I know a few schools where the principal does not allow the teachers to take away recess. I had a couple interviews where I've been asked about my behavior management and I always stress being positive with students, good communication with parents, etc. I've also mentioned about having the student miss a few minutes of recess as a negative consequence. That's when the principal mentions the no taking away recess policy and the teachers in the room make a face. I understand that many kids who are talking, etc. need to run off their energy, etc, but if you can't take away recess, I feel there are no consequences for slight to medium misbehaviors. Not for the child who hits another student (because you have to tell the parent about that) but for those who are talking instead of listening, running in the hallway, etc. These are not lower income schools either. The principals with these policies are leading middle to upper middle class income schools so it's not like the kids live in an unsafe area where they can't play at home. I am very positive with students, praising and helping them. I also have individual and class rewards in mind. Yet, I find that some students just do not stop without a slight negative consequence (like sitting out for two minutes of recess). So, I guess my questions are: If not recess, can I have them eat lunch in the classroom instead? Sit in a timeout chair in the classroom right after it happens? Any other ideas? Or should I steer clear of working at schools where principals have this policy?