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. Our class will incorporate nine character traits, including: Trust, Responsibility, Self-control, Respect, Fairness, Citizenship, Honesty, Compassion, and Patience. These traits will be discussed, studied, modeled and observed throughout the year. 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 for breaking any of the classroom rules, and there is a visual aid in the room using four colors. If a student breaks one of our classroom or school rules they will move their clothespin to the appropriate color:
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 for positive behaviors with tickets. Students receive one ticket each day their clothespin remains on Green for the whole day. Tickets are also given for random acts of kindness or for demonstrating good behavior. They are given randomly and often! Tickets are stored in the students’ desks and can be turned in for the following reward choices: a piece of candy from the apple jar, an item from the Treasure Box, lunch with the teacher & a friend, or pick your own seat for a day.