On a occasion teachers and administrators are faced with tough decisions when a student makes poor choices. Over the years I have second guessed myself on the consequences handed down. Whether it was a student who used technology inappropriately or misbehaved on the bus, I always wonder was the penalty too much or too little. The decision always came back to ensuring that all students learn in a safe environment.
There is no doubt I have made mistakes and will continue to second guess myself when discipline is imposed. What is the appropriate consequence? Take for example a student who misuses a website or device. Is the appropriate action to suspend them from using technology for a period of time? Would the same decision be made if a student used a pencil innappropriately? I can see the newspaper headline now: School Prohibits Student From Using Pencil in Math Class (No Way Would That Ever Happen).
The fact remains that when a major discipline issue is dealt with, administrators and teachers need to work together in order to appropriately ensure the child is held accountable and able to still thrive in the future. Effective communication with the parent and student is crucial as well. Emotions may run high, but at the end of the day it's what's best for that particular child. So what do you say? Please leave your thoughts on appropriate discipline. Who knows, the insight you share could help someone who is in a tough spot.