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Re: school discipline policy based on merit/demeritsystem-of this?

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gregjuli_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Mon Jun 10 2002 - 11:40:42 PDT


Someone mentioned taking care of gum chewing and how it effects your class
individually. But what do you do when gum gets out of control and some dim wits
starts putting it on a number of pieces of artwork that is on display! That is
what happened this year for the first time since I had been at our middle school
for years. I don' t really care about gum if the kids would keep it in their
mouths or a garbage, but not artwork , not tables, chairs , not computers! When
I moved tables around this year for our ARt Fair, each table I moved had wads
and wads of gum under it! Maybe high schoolers do better with gum? But I sure
am sick of it at our middle school.
And we DO have a point system( the Honors System-officially called) . It works
great if you admin and school board back it up. It gives a nice uniformity for
general rules in the school. It really helped me cut down on calls home. After
working with it for about 8 years , I'd never want to go back to our old
infraction system.
YOu know sometimes you can have the absolutely best , absorbing lesson going on,
yet their is always one (or 2) that has too much baggage( behaviorally) and
needs more that what any general school discipline system can provide. I worked
with some very disturbed kids this year and I know they needed more than what I
or anyone else in our school could give them. As far as the point system we
have -thumbs up.
MaryB

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