Last week, I had a student who argued with me about his backpack. I followed him to his next class to discuss this with his second period teacher. She discussed with him her policy, which he had misunderstood. That afternoon, when I went to check my mail, there was a written paper by that student on respect. So I emailed her about it and her team does the following:
- a student has to copy the "respect" paper for rude behavior, disrespect for a teacher or another student, not being prepared for class, not being responsible for having homework completed, yelling out in class, etc.
- this paper is a consequence for the inappropriate behavior-it reinforces the fact and shows them they are responsible for their behavior
- the students that do not have to write the "respect" paper during the nine week grading period, get to attend a reward party
- the students that do not get to attend the party, have to copy the longer "unacceptable behavior" paper