Thank you for another wonderful post today! I teach 5th grade to a wide array of students (both academically and behaviorally). I have the same beliefs you do about classroom management and rewards. Our staff has been reading and discussing the book, Teaching Children to Care by: Ruth Charney this year. I am excited to share your post with them. I think it will be beneficial to those who believe the ideas, but are uncertain how to make it look/work in their classroom.
I am certain to start using the “incident report.” Not only does it solve the problems you mentioned, but it is great documentation.
I also love Jen’s idea of the digital recorder. I see it being included in my room in two different ways (at least). First, it could be a resource for those students who struggle with writing to record the necessary information for an incident report. I could scribe it onto the form as I listen to the recorder later. Second, it could be used as a backup to the incident report during those transition times where students might not have the time to fill out a report (such as the very end of the day). I could write it down or leave it for them to write down as soon as time allows.
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