between the home and the school when they see that parents support the teachers during school activities, programs, projects. The children take an unusual sort of pride when their parents are active. The best impact of parent involvement is the effect it has on self-esteem. The parents know that they are welcome in the school. The learners reap the rewards because the children feel good about themselves.

Children are observant. Just like hunting birds, they are observing their prey. Noticing people around them, friends and peers telling themselves that what they have seen or heard is a positive one, especially in the teledrama. Children are great impersonators. Adults must always realize that they are near telling the right and wrong whenever the child tries to imitate wrongdoings. Parents must respond positively.

There are varied ways parents could get themselves involved in school activities. They could help by attending FPTA meetings. Coach during a different school activity, sponsored by other organizations. Nowadays, in this pandemic, parents may act as para-teachers, conduct remedial reading, writing, and counting numbers to their children s friends, and other activities that their child may instill that their parents are showing good deeds to others.

The involvement of many parents is desirable since they are to be trusted to care for more than anyone else for the quality of education their children get. What is significant is direct participation with the teachers. This involvement facilitates a higher level of understanding and more positive action on the part of the child. There is a felt need that the school and parents must cooperate to achieve a common goal.

The teacher and parents must be a teaching team with similar goals and objectives for the purpose of education; with the teacher and parents working together, the learner’s academic achievement improves. Parent’s plus school equal to learners with positive attitudes towards others.

​ Positive discipline motivates each learner, encourages learner’s participation in the classroom discussions, fosters a love for learning, and increases competencies and confidence to face the reality of life. Violent discipline or punishment is not the right way to encourage learners to do good at home and school. It will discourage children erode their self-esteem, and lead them to dislike and hatred. Physical punishment and humiliation may leave lasting scars on the learner’s self-confidence. Why punish them with a slap by the hand? If we can explain to them that what they have done is ungood acts, simple words for them to realize their mistakes, talk with them positively but not in a harsh voice.

Positive discipline is not permissiveness. Educators must know how to end the line. If learners do so, learners are free to ask questions, doing anything that may increase their learning skills and ability, encouraging them to participate actively in the different programs, projects, and activities, doing what they want to do, but note, with limitations. Learners must understand that learning by doing is the best teacher. If they committed wrongdoing with their peers, there should be punishment. A punishment that will not be ashamed of, simple acts just saying sorry to the persons, and telling the learners that they will not do it again. There should be consistency in reinforcing and reiterate the rules. Be fair to all the learners, building a mutually respectful relationship, teaching courtesy, non-violent, empathy, self-respect, respect for others and their rights. Soon it will boost their social situations. Teachers have the power to inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning to be the catalyst of change for the betterment of the future era.

Positive discipline is a long-term solution that will develop a learner’s self-discipline. The Holy Bible says; God sees all your good deeds and wrongdoing. We are only human. Humans often commit mistakes with others by acts, word and in thinking other like a fool. Avoiding these kinds of faults to others will help us know and understand individual differences and uniqueness. ###

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