During in-person instruction, my approach to discipline is to talk and teach. Rarely do my students get “sent to the office” or face severe consequences. Having done this for 30 years, I’m pretty good at getting kids to cooperate. Click here for a printable version of the Room 15 Discipline Plan, which spells out consequences for misbehavior. It includes the student-parent contract section. This is the 2012-13 version, so it’s changed a bit over the years, but you’ll get the gist of my approach.
During remote instruction, classroom discipline works a bit differently. Here are a few things kids should be aware of:
Zoom expectations: 1.) Be fully dressed; 2.) Make sure your family knows you’re in a meeting; 3.) Find a quite place or ask you family to respect the meeting; 4.) Stay in one place (don’t be bouncing around!); 5.) Follow the same speaking guidelines you would in the regular class–DON’T SHOUT!; 6.) Use the comment app only for important class items; 7.) When signing in, use your REAL first name or I can’t admit you.
You will be muted and or even removed from the session if you’re failing to meet these expectations.
Posting in online platforms: You’ll be posting all kinds of stuff on The Daily Platypus and Google Classroom. Make sure your posts and comments are appropriate for school and written in an intelligent way. When you say something goofy, it’s there on the web FOREVER. Be smart!
Work expectations: You’ll have assignments every day Monday through Friday. Friday is mostly used for catching up and extra help. It’s a good idea to get each day’s assignments done on that day so the next day’s assignments make sense, but as long as you’re all caught up by Friday, you’ll have a nice weekend! I plan on sending home regular progress reports to parents, so do your best to keep up.
Honor system: Sometimes I’ll assign activities that you won’t have to turn in. For example, cursive, PE activities, and math review sheets with answer keys attached. We’re trusting you to complete the activity. How honest you are is exceptionally important.