Rules are the boundaries that protect students’ right to learn and the teacher’s freedom to teach.
In a classroom, there will be times when someone does something inappropriate or breaks a rule. Because learning is so important, the lesson may not stop at that exact moment to deal with unacceptable behavior. It may actually look like it is being ignored. But ignoring it doesn’t mean nothing is being done about it. It just means that the focus is on the learning and there will be consequences and conversations at a more appropriate time.
Expectations for Behavior (Rules)
- Listen and follow directions the first time they are given.
- Raise your hand to speak or to get out of your seat.
- Stay in your seat unless you have permission to do otherwise.
- Respect each other and the teacher.
- Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
Consequences are what result when a person abides by or breaks a rule. It is what happens when someone does something. A consequence is the result of a person’s chosen actions.
- Verbal warning- You made a mistake or bad choice, so you have the opportunity to fix it.
- Time out and student/teacher conversation on Step (Make Your Day plan)- You need to regain self-control and reflect on the mistake that you made. We need to talk about how breaking a rule is problematic to you, me, or the class. You need to come up with a way to solve or fix the problem that you caused. You may lose a privilege. We also need to explore other ways of getting your needs met.
- Contact home– If you continue to choose to break the rules and disrupt other students’ right to learn and the teacher’s right to teach, we need to bring your parents into the conversation too. We need a plan to help us problem solve together!
The information above is from the Cult of Pedagogy podcast which featured an interview with Michael Linsin of the website Smart Classroom Management. Also, The First Days of School by Harry Wong and Rosemary Wong.