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As a teacher in training, I have had to develop a classroom management plan and decide which model I would use in my classroom. I have opted for the Logical consequences model because that is how I have raised my child. I plan on letting the students help me in creating the rules, limits, and consequences in the class. I feel that I need to have my rules in mind before the first day and guide the students in the right direction. What is the most effective way of doing this so that the students see it as fair? Does anyone else use this model? Is there any advice you could offer to make my first year with this model successful?

Jun 30, 2014 5:48pm

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    • Jul 1, 2014 10:15am

      By giving students guidelines by which to orient and ground their recommendations you will provide them with a much-needed framework. Some students will likely view themselves as not being ones to ever suffer punitive consequences and as a result they may propose consequences whose severity is extreme and inappropriate. Conversely, other students may see themselves as always winding up in trouble and may therefore propose standards that are too lax. I'd recommend stating the goal of the rules yourself and then inviting students to contribute rules, limits, and consequences that will achieve this goal. By stating a specific goal you will also have a metric by which to measure the proposals; otherwise, you might end up with only "likes" and "dislikes" to go by, which is not only arbitrary but also opens the potential to hurt students' feelings. The key here should not be to completely erase the power dynamic in the classroom; after all, you are still the authority figure. However, by inviting students to contribute to the classroom management you will encourage them to also embrace accountability for their actions.

      One more thing: I'd recommend having a "for now" list of rules, limits, and consequences to work with until your class develops their own! Misbehavior waits for no one. : )

      • Jul 3, 2014 11:45am

        At the elementary level, I always used Responsive Classroom as my guide. They suggest not very many rules, and always using positive framing--rather than trying to list all they CAN'T do--to list them. It's imperative that you get student input in order to get buy-in. Check this article for a guide: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/article/everyday-rules-work
        What I've used this year at the high school level is Whole Brain Teaching. It's a fun approach to teaching that virtually eliminates the need for you to be a disciplinarian. You can find out more here:
        http://www.wholebrainteaching.com/