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    By kay

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    After reading a lot the above conversations, I was amazed to read "I don't want to be mean, but.." or "I 'request' that they...." If any of you have read any of my other posted messages, you will know that I have taught for 20 years and one of the most "IMPORTANT" thing to know is never worry about being "MEAN" and NEVER "ASK". You say, 'your behavior was inappropriate and now you will....." Because you make them follow the rules does not equate with "being mean". I am a very loving teacher, and even when it hurts me to make the sweetest-little-cutest girl in the class give up recess to make up her homework, I make her do it. If my students are lining up for lunch and they are loud, I DO NOT ASK, PLEAD or say anything except, 'You were too loud, go back to your seats and let's try it again'. We do it until they line up the right way. After 2 or 3 times, they 'get it' that they will be in the back of the line for lunch. If you use the method for other behaviors, it will work as well. BUT, my greatest advice: Never request; just state what they are going to do.

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