Seven Important components to consider if you find youself challenged by the behavior of a student. The first component deals with having a schoolwide system in place that is consistently implemented.
Typically there are school-wide expectations that are defined in common areas by whole staff/kids (What does safe look like in the cafeteria? Hallway? Bus?) Teachers SHOULD then have autonomy to tailor what the expectations look like in their classroom . Students can help define! Here is a tool to assist: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jomr366nezu11rs/Beechview%20CHAMPS.doc ;
Teachers, students and administration should know which kinds of behaviors are handled in class by the teacher and which ones are handled by administration. This is the part that needs consistency. Here is an example of a way to create a consistent system:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/i0epblvwawc5i2x/GeneralProcedureFlowChart_v2.1.pdf ; The details can change. The important part is that everyone is consistent. Many teachers become frustrated when the system is unclear and inconsistently implemented. Kids find the holes and it becomes a game. They know who and where they can and cannot "get away" with pushing the limits. Not fair to them!
A common misconception here is that the consequences administration chooses for infractions must always be the same. Not so! There is room for individualization! The important part is that the system is followed. Consequences are only a small part! It matters most that the system is implemented and less about which "hammer" you use.
Another misconception is that all teachers must respond a certain way (consequences again!) to each behavior. Not so! They just need to know what they are expected to handle and when to make an office referral!
The hammer you use is less important than using it consistently.
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STOIC: Structure for success; Teach what you want to see; Observe always; Interact respectfully ; Correct gently
This is the basis of a professional learning I facilitate called CHAMPS: Organization, Management and Discipline in the Elementary Classroom.
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The findings indicated that school employees repeatedly saw principals pressured to avoid suspending or expelling students for even criminal violations such as assault or knife possession. Staff members also told consultants they were pressured not to report discipline violations.
Perfect storm : school needs to look carefully at their system of support; analyze data about disciplinary actions and put preventative supports in place for staff and kids. www.pbis.org
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Schools looking to improve the culture/climate of their school use data to help them make decisions. Most often, the data comes from discipline referrals that inform us about the environments we have created. Office discipline referrals are a symptom of underlying issues. These issues are related to the students themselves, of course. However, the school is a highly social context within which learning is to occur. It is important to also evaluate instruction, curriculum and the environment along with the learner while trying to understand issues around “behavior”.
When do schools need to focus analysis on school-wide policies and procedures: when more than 20% of their enrollment has more than 2 office discipline referrals.
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