Our School and Classroom rules:
Be Safe; Be Respectful; Be Responsible
Keep hands/feet/objects to yourself.
Report dangerous behavior.
Give personal space.
Speak politely and listen to others.
Share and take turns.
Use a quiet voice.
Respect all property.
Be prepared with materials.
Clean up after yourself.
Listen and follow directions.
What happens if a student does not follow behavior expectations?
1. Verbal redirection In this step, the teacher verbally identifies the behavior that needs to be changed and tells the offender what needs to be done (stating the problem and the solution that is needed).
2. Take 5. If the student continues the behavior, the teacher will ask the offender to take 5 minutes to think about the situation and to choose a better way to handle the issue. This may be in another part of the room away from the group.
3. Take 5 … Plus. If the behavior continues, the student will spend another 5 minutes thinking about the situation and will complete a reflection sheet that must be turned in to the teacher. These reflection sheets will be sent home for a parent signature. At this point, a consequence is incurred.
4. Conference Call to Parents. If the behavior continues, and the situation cannot be resolved by other means, a conference call is placed to the student’s parents/guardians. The student is brought to the office and the teacher, principal, or other staff member involved will conference on the phone with the parent/guardian to determine next steps.
Problem vs. Solution
One of the most important questions we will all ask of our students when they are involved in a situation where inappropriate or mean behavior occurs is whether they are part of the problem or part of the solution. Please note, retaliation makes a victim part of the problem and they will be held equally accountable.
5 Steps for Solving Problems
When children encounter problems, we teach them to follow 5 steps to resolve the issue. The goal is to help our students advocate for themselves and to learn that they can control the outcome of difficult situations. We suggest you use the same steps at home.
1. Ignore the ‘offender.’ Most times the offender only pursues an issue to get a reaction. If no reaction is given, the issue often goes away on its own.
2. Use words in a respectful way. The student uses an “I” statement to express feelings appropriately.
i.e. “I get upset when you call me that name. Will you please stop?”
3. Ask for and take some space. Sometimes simply moving away resolves a problem.
4. 3-Way Conference: If the student still can’t resolve the situation, he/she can ask for a 3-way conference with a present adult. “Mrs. Smith – I’m having a problem with Jake – and he won’t listen to me. Can you help me?”
5. Private chat with a responsible adult. If the other steps have not solved the problem, the student can ask for a private chat with a teacher to explain what has been going on and what steps have already been taken to resolve the issue.