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Old 07-24-2007, 11:46 AM
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Discipline poems complete

Here they are finally after 2 years of searching

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The Nameless Paper

Shakespeare asked: ďWhatís in a name?Ē
Ten points each paper, I proclaim
Please sign your John Hancock here
Or get a kleenex for your tear


Please donít speak without permission
Or your hand will be in poor condition
And your conduct grade will head south
So quiet down or tape your mouth

Paying Attention

Pay attention because itís free
Listen, listen, I beg of thee
In this life, thereís no free pass
You cannot learn if you sleep in class

Not Prepared For Class

Pencil or paper, where art thou?
I have to work, I need you now
Please come back to me, my friend
So that this misery will end


One should show due respect
A duty one should not neglect
Sir and maíam are what we say
Or we will write this every day

Hands, Feet, & Objects To Yourself

Please donít touch, slap, or hit
Or your hand will hurt a bit
Hurting others is not nice
And, if you do, youíll pay the price


No homework today, I wonder why?
Please donít make excuses or start to cry
Do your work and turn it in
Or you will write this once again

Calling Names

I promise that I wonít call names
I will not fuss or shift the blame
Better choices will be made
Or Iíll return to 2nd grade

Unsigned Notes

Take home notes for the folks to sign
Or youíll be sad at recess time
Notes are sent for your own good
So bring them back just like you should

Following Directions

Simple directions arenít hard to follow
But most excuses are hard to swallow
Do what youíre told and give it a rest
And trust that your teachers know best

Talking In The Hall

You were talking in the hall
Or you were talking to a wall
We all must pay for our crimes
So please write this poem 50 times

Leaning Back In Your Chair

Please donít lean back in your chair
Or from me youíll receive a glare
When you fall, you are defenseless
That hard floor will knock you senseless

Fred Sanford Club(Messy Desk)

We have this club to honor Fred
His junkyard has long been dead
That old red truck may be gone
But your desk carries his tradition on

Playing In Class

One should never play in class
If one really wants to pass
The point is made, it should be clear
Otherwise, come back next year

Out Of Your Seat

No one said to leave your seat
So sit a spell, get off your feet
No one here called for a clown
Park it now or get tied down

Tapping On Your Desk

Tap, tap, tap, I hear a sound
And now the culprit has been found
The punishment will be a bummer
Keep your day job, youíre no drummer

Throwing Objects

Iíve seen better arms on a chair
About the rules, you must not care
No one should behave this way
There are laws you must obey

Out Of Line

Out of line, in more ways than one
What happens now will not be fun
Things will change, there is no doubt
So shape it up, or ship it out


Shame on you, why did you cheat?
Perhaps this grade you should repeat
A cheater never goes too far
And all will know just who you are

Foul Language

One should never curse in class
Words can hurt, offend, harass
Now youíre on a slippery slope
Where Mr. Mouth meets Mr. Soap

Tuck In That Shirt

Should we have a talk about your shirt?
Tuck it in, what would it hurt?
It really is an easy job
You really donít want to be a slob


If I wasnít mad, I would laugh
Because this is your autograph
Youíve gone too far, youíre out of line
I asked for your mom or dad to sign

Restroom Trouble

There is one place we all must go
The restroom, potty, or el bano
Get in and out, donít make us wait
This is no place to congregate

Bus Problems

What did you do on that bus?
You caused a mess, a stir, or fuss
That yellow bus has its rules
You now may have to walk to school


Liar, liar, pants on fire
My patience with you will soon expire
I canít believe the things you say
The road youíre on leads the wrong way


If your hand is caught in the cookie jar
Youíll find yourself behind steel bars
Life at school wonít seem too rough
When your wrists are locked in cuffs

Sent To The Office

You were kicked out of the room
Youíre like a bomb when it goes boom!
Why do you behave this way?
What will your poor family say?

Bad Cafeteria Manners

This is a lunchroom, not a farm
Were you raised in someoneís barn
At the table, please be neat
And please sit quietly in your seat


You just canít go and use your fists
Every time that you get dissed
When I look at you, I donít see
A Foreman, Frazier, or Ali

Tardy Again

Please try to get to school on time
And everything will be just fine
You really need to give your all
Perhaps you need a wake-up call

No book for class

Libro, Libro, no esta aqui
Trouble, trouble has found me
I cannot read without a book
And my teacher gives me evil looks

No-show Jones
Your new name is no-show Jones
While weíre at school, youíre at home
Right now the teachers are annoyed
As an adult, youíll be unemployed

Chewing gum

What do you think youíre doing
Is that gum I see you chewing?
You might chew yourself to death
But at least youíll have good breath

Eating in class

Hey there Mr. Crunch-n-munch
Weíre in class not at lunch
You are being very rude
Close your mouth, I see your food

