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What is the best discipline strategy that has worked for you instead of sending referrals left and right?

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Context: I teach high school English and English language development (8-12) in a majority-minority school with a majority of non-native speakers and 80-90% Free and Reduced lunch with the “white” students coming from a very rural area with language gaps of their own. 1. I put phones/headphones that I “see” (i.e. being a distraction) into the “Brown Bag of Death” (brown lunch sack from dollar store) that I fold down, staple, and hand back to student. 2. When students are tardy, they may choose to stand for ten minutes or take the write up. The second time they are tardy, they stand for 30 minutes, and the third time, we step out I. The hall and call home to figure out why they can’t get their body to the right place at the right time. 3. Overall, I presume best intentions. I ask how can I help them reach their goals. I tell them that my job is support staff and I’m not letting up on them because I know they can. Sometimes this means having a one on one talk about letting a kid stand up and walk around every so often when they have too much energy or I had a deal with one kid a couple of years ago who had VERY extreme anger issues that if he is finding that he is getting wound up, he would signal to me and go get a drink of water and come back calm. I was doing National Boards that year and his class was the one I was videoing, but I had had him the previous year as well and having that established relationship went a long toward his behavior in my class. I don’t do smushy. I don’t get emotionally involved. I tell them that my job is to support them, so how can I best do that? The ball needs to be in their court as much as possible. We did a book study of Conscious Discipline a couple of years ago in my building and it was reaffirming to know that the strategies I was leaning on were healthy for the students. I recommend it to everyone.

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Minority and Majority is used to tally it's not ethnic groups,I am a black man not a Minority 90% of Earth is Black people.Those are Jim Crow terms when they came here on that pirate ship called the Mayflower did they say that then...Nope.Critical race theory is also a Jim Crow tactic that will fail because it's evil.

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In addition to the advice about positive reinforcement, clear expectations, and procedure, I would add two things: 1) Respect/rapport Respect is a two-way street. Respect your student and ask if there’s something YOU as a teacher can change. Explain that you have requirements to meet but that within those requirements you’re willing to be flexible. If you want them to change, show that you’re willing to do the same. Ask them for suggestions. Ask them to think about it. No matter how sarcastic or mouthy they get, show that you believe they have valuable insight and want to hear it. 2) Give them ownership in the room. This applies mainly to secondary teachers because elementary teachers already do this. I have wall space dedicated to students. At the beginning of the year, our introduction day involves a variable picture. They choose the first letter of either their first or last name and put it in the center of a blank paper. Then they draw four things that start with that letter that describe them. I have markers and colored pencils available to spice it up. Then I hang them up on my wall. It’s a little crowded, but it’s worth it when they bring a friend in after school or a parent at PTC and point out their artwork. They often come in and try to guess who did which picture (names are on the back so art is anonymous). And after that it’s no longer MY room. It’s also theirs because they have something displayed in it. It sounds cheesy, but it really affects how some of the students perceive their place in your class.

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HSMT1- Your artwork idea is awesome! I will be doing that. I also agree about relationship and rapport.

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Build trust and positive relationships. Let them get away with shenanigans sometimes but then make it clear when that time is over. I haven’t written anyone up or sent anyone out of my class in probably 5 years, including many of the “problem children” that many others are consistently sending to the office.

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Yes! Trust and positive relationships with your students. And get to know them, as individuals (who always have the best intentions and they need guidance) and know their struggles and empower them.

Positive reinforcement- recognizing what students do well rather than draw attention to negative behavior. Keeping students actively engaged instead of passively listening diminishes classroom issues dramatically too.

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Yes! Engagement and opportunities to move or have a brain break are great.

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Truly, the best discipline strategy is defining discipline as teaching and guiding instead of punishment.

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I ask students to step outside and have a chitchat.

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Relationship building is the key and knowing the students triggers.

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I was going to say the same thing. I get to know my kids and haven’t sent a kid in about 8 years now.

We use Love and Logic to reinforce rules and choices. It is very repetitive and it works.

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Luv Love & Logic ❤️

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Positive reinforcement goes a long ways. I pull my students to the side and have one on one conversations about trends in behavior I may be seeing in class. Treat them as you wish to be treated.

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Positivity!! And every day is a new day. Don’t hold a grudge and don’t take behavior personally. Use it as communication.

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Referrals are always my last choice, but sometimes it is necessary. Always make sure communication home has been attempted. If a student is preventing others from learning something has to be done.

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@AMS ... or some type of diagnostic/intervention is needed for long-term achievement.

Procedures, procedures, procedures! It all starts on day 1 with the teaching of procedures. Once taught, I reinforce them daily until they become habit. I tell them in my syllabus how they should enter the classroom, what to do with their backpacks, where to find their exit tickets, etc. On the second day, I am reinforcing those procedures. When they arrive to class, there is a writing prompt on my board. I give them the time that it takes me to do attendance and check email to do the prompt--about seven minutes. (We are in block scheduling.) When they are done, I do a content lesson for thirty minutes. It is a PowerPoint with built in discussion prompts. At the halfway mark of the class, I have them all take a bathroom break. (This limits the number of bathroom passes that I have to give.) When we come back to class, it is their turn to talk. We have a speaking assignment that students are given. Sometimes it is an impromptu assignment, sometimes, they have been scheduled to present a formal address. It is all about procedure and routine. I also have a four step discipline plan. By the time I get to writing a referral, I have taken three steps to correct the behavior. If the behavior is egregious enough, I refer them right away.

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Keep them busy always. My students always know there is something else for them to do so they never have time to do things they shouldn’t. Make it fun and know which battles to pick.

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I make positive phone calls, emails, and snail mail letters home. The parents and kids love this. I do about five per week, and I usually get through all of my rosters by the end of the year. No matter how much a kid might annoy me, I find something positive to say about the student. The students who are normally “good“ kids and their parents love getting feedback that they rarely hear (many folks take that good behavior for granted), and the parents and students really love it. I’ve even had parents cry on the phone because they were so happy to get this kind of feedback about their children. This action demonstrates that a teacher really really cares about their students, and so if there ever is a problem, parents are much more likely to support you than otherwise. I’ve been using this tactic for over 20 years as a teacher, and it frankly is one of the best things I’ve ever done. I highly recommend it.

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Has anyone else hears of the two for ten ? Spend two minutes a day talking to a student for ten days. Try this with those who are the ,most difficult to love. I k is with schedules this can be hard. But just pick a couple of students per week. It s amazing how far they will go for you

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Raffle tickets for positive behaviors with a weekly raffle. Relationships and patience, lots of patience. I also give choices and leave it up to them. Seems like a long time since I have dealt with discipline due to Covid schedules!

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Home visits. “ I am concerned about your child’s academics””. Then mention behavior. 😀

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Are you able to do an FBA and figure out why the behaviors that require referrals are occurring?

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My district found the cure to writing referrals. They are discontinued. 🤦

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Referrals have been proven to be virtually useless when it comes to corrective behavior. Kids don’t respond to punitive punishment. Never have, never will.

Weekly contracts. Basically it's their assignments written down. As they complete them, they get initialed by both the student and myself or my assistant. If they are up to date with their contracts, they get special privileges. (I teach a sped class with gen ed curriculum).

Hellison's Personal Social Responsibility Model!! It's a gem!!

where can I find that? I am a PE teacher as well at my middle school

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