The great American Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” This is true in many different areas of life, but is especially important in education. At first when thinking about it, I thought that it was referring to the daily schedule or curriculum, but it is so much more than that. I decided to apply it to as many areas as I could and one area that made a difference for me was in my approach to classroom management.
We need a discipline plan. It is that simple. Without it we will not be as effective and our students will not achieve as much. My plan is easy to understand and realistic.
- I have some rules
- Something happens when you choose to not follow a rule
- Something happens when you do choose to follow a rule
Discipline Plan for Spanish
- Respect the people, equipment, and furnishings of our class.
- Follow instructions immediately.
- Don’t cause a problem for someone else.
If You Choose To Break a Rule
Phase 1: We’ll talk about it.
Phase 2: 5 minutes at the beginning of Lunch Time.
Phase 3: 10 minutes at the beginning of Lunch Time.
Phase 4: We’ll have a conference where you will develop an action plan.
Severe Disruptions: Student sent immediately to the office and we’ll have a conference where you will develop an action plan.
If a student chooses to miss his or her scheduled consequence, it will immediately be turned over to the Principal.
- Verbal Encouragement
- Phone call home bragging about how awesome the student is
- Extra Credit
- Unexpected Candy
- Various other perks
- When we’re going into a time of Spanish, I say “Español por favor.” [Spanish please]
- If a students really needs to speak English, they raise their hand and when I call on them they say, “¿Inglés por favor?” [English please]. If I nod yes, they say it. If I say no, they have to wait for another time.
- If a students speaks English without asking for permission, I may give them págame. I do this in a light-hearted way. It has to be like a game and not a punishment. If it is a punishment, it causes damage to your classroom atmosphere and students feel like they are getting yelled at. If it’s a game, it becomes more of a challenge to not get a penalty. Kind of like not getting called for holding in football. I may do a video on this to show the difference.
- After I give them a págame, a student in the class records it on a designated piece of paper. This frees me from any administrative duties and I can just relax. Plus the student likes the responsibility and power to keep track of the class. I choose this person wisely. Usually a quiet person that doesn’t like to act.
- This keeps the English out and Spanish in. We have a lot more focus and more gets accomplished. Also the students practice more control.