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Re: 35 students!! in one class! yikes!

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Mcracker_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sat Nov 24 2001 - 07:27:41 PST


Hello-
       I cannot imagine 35 7th graders in one class....I guess I am very
fortunate.

       We have had a series of presentations by Corwin Kronneberg about
discipline and have found his ideas very useful (the fact tthat he is funny
and believes in having fun...bith in the classroom and in inservices doesn't
hurt!) Anyway, one thing that has been very successful this fall in our
middle school has been the concept of above/below the line. You draw a line
on the board and ask kids to define behaviors that, in your school or class,
are abouve and below "the line". After a few minutes, draw another line at
the bottom of the board and ask for behviors that are "bottom line" (these
would be fighting, drugs, assult, etc.) The bottom line things, basically you
don't deal with at all...if someone does one of them, they go immediately to
the office, police. etc. Other behviors get this calm response from you,
"Jennie, do you think that that behvior is above the line or below the line?"
The culprit nearly always knows and will tell you that their behavior is
below the line. Then, you say, "Would you like to propose a fix it plan or
should I give you a consequence?" They often, but not always propose a plan,
which sometimes is more severe than your consequence. This offers them a
choice, but no wiggle room. My consequences are usually to come in and clean
during a time very inconvenient to the student (lunch recess, after school,
etc.) I plan to use this Mon. on one of my 8th grade boys who very sneakily
lobbed a clay ball on the ceiling. His buddies told me about it later in the
day! Ya gotta love 'em!
Marcia in WI

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