Next Steps Discipline
September 20, 2011
I've run the gamut on class rules. I've had at the most seven, then later five, and now three. I developed these in a large group discussion with my class. I guided the discussion around the question, “what things should students do in order to be successful?” When they had identified 3 things, I wrote them on the board and then asked all the students if they thought they could do them. Then I told them that they were our rules:
- Be on time.
- Bring what you need to class.
- Have a book to read for pleasure or homework that needs to be completed.
I have found that many teachers confuse procedures with rules. I practice procedures multiple times at the beginning of the year and throughout the year. Procedures are "How To" statements. I don't really have consequences; I have "Next Steps," i.e. what to do when the student is not following the rules.
For example, if a student breaks rule #2 "Bring what you need to class" the Next Steps are…
- Borrow from a classmate.
- Go to locker or Youth Service Center to get what is needed. (Limit 3 times each 9 weeks).
- I call the parents.
- Follow school policy.