As they reluctantly explained, they were using the 15 minutes their teacher granted them on the classroom laptop at the end of the day to watch videos that they knew were inappropriate. Parents, on the whole, have bought into the promise of connected, digital, paper-free classrooms; we clamour for more devices and faster connections in our schools. Have we been naive? In the emergent lexicon of the online world, these subversive mashups of video content are called YouTube Poop.
Logical consequences, as we learned in the last two articles, are ways in which adults structure learning opportunities for children. The goal of logical consequences is to stop children's misbehavior and help them make more constructive choices.
To apply consequences effectively, adults need to behave in a thoughtful and reflective manner. Remember, in that moment when the hall is wet with water fountain spray or defiant words are ringing in our ears, our first responses might be less than reasoned.
At that moment, we contemplate Siberia. At that moment, only the first step is invoked: We might send the student to his or her seat or to a time-out chair, letting the student know that we will think about the consequences later.
Again, it might take time and collaboration. There is no one-size-fits-all consequence. Even with consistency, we need to consider individual factors. Is this a first-time behavior? Did it occur because of something programmatic or situational?
For example, I recently noticed that, in one classroom, children were lining up next to a sink area in an area that was too crowded. The disruptions that occurred were greatly decreased and the procedure went more quickly when the line-up area was redesigned. Although there is no perfect recipe, there are a few general categories that can help us consider effective implementation of logical consequences.
The examples are not exhaustive, and there always can be variations on a theme. You Break It --You Fix It Children take some responsibility for fixing, as best they can, any problem or mess they have created. One child accidentally knocks into another on the playground.
She stops, apologizes and offers to help the other child get up.
A student knocks over a tray of food carried by another student. He helps clean it up and perhaps offers to go back and get new food. A child hurts the feelings of another. She participates in "an apology of action" by writing a note, including the hurt child in a friendly activity A student is part of a conflict.
The students involved participate in a conflict resolution process. A student wastes class time talking to a friend, looking out the window, trying to avoid the task. He makes up the time at another point during the day.
Loss of Privilege In classrooms in which children help generate and construct the rules together, a sense of shared responsibility and trust exists. When students do not "take care of the rules," the logical consequence might be to lose a privilege.
A student waves scissors around. She loses the use of the scissors for the remainder of the art period. Two children talk instead of working. They have to sit by themselves. A child rocks his chair or sits way back in his chair.6 Grammar Games for the Language Classroom 1.
Pictionary Plus. Just for fun, you can toss in a couple about yourself so the students are encouraged to engage you as well.
completely by accident, a word choice actually works out!—and come up with a new, logical story. Learning happens when we connect new information to what we already know.
When children have limited knowledge about the world, they have a smaller capacity to learn more about it. Here are four ways teachers can build content knowledge that will expand the opportunity for students to forge new connections — and make them better independent readers and learners.
Funny Stories These hilarious true tales will have you laughing for days. Responsive Classroom Strategies Examples of Logical Consequences Before reading this article, you might want to review Ruth Charney's earlier articles, Logical Consequences Teach Important Lessons and The Three R's of Logical Consequences.
Logical consequences, as we learned in the last two articles, are ways in which adults structure learning opportunities for children. What was the “incident” at your high school? (r-bridal.comdit) submitted 1 Some kids thought it would be funny to replace the science video with a pornographic film.
the principal “resigned” for family reasons but actually a student caught him and another teacher hooking up in a classroom. Both were married and now he teaches SAT. Part One:: Using Ozobots in a Classroom These tiny line-reading robots have caused quite a stir with my younger students.
They love the idea that they can make them “do” something, and they learn a little bit about automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and different program languages in the process.