An explanation of positive consequences for good classroom behavior and negative consequences for bad classroom behavior that help create a peaceful classroom environment.
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- Three classroom rules for all grade levels
Positive consequences for good behavior
Teacher: It is now time to talk about Consequences. We’ll talk about the Positive Consequences first.
Here are some of the positive consequences for good behavior.
You get a good grade as ___ percent of your grade is based on your behavior.
(Please note that I was a Conflict Resolution Teacher for five years in an East Tennessee Middle School. Since that class was made up of largely stories, role-plays, and discussion questions, behavior choices counted for 60% of their grade. Later, when I taught seventh-grade English for two years, behavior choices counted for 20% of their grade. Needless to say, adjust these explanations to fit your classroom situation. These are simply some suggestions that might prove to help your classroom environment to be more peaceful and harmonious.)
- We have a pleasant class atmosphere.
- This room is a safe zone from put-downs.
- Everybody feels comfortable with each other.
- We are able to learn a lot of positive life skills.
Teacher explanation of the process called ‘Communication Skills Time’
Note to Teacher: The poster example shown in the article picture and in the demonstration role-play could be hung on your magnetic white board. With dry erase markers, handwrite in whatever time a class may lose during the week every time three or more kids do that “chatty thing.” The time that is left is the amount of “Communication Skills Time” (Free Time) they will have the last part of Friday for games, talking, homework, reading books or magazines, etc.
Teacher: Another positive consequence for good behavior is that on each Friday, toward the end of the period, we will have a ten-minute period that I call “Communication Skills Time.” In other words, “Friday Free Time.”
Note to Teacher: Point to the “Communication Skills Time” poster.
Teacher: During Friday Free Time, you can play games, you can move around the room, you can talk quietly with your friends, you can work on homework, you can read or draw or write notes, you can sleep, and so forth.
There is a way for that ten minutes to be shorter and there is a way for that ten minutes to be longer.
The way it can be shorter is that every time that three (3) or more people do that ‘chatty thing’, I will deduct 30 seconds off that ten minutes. On Friday, the ‘Friday Free Time] will be whatever time there is left of that ten minutes.
Here is how it can be longer. On Friday, let’s say that we get to the end of a story or a role-play or a set of discussion questions, and we are at a really good stopping point. On every class period, we simply pick up where we left off the previous day, as I like to make really good use of every minute that we have together. But on Friday, let’s say that we are at a really good stopping point, like I mentioned before. I look up at the clock and see that we have as much as 12, 15, or 20 minutes left of the class period. Then I look over to the board where I have the “Communication Skills Time” poster located. If I see that you never did that “chatty thing” during the week and we are at that good stopping point; then no promises, but it is likely that I will give you some reward time. Just so you know, I love to give that reward time. It’s a break for you. It’s a break for me. It’s a WIN-WIN situation. So you just need to make it easy for me to give you that reward time by never doing that “chatty thing” during the week.
Teacher explanation of negative consequences for bad behavior
Teacher: It is now time to talk about the Negative Consequences.
For your convenience, click on the following link to print a copy of the Behavior Chart.
- Please click: Behavior Chart
Please note: View the slideshow role-play or download the role-play to see an example of how the behavior chart works.
Teacher: Right now, you all have a 100% ‘Behavior Grade’. Every time you get your name written down on the Behavior Clipboard, your ‘Behavior Grade’ goes down by 1 point: 99%, 98%, 97%, and so forth.
Whenever and if ever you get your name written down on the Behavior Clipboard for the sixth time, there are several consequences that will happen:
- Your ‘Behavior Grade’ is now 94%.
- You get a phone call home to your Parent or Guardian.
- I will fill out a Pink Slip that will be turned into our Assistant Principal that might affect any incentive field trips you go on.
- You get assigned to serve 1 hour of D-Hall (after school detention) or you get assigned to serve one day in I.A.P. (our In School Alternate Program).
The next time a pink slip happens is when you get your name written down on the Behavior Clipboard 15 times. Now the Consequences are:
- Your ‘Behavior Grade’ is now 85%.
- You get another phone call home to your Parent or Guardian.
- You get another Pink Slip to the office.
- You serve another day of I.A.P.
The last time a Pink Slip happens is when and if you ever get your name on the Behavior Clipboard 30 times. The consequence is your ‘Behavior Grade’ is now ‘D-‘ or 70%. You will also have a MAJOR VISIT TO THE OFFICE. I’m not sure what the consequence is as I’ve never had a student do this, but I imagine it would be getting suspended for a number of days and a Parent Conference.
More about the ‘Behavior Grade’
Teacher: Here is how I calculate your ‘Behavior Grade’.
As I’ve said before, since almost everything that we do in this class involves oral-speaking of some type, your ‘Behavior Grade’ is worth 60% of your grade.
You start the quarter out with a 100% ‘Behavior Grade’. As long as you never get your name written down on the Behavior Clipboard for the whole quarter, 60% of your grade will continue to be 100%.
Like I mentioned before, each time you get your name written down on the Behavior Clipboard, your score goes down one percentage point. So, if you got your name written down once, you would have a 99% ‘Behavior Grade’. If you got your name written down 5 times, you would have a 95% ‘Behavior Grade’. If you got your name written down ten times, you would have a 90% ‘Behavior Grade’ and so forth.
Once you lose a point due to inappropriate behavior, that point never can be added back in.
At the end of each day, I will total up the number of points you might have lost during that class period. That number will be written in the left-hand column of the Behavior Clipboard.
At the end of the week, I will total up your score for the entire week and write that on the following page of the Behavior Clipboard. There will be one of those pages for each week that we are together. Whatever your score is so far for the entire quarter is what I write in my grade book as your current ‘Behavior Grade’. If you have not gotten your name written down on the Behavior Clipboard at all, I will write in 100% as your current ‘Behavior Grade’.
Elect Class Recorders
Teacher: It is time to elect three Class Recorders. These are the people who will write the names down on the Behavior Clipboard for me. These three people will take turns every third day writing down the names for me when someone chooses to break one of our rules.
To be a Class Recorder, you need to be able to:
- Print neatly
- Write small as the space is very small
- Behave responsibly
- Don’t doodle on this page as this is what I show parents during Parent-Teacher Conferences.
- Understand that if you break a rule on the day that you are Class Recorder, you will be honest about writing your own name down
New Class Recorders will be elected at Midterm time to give other students this opportunity.
Please understand that a Class Recorder does not get to play police person. He or she will only write names down if I request that he or she does so.
Anybody who is interested in being Class Recorder, please raise your hand.
Note to Teacher: Hold Class Elections. I let the class choose the students by majority vote.
Additional Note to the Teacher: I found having a Classroom Recorder was extremely useful so that I was not taking any classroom time away from our academics. It also helps eliminate that power play and blame game if you make certain you calmly ask the classroom recorder to put that student’s name down on the behavior clipboard rather than using one of those harsh teacher voices like you might have heard on a Charlie Brown cartoon.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For your convenience, this article has been re-written as a role-play so that you can see posters along with the explanation.
- Please click: Demonstration role-play – Positive and negative consequences for classroom behavior choices
Posters & Behavior Chart to print for classroom use
- DICTIONARY DEFINITION FOR TALKING Display Poster
- 3 Classroom Rules Display Posters
- Behavior Chart
- ‘I Message’ Sentence Starters Display Poster
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Please note: This article was originally posted in 2009 under the former publishing tool. When it was discovered that it had some missing links and videos, etc., I edited it and re-published it as you see above.
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