Skipping class

I canít believe you skipped class
And I just cannot let it pass
Frankly, what you did was weak
This is school, not hide-and-seek

Substitute teacher

A substitute is a special guest
So let me get this off my chest
You know I love to bust a rhyme
So you will write this 20 times

Library behaviour

The library is a quiet place to read
And if you do, you will succeed
We read up north and down south
Open your book, not your mouth

Passing notes

We donít pass notes or pass the buck
It looks as if youíre out of luck
What you did was not bright
Now you have something real to write

This is your home away from home
Through the halls, you will not roam
On your face I see a frown
Life is not fun when youíre locked down

Talking to the teacher

Are you talking back to the teacher?
You are a rude little creature
Please learn how to co-exist
Or youíll end up on the indoor recess list

Rolling Eyes

Itís not polite to roll your eyes
I think you better recognize
It would be a shame if they got stuck
Then you would be out of luck

Wasting Time

If time is money and money is time
Then you wouldnít have a dime
I never even have to ask
Because I see that youíre off-task

Smacking Lips

I donít like those smacking lips
Or those hands there on your hips
Your behavior is very crude
Youíd better find a better mood

Skipping Class
Why do you want to ditch my class?
That really is no way to pass
Come to class, gain some knowledge
Save the skipping until after college

Stare Down

A person should not scowl and stare
Every time life seems unfair
Be sure you want that choice made
Because no one here will be afraid


Legibility means able to be read
Your writing hurts my eyes and head
Poor writing leads to derision
Unless you are a great physician

Back Turner

Donít turn your back while Iím speaking
Unless itís trouble you are seeking
In this class, we do things right
Which means weíll always be polite

Uncovered Book

Canít judge your book by its cover
It isnít there, you need another
The coverís job is to protect
Your poor book get no respect


Borrow and steal are not the same
Courtesy is the name of the game
If you have to get a loan
Give it back before you go home

Teacherís Desk

My desk is like the Twilight Zone
Itís better if itís left alone
I cannot stress this rule too much
If itís on my desk, do not touch!

Noisy class

Listen up girls and boys,
You need to stop with all the noise.
Pay attention, sit up straight,
Or for recess, you'll be late.

Shuffeling feet

Was that a squeeky seat?
Or the shuffeling of your feet?
Freeze and hush, feet on the floor,
Or cleaning the boards will be your chore.

Hands on

Hey! Don't push and shove,
That behavior, I'm sick and tired of.
Think with your heart, not your might,
Disrespect is just not right.


What foul sound upon the air,
It sounds like someone who doesn't care
I used to hear it all the time,
But alas, I think it's only a whine.

Homework not complete

Missed doing your homework last night?
Questions too hard? Answers not right?
You need to try, give it a shot,
And ask for help, when you don't feel so hot.
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Old 07-24-2007, 11:49 AM
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Do you have students copy these poems?
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Old 07-24-2007, 11:51 AM
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WOW! That was great!
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Old 07-24-2007, 12:33 PM
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So many!! They made me laugh.
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Old 07-24-2007, 12:58 PM
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There was a thread from 2 years ago that was started for classroom management for student misbehaviour.

Instead of having the students write lines "bart simpson" style, they are given the poem at their desk and have to write it out during recess.

I wrote the last 4, the thread generated the noisy class one, and another teacher (Bryan Wright) wrote all the rest. He dropped offline and teachers were emailing to find them. I received them from a teacher but they were in an unknown format. I converted them and then put them up here for all to cut and paste. Use them if you wish or pass them on to anyone needing a management system tweek.

the orignal thread was here: #11 is about the poems

have a great fall everyone!
Mr. Skinner
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Old 07-24-2007, 03:30 PM
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Clever. I like the idea of using a poem. I'd be careful with some of these though, some of them would sound like a threat. The poem idea is great though!
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Old 07-24-2007, 03:33 PM
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which ones in particular?
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Old 07-24-2007, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by h2omane
which ones in particular?
Please donít speak without permission
Or your hand will be in poor condition
And your conduct grade will head south
So quiet down or tape your mouth

What is going to happen to the kid's hand? I wouldn't mention tape..kids want to try that lol

there was one about getting tied to a chair...

there was one about using soap in the mouth...

I'd have to read them all again lol...

I just wouldn't put anything in writing...even in jest...that could look like you are threatening to do somethng that you wouldn't normally be allowed to do. It's just the times....gotta be careful.

oh, and be sure you are allowed to take 10 points off for no name....that has been controversial here.
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Old 07-24-2007, 04:08 PM
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Those are FABULOUS, h2omane! Thank you so much!

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.
― Dr. Seuss
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Old 08-07-2007, 09:21 AM
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You're welcome
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