3 Steps To Better Classroom Discipline

Discipline is a hot button issue for people who work with kids.  While public and private school systems have five days a week to instill a discipline plan with students, the church typically has about one hour per week to do the same thing.  It’s important to have a clear system in place.  The last thing you want to do is expect volunteers to come up with their own discipline plan without guidance or expectations.

1)  Keep it CLEAR

Successful Discipline comes down to two words:  CLEAR EXPECTATIONS

There is no way that kids can be expected to be held accountable to follow rules that are never clearly communicated to them.

2)  Keep It SIMPLE

Don’t develop so many rules that kids can’t remember them from week to week.  The rules I have used my entire ministry are the C.O.O.L. Rules (these are NOT original)

Care about your neighbor – don’t be a space invader

Only get out of your seat when you have permission

Obey the leader and don’t interrupt

Let’s work together – and be WINNERS!


You have to be consistent in how you apply discipline.  Wavering in your discipline approach weekly causes confusion with the kids.  Being extra sensitive and calling down everyone one week, then being extra care-free and allowing all kinds of disruptions the following week will NOT help your kids at all.  Be consistent.

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5 thoughts on “3 Steps To Better Classroom Discipline

  1. What are your consequences if a child does not obey the rules? I don’t want to be so strict that they do not want to come back, or feel they are in school instead of church, but we still need to have discipline so as not to interfere with others learning.

  2. We just did a training workshop on discipline over the last weekend. The key thing that we focused on was that you need to be INSISTENT, CONSISTENT and PERSISTENT. We also thought about how we need to have different expectations and different discipline plans for different settings (Sunday school, mid-week clubs, schools work etc).

    I’d be interested to know how folk handle students with additional or special needs.