Common Disciplinary Problems
Many common disciplinary issues among students are common and can be mediated with effective classroom management strategies. One group of common discipline problems is disengagement. Students are not disruptive in classes, but they are not receiving instruction or participate in learning activities. These students participate in off-task activities such as putting their heads down, pretend to participate, drawing, or daydreaming during learning activities.
These types of behavior are often addressed by teachers when they occur, and they do not require serious disciplinary consequences. However, ignoring these disengaged behaviors often leaves targeted students behind. Some teachers may give up and allow these students to fail because the teachers could not change students’ behaviors with common intervention strategies: lower grades, call parents, use proximity, call on students. One difficult challenge occur when students have a history of academic failures and acceptance of those failures. These students give up easily care little about their academic achievements.
Fortunately, we know all students are addicted to cellphones and love to listen to music. Safe Pouch is invented to allow students reward students for their achievement. Safe Pouch has openings for students to connect accessories to charge their phones or listen to music. Below are some strategies that allow teachers to promote engagement:
- Allow students who have greater than 80% to listen to music during independent activity on a specific day.
- Teachers double-check to make sure failing students have locked their phones in their Safe Pouch.
- Most Effective: If school leaders can provide support, teachers can lock failing students in Orange Safe Pouch that require them to return to Front Office every single day. Administrators do not have to do anything extra because the students will return the pouch to the Front Office.
Another group of common disciplinary problems is disruptive. Students participate in off-task activities but also prevent others from learning. These behaviors include excessive talking, walking around at inappropriate times, touching others, making disruptive noises, and touching others.
Like disengaged behaviors, these types of behavior are often addressed by teachers when they occur, and they often do not require serious disciplinary consequences. However, some students do not respond to teachers’ redirection strategy such as lower grades, call parents, use proximity, call on students. Often, these result in more serious disciplinary consequences–refer to administrators. Without Safe Pouch, this is the only option that teachers have. As more teachers send their students to administrators, the increasing numbers will overwhelm the administrator. Consequently, administrators just send students back to class on the same day or the next day without any impactful consequences. The same students repeated the same actions and continue to disrupt other students.
Orange Safe Pouch® with Power Lock is a positive and least disruptive disciplinary tool for both teachers and administrators. For example, teachers can lock the phones of disruptive students in Orange Safe Pouch®. Of course, students already have their phones locked in the Blue Pouch already, but students with Orange Safe Pouch® have to return it to Front Office. The impact is the Orange Safe Pouch® become a symbol of positive disciplinary consequence that cause students to think about their behavior. When students return the Orange Safe Pouch®, it gives staff the opportunity to ask the student to fill out a short Reflection Survey Form before Unlock Orange Safe Pouch. Having students write about their actions and reflect on them is an impactful strategy of Restorative Justice.
What specific repeated behaviors that teachers and administrators reduce at their schools?
- Students ditching classes
Redefine Serious Disciplinary Consequences in Fair and Equitable Manner.
Think Outside the Box: Many schools’ disciplinary consequences and procedures limit their administrators to disciplinary tools (e.g., class suspension, school suspension, parent-call, or detention) that often remove students from the learning opportunities. More important, they are not immediate and have little impact on targeted students, who care little about grades. Some may not care about their parent’s involvement. Furthermore, these consequences stigmatize students with negative labels while increasing your school’s overall number of suspensions.
Fortunately, the majority of these students are addicted to their cellphone and social media.
We invented the Orange Safe Pouch® with the Power Lock to empower all administrators with a powerful and positive disciplinary tool that is easy, positive, immediate, and impactful.
Step 1: Daily Implementation with Orange Safe Pouch®.
When teachers send students to the office due to minor disciplinary problems, administrators can lock students’ phones in the Orange Safe Pouch®. Of course, students’ behaviors may not be related to their cellphones. However, these students care about their cellphone. Is like why are you calling students’ parents when the students committed the actions. The Orange Safe Pouch® is a reminder for students to reflect on their behavior throughout the day. Furthermore, it prevents students from engaging on social media to express their feelings, which often leads to fights during or after school. The Orange Safe Pouch® gives students time and quiet space to think about their actions. Note: You administrators will probably come up with a better reason.
How is Orange Safe Pouch fair and equitable?
Fairness: Safe Pouch are implemented schoolwide. The level of severity is the same for all students. Also, it is purely objective and easy to enforce consistently at all time with all students.
Equitable: Most traditional disciplinary actions refer to administrators resulting in administrators removing students from class. Consequently, it removes students from the class, and the students will be more behind. Academically, it is inequitable for these students. At the same time, administrators cannot just send students back to class without any consequences. Well, Orange Safe Pouch® is the immediate and impactful consequence that administrators can enforce easily and consistently without removing students from their learning settings. Likewise, most teachers are satisfied with the consequences of students’ actions are “somewhat” serious.
How does Safer Pouch improve conventional disciplinary consequences?
For most targeted students; suspending them, calling their parents, or assigning detentions to have little impact on their behaviors. With Safe Pouch, administrators can lock students’ phones in the pouch, which students have to carry with them for the entire day. The impact is the bright Orange Safe Pouch® becomes an active reminder of students’ misbehavior throughout the entire school day. If a students’ action is severe such as fighting, drug, or arguments; then Safe Pouch® will be more critical. It prevents students from engaging in a hostile conversation online when they return to school or class.
Another Critical and Impactful Component:
When students are getting in line to have to Unlock their phone Orange Safe Pouch, other students will see it as well. This further enforce the high-expectations at your school. More importantly, school needs to have students fill out a form that ask them the students to reflect on their action. Your form may include essential component below:
Student’s Name: __________ Student’s ID: _________ Today’s Date:______
Reflection: What did you do? What will you do differently next time?
Why? This is extremely important. The Orange Safe Pouch® is more than just locking students’ phones. The most important aspects:
Students physically and personally walk to the front office and write a reflection about their actions. Kinesthetically, students are reminded and reflected on their actions.