Mrs. Cornell, our school counselor, will be teaching the children about Kelso's Choices. This conflict-management curriculum for elementary students is based on the premise that every child is capable of becoming a peacemaker. This program offers nine options students can choose from to resolve minor conflicts on their own. Students will be able to determine the difference between "small problems" they can handle and "big problems" that require an adult’s help. We ask the students if they have tried two of Kelso's choices before involving an adult for the little problems. Big problems are, of course, handled immediately.
Classroom Discipline & Rewards
Sauder Elementary School uses a school-wide discipline plan based on the six pillars of character education. We will study six character traits, including: Respect, Trustworthiness, Responsibility, Fairness, Citizenship, and Honesty. As a class, we will determine 4-5 rules to help us promote these traits in the classroom each and every day. We will discuss consequences, including the visual aid in the room using four colors. You will see the color that represents your child’s behavior every day in the monthly behavior chart that is placed in your child’s OWL Folder. In the event that your child moves off of green, a written explanation will be sent home for you to sign and return to school the very next day:
Green = Great Day! Yellow = Warning Blue = No Recess Red = Office Visit
In addition to consequences for inappropriate behavior, I am a HUGE believer in positive reinforcement for positive behaviors. Along with praise, compliments, and special privileges, the students will be rewarded with tickets. Students receive one ticket for each “Green” day. Tickets are also given for random acts of kindness or for demonstrating good behavior. Tickets are given randomly and often! Each student is responsible for keeping, counting, and deciding when to turn in tickets for prizes. Tickets are stored in the students’ desks and can be turned in on Fridays for the following reward choices: a visit to the Treasure Box, a bonus Show & Tell day, computer time instead of morning work, lunch with the teacher & a friend, or pick your own seat for a day.