Yesterday afternoon I knew I needed an easy afternoon as I was feeling a bit ill. At 12:20 I told the students that we were going to have a class meeting. Then we would go outside for recess. That would probably be about 12:40. Then we would come in about 1:05 and go to library. We didn't finish the class meeting until 12:55. They were not happy about having a 5 minute recess.
I am a parent of a 5th grader. There are 30 students in this classroom and the teacher is having a lot of difficulty controlling them. He has resorted to punishing the whole class because several of the students are "misbehaving". My son has not been the cause of this teacher's frustration but has been the recipient of his wrath.
Can you offer suggestions to achieve a quiet, safe, orderly entry and exit of primary grade children in and out of the school at recess times?
Primary Lead Teacher
Hi Suzanne, You are probably aware of our book, "Positive Discipline in the Classroom". One of the themes of that book is the importance of getting children involved in creating guidelines for behavior. We include an activity for getting children into a circle for class meetings that would work very well for orderly entry and exit.
I have two students that continue to test me and what the consequences will be. I have discussed their behavior with them one on one when we are both calm. We have thought of solutions together. The students have chosen their choice of solution. It would work for a few minutes and then back at it again. Interesting enough a solution has been offered that consists of asking the student to stop. They choose this one and within a few minutes are doing the behaviors again.