“Using minor interventions and small consequences that you can administer fairly and without hesitation before a situation gets emotional is the key to maintaining control and earning students’ respect.”
KEY IDEA: Giving a warning is not taking action; it is threatening that you might take an action and therefore is counterproductive Once you have determined that a behavior is the result of disobedience rather than incompetence, that is deliberate, a consequence is better than a warning.
The goal is to take action rather than get angry.
· Act early. Catch it early.
· Act reliably. Be consistent.
· Act proportionately. Start small when the misbehavior is small.
Consequences should be issued in these ways:
· Be calm, poised, and impersonal.
· Be incremental. (take things away in pieces)
· Be private.
From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)