teachinglearning:Ta-da! This is a my new classroom management consequence ladder tracking chart that I’m going to implement this year for my 8th graders! I’m adapting to it because one big problem that I ran into in my classroom management last year was that my students would instantly shut down once they received a writing assignment as a consequence. This new method enables the student the power to correct their behavior and move out of the negative consequences and back into positive ones by the end of the class period; actually encouraging them to correct their behavior!
Now just 6 more to make and a ton a clothespins to buy!
Comments? Questions?uh I have so many extra clip boards that I should consider doing this
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Then, my dear, we live in a world of semantics. Writing is writing. Authority is authority. Whether the consequence is overtly related to the material or not, consequences are things that ought not be enjoyed for the sake of doing, but things that ought to lift up a person to a new emotion. Please, #education, enlighten this bad teacher with your ideas on the context. I’m truly all ears. All I ask is that you be civil and not hijack for the sake of stating a message. I want you to bring something to the table that I can learn from, not bash for it’s insensitiveness.
I didn’t see anyone calling you a bad teacher.
Nor did I see anyone call this insensitive, but in other terms, many of us call this misguided.
As others have said, writing as a form of punishment can instill a dislike of writing, which is the opposite of what we as teachers want. Someone else made the point that, “I don’t make students do math problems, so why make kids write?”
Shape-futures said she does believe in apology letters, but I don’t even believe in forcing those. I have *suggested* to students, “I think it would be good of you to write a letter of apology if you can find the the words to say.” I don’t make them do it. Only ONCE have I had a student NOT do it. I don’t feel you are really fostering a genuine thought process of regret or the act of asking for forgiveness.
Writing for punishment, or any punishment, often does not “lift a person up to new emotion.” It can often foster many negative feelings—the opposite of what you want if not administered properly, effectively, or with known consequences.
I like that you make consequences of actions very, very clear. You do put student ownership into play there—YOU ARE MAKING THEM THE AUTHORITY by doing this. You cannot say, “authority is authority” because students need to feel empowered in your class, not overpowered. And you are giving them clear choices here.
I wonder how it would work if “teachers choice” was actually “student choice” and they had to choose from various tasks or reprimands: loss of lunch with friends, loss of recess, clean boards, or maybe even include the writing as a CHOICE so it’s not the only ultimatum.
then, after the “student choice” you call home. I wonder if you should be calling home much sooner. You have it as the fourth strike, essentially.
We are a community who wants to help, and when #education sees something we feel strongly about, then we tend to react in a knee-jerk way.
But I was being brutally honest with you: As a hypothetical parent, I would be furious if you used writing as a punishment for my kid. You would hear from me. I would ask for my kid to have after school detention and help clean your room or something.
How would you deal with me, as a parent, if I said no to your form of punishment (regardless of what that punishment is)?
I do want to point out that though I use the apology letter (I have to pick my battles with my supervisor), it generally fails hideously and isn’t worth the struggle. Kids don’t take it seriously, they don’t want to do it, it doesn’t teach them anything, and they try to get away with as few insincere sentences as possible. No one even usually reads them and they are well aware of this fact.
In our situation, at least, they don’t work.
When you ask a student what they think they should do to right a situation and THEY say maybe they should apologize, or if you suggest a letter and the student hops on board, then it’s an entirely different situation.