Few Questions About Consequences

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  1. Ms.Jasztal

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    I have a few questions:
    -What happens when your students do not show respect in the cafeteria?
    -What happens when your students are disrespectful in either library or specials?

    A lot of teachers take recess individually in parts... but I am wondering if there is a better consequence than taking away recess.
     
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  3. MissScrimmage

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    If my students acted up at lunch I would have them apologize to the supervisor or arrange another place for them to eat temporarily. Our students are monitored by older students, with educational assistants roaming to assist - there isn't always an adult in the room.

    For specials I don't do anything - I trust that the specialist teacher is also a certified professional, and it's up to them to manage their classes. If they want ideas and suggestions for strategies I use in the classroom, I offer them, but I don't add additional consequences.

    ETA: If a student is sent back to the classroom during specials because of behavior I have them write an apology note to the teacher and then send them back. That's my prep time!!
     
  4. MrsC

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    Our students eat lunch in their classrooms. If my students have difficulty following the expectations we take some time to review expectations. If problems continue, I eat in the classroom with them for a few days, but don't make it a social occasion; I only speak to them if I need to correct behaviour. If problems continue, I'll refer to the office, and the students will have a detention during lunch time, and they'll eat in the principal's office. If students show chronic difficulties, the parents will be told that they need to make alternate arrangements for their child at lunch time.

    If my students don't follow expectations for other teachers, I may speak to them about my disappointment, but trust the other teachers to take care of their own class management.
     
  5. waterfall

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    Students who are disrespectful in the cafeteria have to stay after lunch (so during part of their recess) and help the janitor clean up.

    I agree with the above comments about the specials...it's up to those teachers to decide what consequences will happen in their class.
     
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  7. missalli

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    I'm a big believer in logical consequences. If my student was being disrespectful to cafeteria workers, I would expect that child to lose the privilege of eating with their friends. In library or another class, I would agree that the librarian/special teacher has some say over consequences, but in general, inappropriate behavior means that they lose the privilege of going to the library/have to spend a recess practicing respectful behavior.
     
  8. Opal

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    At my previous school, lunch was 30 minutes long. The kids had 15 minutes to eat and 15 minutes for recess. Poor behavior in the lunchroom resulted in not being allowed to participate in recess. They either had to remain inside the lunchroom or sit on the sidelines outside.

    I have found that the cafeteria workers were not always the best people to work with children. They expected the kids to behave properly without any guidance. When misbehavior began, the workers got extreme and immediately punished students. No guidance, expectations, rule enforcement - just swift consequences. Not a good situation for teaching kids how to behave, IMO.

    In the library, students lose the privilege to go alone if they misbehave on the way there or while they are in the library. They either have to go with an aide or with the class.

    I expect specials teachers to deal with the behavior in their own class. I'll make note of poor behavior in their agenda, but otherwise leave it to the other teacher.
     
  9. MissFroggy

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    I believe part of respecting our classroom rules is being respectful enough of me and the rest of the class to behave properly- even if I am not there.

    We even model this at the beginning of the year. However, I believe that the special teacher IS responsible for handling misbehavior in class.

    If I find out about it, I will also give a consequence, though...
     
  10. heavens54

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    My students, a few of them, misbehaved in the cafeteria a few times. When they did, they had to sit at the table, when everyone else was dismissed, with their heads down until I dismissed them. So everyone got to leave while they stayed. It was a little humiliating to have to sit there like babies with their heads down. They were in fourth grade. But they got the point and it didn't happen again...

    If they misbehaved in the library, they would lose privileges and have to use the books in my room for a while until they could convince me that they are responsible enough to handle going back to the library on their own and behave...
     
  11. Danny'sNanny

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    Misbehavior in cafeteria usually means cleaning table instead of going out to play.

    Misbehaving in specials usually means writing apology letters to that teacher.
     

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