Discipline Checklist: Socializing
For socializing at inappropriate times, successful teachers usually begin by suggesting a variety of softer approaches, and then gradually escalate to more severe measures.
Consider the following sequence:
|Begin by suggesting alternate times when students can socialize without interfering with learning.
Provide time for socializing as a reward earned for good behavior.
|Reprimand students when necessary, and implement punishments when other methods have failed to stop the behavior.
Socializing is an important element of your students' day. Your goal isn't to stop it, only to confine it to appropriate times, when it won't interfere with learning.
Excerpted from Discipline Checklist: Advice from 60 Successful Teachers.