These are the words that I say to a student that might be doing one of the following things during class:
2.) Not following directions
3.) Not keeping hands / feet to themselves
4.) Being disrespectful
5.) Lying or stealing
Sounds like classroom rules, right? Well, I don't really have them posted anywhere… I just ask the students what they want me to take care of, if something were to happen during the day. We discuss this extensively at the beginning of the year.
EVERY year they come up with the 5 things that you see above (without my prompting).
They know what they're supposed to do and not supposed to do. Their parents have clearly stated what is right vs. wrong (whether they follow that at home or not is a different matter).
So, when one of these things happens, they obviously want my attention for one reason or another… but I'm not going to give it them… for at least a minute.
Instead, I'm going to focus on the other 95% of the students that ARE following my directions, and have an internal one-minute clock ticking while the student is sitting in the "Step-Aside" chair (which is not more than 10 feet from where we are… facing us).
Then, I go over and have a discussion with them about what happened and make the discipline (if any is needed) logical based on how our classroom is set up.
Therefore, most of the discipline problems are handled internally, and rarely does a student miss any free time, nor do they have to go out into the hall, or even down to the principal's office for that matter.
If the behavior continues over a period of time, a call might go home explaining to the parents what's been happening, and usually there's more of an issue that I'm not aware of that's going on and we essentially get to the bottom of it.
When all is said and done, this chair is hardly used anyway. Just the thought of it existing eases the minds of many students in our class for numerous reasons.
Thank you to the "Step Aside" Chair!!!