I am a believer in positive discipline strategies such as redirection, offering choice, logical consequences, and positive reinforcement. In my experiences, I have found that students are far more likely to work for a reward than they are to avoid a consequence. I prefer to reward students for positive behaviors, especially when it comes to the student who may struggle to show those behaviors consistently. Some examples of reward strategies that I use are Secret Student, Brownie Points, and Teacher vs. Student.

I also believe that it is incredibly important to have a concrete plan in place for behavior management in order to ensure that consequences for behaviors remain consistent. My current behavior management plan is as follows:

  • First offense: The student's name is written on a clipboard, and I tap on their desk to let them know they are on their first warning.

  • Second offense: I place a checkmark next to the student's name on the clipboard and tap on their desk. The student is held back before recess to discuss the behavior.

  • Third offense: I place a checkmark next to the student's name on the clipboard and tap on their desk. The student is unable to participate in Fun Friday and spends that time working on a behavior goal sheet.

  • Fourth offense: Parent contact.