Learning about Logical Consequences

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Responding to misbehavior is one of the most challenging aspects of teaching. Even the most experienced teachers make mistakes. But just as we allow students to make mistakes, we must allow ourselves to make them, too. And then, just as we do with students, we must allow ourselves to try again without judgment, in the spirit of learning to do it better next time.

lq-featureOne of my favorite activities during the school year is the monthly workshop I facilitate with a group of our instructional assistants from upper elementary, the specials (art, music and PE), and Arabic classes. This year I’m using Responsive Classroom professional development kits as a resource for these workshops. At our most recent meeting, we focused on the topic of responding to misbehaviors with an emphasis on developing a better understanding of logical consequences.

I never cease to be amazed at the level of energy and depth of discourse this passionate group of educators bring to these meetings. As we dived into our study by connecting to past experiences, discussing readings, and analyzing videos, what became clear is that we all share the underlying beliefs that children want to – and can – make good choices, and that it is our responsibility to support them as they learn to do so.

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