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Re: Behaviour Help

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menichino (menichino)
Tue, 28 Sep 1999 17:56:00 -0400

> From: menichino <menichino>
> To:
> Subject: Re: Behaviour Help
> Date: Tuesday, September 28, 1999 5:52 PM
> Hi Lisa -- We all empathize!! My classroom has the class rules clearly
> posted, and we go over them at the beginning of the year and then again
> whenever necessary. (Follow directions, respect others, care for
> and supplies, work at assigned task, work quietly). With our thrid
> I use the batter's box system of class control. It helps them to see
> what's happening and gives them a chance to improve. -- I explain it
> but what happens is if the class is noisy or off task I would draw a
> batter's box on board -- a long rectangle divided into 3 sections.
> their warning. If noise erupts again I would draw an X in the first
> section -- that's their first strike. And so on. But the key is that
> there must be consequences for strikes. The first strike is usually an
> official warning where I turn off the lights and they tell me what they
> were doing wrong. 2nd strike they have to put their heads down for 3
> minutes. 3rd strike and they're out -- I put supplies away as they have
> their heads down. If there's lots of time left I have them copy down the
> classroom rules on paper. Consistency helps. It's very frustrating to
> actually have to shut a lesson down, but in the long run it should pay
> Another thing I do is have their teacher wait in the hallway with the
> ("would you mind waiting for just a minute while we review the rules
> your class?") and make sure all are facing front and listening (the
> being there can help with attention, and also shows her that I am serious
> about behavior.) We go over the expectations before they enter the room
> ("Raise your hand if you feel that you can follow these rules").
> I have to admit that for my first two years teaching I did use rewards to
> help with behavior modification -- because it worked. I had a Star Chart
> on the wall that had columns for each class. At the end of the class if
> they didn't have any more than one strike (or eventually, if they didn't
> have a batter's box at all) their class would get a star in the column.
> The class with the most stars after a half year would get an ice cream
> sculpture party (yes, go ahead and play with your food). After my first
> few years the kids were all familiar with my expectations, behavior
> improved because of the consistency, and I was buying way too much ice
> cream!! So I eliminated that, but kept the batter's box.
> For individuals who don't follow the rules I write their names on the
> -- warning. A check next to their name for a subsequent infraction means
> they are sent to the time-out area. When they and I judge that they are
> ready to return they may. Kids (grades 2 and above) who consistently
> the rules have to bring home discipline papers to be signed by a parent
> type person. (On it I write what the misbehavior was, the kids have to
> take it home and write why it's important to follow the rules, have
> sign it, and then bring it back to me the very next morning.) If I don't
> get it back I call home to find out why.
> Just a small sampling of my discipline arsenal -- good luck, and keep in
> mind all the really good kids who are imbedded in the monkeyness. They
> appreciate you!
> Liz in rural NY
> ----------
> > From: L.P. Skeen <>
> > To: GETTY <>; Novice
> <>
> > Subject: Behaviour Help
> > Date: Tuesday, September 28, 1999 12:01 AM
> >
> > I have spent the evening repeating my new mantra:
> > iwillnotkillanythirdgradersiwillnotkillanythirdgraders.....
> >
> > Actually, that should probably read:
> > iwillnotkillanythirdgradeteachers. I am a first year art teacher.
> > our 3rd grade teachers are also first year teachers. Neither of them
> > controls their class properly and their kids come to me acting like
> > monkeys. Those teachers have their kids all day every day; I only have
> > them 1.5 hours a week, and I have a curriculum to teach. I do NOT have
> > time for monkey behaviour.
> >
> > I have tried every thing I can think of to make these kids behave
> > properly, ie: sit down and close mouths, no running, jumping, throwing
> > anything, waving scissors, etc. I TRULY hate to resort to bribery (ie:
> > you be good and you get a treat), but I canNOT think of any consequence
> > bad enough that they would care about. They don't care if I take their
> > recess away, they don't care if I call their parents, and they don't
> > care if they have to go to the principal's office; all he does is talk
> > to them anyway.
> >
> > Can some of you more experienced people come up with SOMETHING they
> > might care about? It is midnight and I canNOT sleep because I'm so
> > angry about this situation. HELP PLEASE!!!
> >
> > (thanks)
> > --
> > Lisa Skeen ICQ#15554910
> > Living Tree Pottery & Soaps, Summerfield, NC
> > ~*~* A clean house is a sign of a misspent life.*~*~
> > @}~~~ Religions should get out of politics or be taxed.~~~{@
> >
> >