Rules should be made as a class and the class should understand why we have the rules – try to keep the rules between 3-5. Teachers should be consistent when enforcing the rules. Rules should be followed by everyone in class, including the teacher. Teachers should know their students and that each one is unique, so some students will have individual needs when rules are involved. Primarily incentives should try to be intrinsic, but extrinsic are allowed occasionally. Consequences should be discussed when making rules, so students understand that they have a choice, and what happens if they make a choice to break a rule. The teacher should not make idle threats, if they say they are going to do something, they should follow through. On the same token, the teacher should not make promises they cannot keep. Teachers should show grace and mercy in discipling students and lead by example.
- Don’t do anything to anyone that you don’t want done to you.
- Listen when someone else is speaking.
- Follow the directions of the teacher.
- During class we do class activities.
- Social praise, this could be verbally or just by adding a smiley face to a chart or a marble in a jar when a child or whole class is staying on task/following directions.
- Marble Jar – put a marble/puffball in a jar when a student/whole class is doing something right. When jar is full have a party/extra recess/pre-determined prize.
- Send a note, email, or call parent/parents to let them know that their student is doing an excellent job.
- Extra recess, lunch with the teacher, student may pick an activity from a list.
- Tangible rewards – small prizes from a treasure chest.
- Redirect student verbally – (some students may need this done discreetly) ask student what they should be doing and then ask them why they are not doing said task.
- Warning regarding behavior and what will happen next, ask student privately if they need something, if they are having a bad day, if they are feeling well, if there is something else that they need.
- Move student – either away from distraction or closer to teacher.
- Send a note home, call a parent, send student to office.