Structure and Consistency!!!! Discuss rules and procedures and practice them for the first week. Have a plan for behavior including what you might say to them.
some ideas for behavior
My 3 Rules: respect self, respect others, respect property
Things to say/do for certain behaviors:
__________, I will not tolerate your outbursts. You are disrespecting others in this class. This is your warning.
2. talking back to the teacher
__________, I will not tolerate your tone of voice. You are disrespecting me and disrupting the learning of the others in this class. This is your warning.
__________, gum is not allowed in this school. Spit it in this paper and hold onto it until desk check. This is your warning.
4. talking during the lesson
__________, I expect you to turn around in your seat and get on with the assignment. This is your warning.
__________, I expect you to turn around in your seat and listen to the lesson. This is your warning.
5. irrelevant questions
____________, your question does not pertain to the subject matter. Please hold all off-topic questions until desk check.
6. out of seat
__________, you do not have permission to be out of your seat. Please go back to your seat. This is your warning.
7. talking before raising hand
____________, I expect you to raise your hand and wait to be called on before you speak.
I use a check and chart behavior plan. The chart looks like a tic-tac-toe with places for each period I teach. This is put on a transparency that I keep near the overhead while teaching. I pull it up when I need to write a name or put a check.
1)warning name on chart
2)1 check 30 seconds off passing time
3)2 checks 60 seconds off passing time/Stud-Tea conf in teacher’s office(my desk with a chair for the student)/possible contract writing depending on the behavior
4)3 checks contract inevitable/written and needed for re-entry/possible referral to office
I also have a timer that I use to take away Friday minutes for whole class disruptions. The minutes are counted daily on the overhead chart. Each period is given 5 minutes per day to start.
Have plenty of positive reinforcements available to counter the consequences. A balanced approach is best.