In a message dated 09/13/2004 5:41:20 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
I give my students a list of classroom behavior expectations and
consequences, and send them home for a parental and student signature.
Betty, I forgot that years ago I used to do that also! It's a great idea for
this teacher in crisis (or anyone with classroom management issues) because
it puts everyone on the same page. Also, it presents the rules, expectations,
consequences, and rewards with clear understanding for everyone. My classes
have become so used to my structure and routine that I no longer need to send
that letter. I believe the letter idea comes from the Cantor seminars
(country-wide) on behavior modification that I attended years ago. That's another
suggestion- find a Cantor Seminar in your area. One in particular- "Dealing
With the Difficult Student" is so helpful for the new teachers. There's a book
by the same name, and I highly recommend that as well.
Oh, and P.S.....Sometimes I say something like this in my phone call to the
parent: "Even though I'm just crazy about "Johnny", I can't allow him special
privileges of not following the rules because the other children will think
I'm playing favorites. Therefore, the rules must be the same for everyone."
This works EVERY TIME! Never had a parent say, "Well, if you like him so much
than he should have special privileges." Very important how you phrase
Susan on Long Island