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Would Like Help Understanding and Developing Appropriate Consequences for Rules

Sep 16, 2015 9:23pm

As someone studying to become a teacher, I would like to hear successful "consequences" some of you have created. When trying to brainstorm my own for a Classroom Management Plan model, they feel too strict or not strict enough - either way, they don't feel realistic. I was such a rule follower in school - it's harder for me to relate to a student who intentionally breaks rules. In reading what other teachers have shared, I've thought of a system with a verbal or written 1st warning, a detention with reflectional exercise for a 2nd infraction, parent contact the 3rd time, and then a 4th infraction warrants administrator involvement. I'm curious what has worked in your classrooms? I'm even more curious to know what didn't work! Any feedback would be great, because this is the aspect of teaching that intimidates me the most.

  • 8-12
  • Behavior / Class Culture


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    • Sep 17, 2015 1:24pm

      Thanks, Michael! I read that thread earlier, and loved all the book recommendations. You mentioned that you always followed through on the consequences, even when the student didn't want to accept their punishment. Can you give me some practical examples? I'm really interested in how management theories manifest and hold up in the classroom.

      • Sep 17, 2015 1:52pm

        Hi Sarah, like I had mentioned, homework issues. Some students would come up with some excuse not to turn them in. Mature students for example have jobs so to get around that, I would negotiate deadlines. This works sometimes but it's something that made things less frustrating because you got their buy in. On a different matter when it comes to safety, it's a non-negotiable. For example u might have a rule about letting ppl out one at a time or none at all 4 obvious reasons in addition. There is no exact thing to this because what works for some one time may not work for a different class. It's an art and discipline and this requires you to be reflective in your practice. BTW, following through can be as simple as reminding a student about something via parent notification which works sometimes.

        • Aug 29, 2016 11:56am

          Best advice ever - research Pax GBG and learn how to reinforce positive behaviors as your main goal without spending any extra time on complicated systems. Then contact Paxis Institute in Tucson Arizona to find a training near you. Most schools will already have some sort of written policy code you have to follow for discipline problems. Pax not only reduces the need for discipline procedures, it increases the pupils' abilities to self-control and self-regulate, reduces normal classroom disruptions by up to 90%, and has long lasting beneficial impacts such as reducing drug abuse, delinquency, violence, special education, even smoking, without spending one minute on discussing any of that. BTW, Pax includes positive contacts with parents and family through a technique called Pax notes or Tootles (Tm) that doesn't require a lot of time either but establishes links to home that are positive so should any negative communication be needed it will be coming from a caring relationship.
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