The Four P's of Discipline
First of all, you accept the fact that you have enormous power to influence student behavior. Here's how you can help your students choose an affirmative, positive
behavior instead of a nonconstructive means of conduct. I'll always remember Shawn. He usually came to class late, talked when I was instructing, got out of his seat
whenever he wanted, and rarely turned in a good effort assignments. Whenever I tried to talk to him, he'd ask indignantly, "What did I do?" At some point in your teaching
career, you've probably had a Shawn in your class, the student who tests and challenges you and causes you to ask yourself-What can I do to help this student be the
best that he can be?
I discussed Shawn with my contemporaries, who suggested that I look inside my classroom to see if something was happening that influenced him to be difficult. The more
I examined what was taking place in the classroom, the more I realized that I wanted to help Shawn make better behavioral choices. Over the last 20 years, I have developed
a discipline program based on my experiences with students, on ideas I've exchanged with many teachers throughout different states and countries, and on the most recent
theories and explorations on student behavior. I created, designed, and implemented the "4 P's of Discipline" or the "Fountain FOCUS Discipline Plan," which enables
teachers to apply specific strategies to reach individual students.