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Discipline Issues

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
The SCC team members feel this has helped improve their students' behaviors. The team members are Michael Donovan, Catherine Boland, Cristal Bradley, Kara Rosales, and Ralph Carnesi.


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Sandra Blair taught elementary school for 16 years before moving to Phoenix, AZ. She never dreamed she would teach middle school, but loves seeing her 7th and 8th grade students become fluent readers using the Read 180 program. Learn More.

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