Was I Wrong?
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.
2/1/2014 10:37:07 am
I am constantly struggling with appropriate consequences. When I first started I think I went too far in the discipline over consequences / learning. Now I wonder if I'm too lenient. Luckily I have a great team to work out these questions.
2/2/2014 12:48:18 pm
Thanks for the insight Bryn.
2/1/2014 11:32:15 am
Too many hide behind "accountability" and "responsibility" as a rationale to dispense ineffective punitive measures, even when the long term negative consequences outweigh benefits. Yes the kids are immature; they make mistakes and bad choices; they believe they are wiser than they are and they often rub us the wrong way because "when I was a kid ..." Our job is to serve and guide; find the need and fill it. Don't think you can correct everything.
2/2/2014 12:45:19 pm
Absolutely agree Andy. Thanks for the feedback.
2/2/2014 10:38:32 am
A lot of times it depends on the students and the situation. I have a tendency to operate in the black and white mode on "normal" infractions. Other times I look at the situation & the student. Communication with the parents is key.
2/2/2014 12:46:47 pm
Agree Bobby. And kids hate it when you call home to mom or dad.
2/4/2014 12:20:35 pm
I understand the theoretical concern about black/white consequences but if a teacher enforces an acknowledged school policy PLEASE back up the teacher. That's not the time for contemplation.
2/10/2014 03:47:35 am
Dually noted Mrs. Keane :0)
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