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Old 06-29-2021, 05:57 PM
 
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I'm a veteran teacher-librarian.
All of my students were wonderful and we enjoyed our time together.
My class has been described as fun and students even cheer when I visit their classrooms.

But, admittedly, a couple of times a couple of classes misbehaved.
I am very sensitive and I took it personally.
I spoke to the classes about their misbehavior.

Parents complained about me being "too emotional" and accused me of yelling and having a "tone."
Parents even called me a "bully."
This shattered me to my core.

Since my voice seems to be an issue, I'd like to use non-verbal cues for misbehavior.
I was going to make signs, one for each Code of Conduct statement.
When students misbehave, I was going to ring a bell and hold up the sign.

I was also going to have an incentive program where a class can earn "gems" as a team for each class session.
4 gems=Everyone followed Code of Conduct.
3 gems= Most students followed Code of Conduct.
2 gems= Half of class followed Code of Conduct.
1 gem= Less than half of class followed Code of Conduct.

Wording it this way so that students who consistently behave can still get some gems.

When the class earns enough gems, we'll have a "Learning Is Its Own Reward Day" with an extra-special learning activity: Colonial Games, STEM, Makerspaces, Escape Room.

Any suggestions will be most helpful.


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Old 07-02-2021, 08:58 PM
 
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The sign-bell or any method will have the best chance of working if students take you seriously in the first place. Specifically, if they think you are someone who means business, as opposed to being mean, then just about any type of system will probably work. On the other hand, if students think you a wannabe or pretending to be a teacher the system will likely fail. In other words, itís not the system that drives effective discipline. Itís the fundamentals upon which it is built. This is why the same students will act one way for one teacher and completely different for another even though both teachers have the same rules and procedures.
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