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What do I do if my consequences aren’t working?

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Questions to ask yourself when consequences don’t work:

1) Was your consequence immediate? Did you apply it as soon as the student misbehaved?

2) Was the consequence applied in a consistent manner? Did you do what you said you would? Did you do the same thing the last time a student misbehaved this way? And the time before that?

3) Did the application of the consequence allow the student to maintain a sense of control? Did you make the connection between the behavior (not the student!) and then consequence clear? Once the consequence was applied was it followed by a clean slate of forgiveness?

4) Was the consequence logically related to the misbehavior? Did it allow the student to learn the appropriate behavior?

5) Did the consequence allow the student to maintain his or her dignity?

6) Do you model appropriate behavior to the class? Have student observed you acting inconsistently with your behavioral expectations?

Written by theonlinepd

March 16, 2008 at 8:57 pm

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