07-24-2007, 11:33 AM
1. Be prepared.
2. Be on time.
3. Raise your hand to speak: do not interrupt.
4. Keep your hands, feet, and all other objects to yourself at all times.
5. Be respectful to everyone at all times.
I understand that #2 isn't really in their control if their parents bring them to school late. This rule applied to students who are here, but loiter in the halls talking and wasting time.
I also do not like to have a quiet classroom, so noise is alright with me. #3 is in place because I do not like to be interrupted or have students interrupted. It is rude and I am teaching them to be patient.
Time off recess
Loss of class job
Time away from classroom
These consequences usually work great! If I ever need to, I do send students to other classrooms in other grade levels. We are discouraged from sending children to the office b/c it shows that we cannot control our classroom. I agree!
I use positive reinforcements whenever I can. Students earn classroom tickets for doing well and can redeem them throughout the week for special priviledges: sitting at teacher's desk, sitting in a bean bag, sitting in the director's chair, sitting with a friend, getting to chew gum, getting to eat with a friend, getting a treat from the treasure box, etc... Students work real hard to earn these.
I rarely have any behavior issues other than minor offenses.