What can Ms. Rollison do to increase the chances that her students will behave appropriately in class?
Page 9: Consequences: An Introduction
Now that Ms. Rollison has a set of rules and procedures, she needs to develop consequences, responses following a student’s behavior that are intended to promote the student’s use of rules and procedures. By developing consequences ahead of time, the teacher will be prepared to respond to the behaviors, and the students will know what to expect. Consequences work best when they:
- Are clear and specific
- Relate directly to the rules and procedures
- Possess a range of intensity or hierarchy of alternatives
- Are natural and logical in the school environment
More specifically, positive consequences serve to increase students’ adherence to classroom rules and procedures, and negative consequences serve to decrease their rule breaking and disruptive behavior. Both will be discussed in greater detail on the pages to follow.