STUDENTS CREATE THE RULES
Establishing behavioral expectations begins by outlining our classroom rules and consequences. Together we brainstorm rules and narrow them down to 5 basic classroom rules.
Students need to know, up front, what would happen if they were to break a rule. They can then choose to follow the rule or break the rule and incur the logical consequence. This helps students realize a cause and effect relationship, and that they have the power to choose the resulting “effect, developing a student's self discipline.
In our classroom there are 5 sequential consequences:
1. Verbal Warning
2. Take a Break in Classroom
3. Take a Break in another Classroom
4. Written plan for improvement
5. Parent contact
Now, that we have established our rules and consequences, we model those expectations, just as we would any academic objective. Through interactive modeling, students actually see what will happen if they break a rule. Together we role play situations where students 'break a rule' and the teacher administers the consequence. Students enjoy this modeling while also seeing exactly what will happen if a student chooses to break a rule.
REINFORCING GOOD BEHAVIOR
Students make the choose to follow the rules not only to avoid negative consequences but also to receive positive reinforcement. Students realize that the greatest benefits of following the rules include peer respect, self respect and recognition.