I changed behavior management strategies this year. I now give a
warning, followed by a warning slip on a student's desk if the behavior
continues. The warning slip stays on their desk til the end of class.
If they behave themselves the rest of the period they can throw away the
slip on the way out the door. If not, I pick up the slip and they move
to the "chill chair" at my back counter, with their work. If the
behavior happens at the end of the period, they spend the following
period in the chill chair. A move to the chill chair drops their
behavior grade for two weeks by a point. A second move to the chill
chair in two weeks necessitates a call home from me. If their behavior
is great for the next two weeks they get their grade raised back to a 4.
Two moves in a two week period would drop it from a 4 to a 2 and a call
home. I also use the ART sign on the board for noise control...if the
whole class is loud, take off the T, still loud, take off the R, still
loud take off the A and they put their heads down. This all works
reasonably well. I'd like to hear Bunki's strategy. Oh, and I also
have a LOUD big brass bell that I bought from school specialty. I ring
it at times when I need every eye on me instantly. Not often. We
practiced gabby chatter, I rang the bell, and they were silent. It
My advice is not to make things too complicated. I have been guilty of
that myself, and can't keep up with it if it is too complicated. This
system is simple and effective for me!
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