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Lesson Plans

punishment or consequences

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Linda Kelty (lckelty)
Sat, 25 Sep 1999 21:06:57 -0400

Regarding the question of punishment:
I think the first step in good classroom management is to prevent problems
by being aware of what could happen and working to avoid it. Keep students
actively engaged with little down time to become mischievous in. Reserve
detentions for consequences. This should include a teacher interaction to
help the student verbalize what happened, what should have happened, and how
it might be handled differently if faced with behavior choices in the
future. Consequences should fit the misbehavior. If rotten for a sub,
write a comprehensive apology. If caught mistreating tools or supplies,
spend the time rectifying the situation. If cruel to another student,
either write or verbalize an apology and come to an agreement about future
Punishment creates external control, leaving a student dependant on outside
forces to determine their behavior. Consequences and reflection helps to
develop a sense of moral conscience in relationship to their world. It
becomes a learning experience. These guidelines work with most students.
Some require greater intervention, like a behavior disabilities program,
counseling, or some other remedy. Most of the time this works well. Knock
on wood, I only have about 2 detentions per year out of about 450 students.
Take what works, make it yours and be consistent. Post rules, discuss
expectations, model the expected behavior. This works well, but it helps to
have administrative support to put teeth into the practice for the more
recalcitrant students. Hope this helps. Linda K.