It was not uncommon for "the paddle" to be hanging from the wall of the principal's office … in case it was needed.
My, how far we've come (and that's a good thing).
In our classroom, I basically have a discussion with all of the students at the beginning of the year that:
"It's not IF something goes wrong… it's WHEN something goes wrong, and how you handle it."
Therefore, when something goes wrong (and it sometimes happens multiple times daily)… we are prepared for what to do, and how to handle it.
They've basically learned that if they don't do _____, then they won't get to do _____.
Usually, if it's an individual student, I talk with them on the side, and we move on with our day. If it's a bigger deal than that, I try to take more time to get to the bottom of what's really going on, and why they were behaving like that.
Now, if it's a good portion of the class (and that happens occasionally), I warn them that if the negative behavior continues (as a group)… then we'll just practice the proper behavior… during THEIR free time.
Yes, that's right.
During free time, if they were loud or disruptive in the hallway, then we just go and practice it… until they get it right.
Once I do that (and follow through with what I said)… the problem is usually corrected almost immediately. It's absolutely amazing, and works like a charm.
In the 18 years that I've been teaching, I rarely have had to send students down to the principal's office, and I take pride in that… and I make sure that I tell the students that, too.
I wonder if the paddle is still hanging on the wall???
I don't think so.
Maybe I'll send a student down … just to check.