Is it OK to reprimand a student in front of the class?

It is always good to reprimand a student in front of the whole class.

I may have sounded harsh when I said that it is good to do reprimand a student in front of the class. But then the main point is how this should be done, so the consequence is that, the best comes out of the student.

I think one of the important and delicate of all the relationships is that of a teacher-student relationship. By reprimanding a student, a teacher should not bring out that the student is at fault but should try to point out that what he will lose if he is not upto the mark.

How to reprimand a student has been very well written in a beautiful book by E.R. Braithwaite- To Sir, with love. The teacher in this book tactfully manures his way in bringing out the best in each student in his class.
There are two types of students who are reprimanded: - one who is academically lagging and the second whose behavior or attitude is not good.
If the student is academically not good, he should be spared from reprimanding in front of the class; else his morale will be too low and would perform even more badly. But at the same time teacher should be firm in whether he is completing his homework regularly or not. Parents should be updated regularly. Whatever remarks has to made, let that be in his diaries and not in front of the class.

If a student’s behavior and attitude is bad then he should be personally given a warning first. The next time he should be shown what he is by reprimanding in front of the class. This should be done by conducting tests in the class and announcing his marks. If a physical punishment is to be given then the best thing is to make him stand in some yoga posture. This will make him realize that how much is lagging academically and physically too (a yoga posture punishment requires lots of physical fitness)

In both the above cases, use of abusive language and physical punishment like beating, will result only in negative consequences and also the teacher will lose the respect


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