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Smart Classroom Management: Why You Shouldn't Send Students Out Of Class For Time-Out

Why You Shouldn’t Send Students Out Of Class For Time-Out

Sending students to a neighboring classroom for time-out is a popular strategy. It’s popular because it’s easy and the consequence feels substantial. The misbehaving student must pick up their things and exit the room. There is a finality to it. It carries the message that the student is no longer part of the class. Walking […]

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Why Your Time-Out May Be A Waste Of Time

Here at SCM we recommend a 15-minute time-out. Even for younger students. This is longer than many teachers are comfortable with. The thinking is that a student in time-out will miss too much participation time. They’ll grow bored and antsy and start misbehaving. Besides, it’s too harsh. But none of this is true. In fact, […]

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Why You Should Never Use Reflection Forms

Why You Should Never Use Reflection Forms

Reflection forms have been around forever. And at first glance, they appear to be a good idea. Dig a little deeper, though, and they tell a different story. The way they work is that when a student is sent to time-out, they’re handed a form to fill out. The form consists of a few questions […]

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How To Handle Students Who Play Around In Time-Out

So you send a student to time-out and almost immediately they start goofing around. They wriggle in their seat. They giggle and make a racket. They stir up their classmates and distract them from their work. Here you enforce a consequence in order to maintain control of your classroom, and things have only gotten worse. […]

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The Purpose Of Time-Out

Teachers who use time-out as a consequence but don’t know the details of how to carry it out are bound for failure. Less obvious, but equally important, is the knowledge of its purpose. You see, it’s the why of time-out—its ethics, benefits, and lessons—that provides the confidence and conviction to carry it out effectively. So […]

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Why Your Students Should Decide When To Leave Time-Out

Most teachers don’t keep their students in time-out long enough. Five to ten minutes seems to be the norm, but to be most effective, your students need to sit and reflect on their misbehavior for at least fifteen minutes. Another common mistake is deciding for them when they’re ready to return to class. In other […]

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What To Do When A Student Refuses To Go To Time-Out

When a student refuses to go to time-out, he (or she) often has a good reason. This doesn’t mean he isn’t responsible for making such a decision. He is—completely and fully. For it’s never okay to defy a teacher’s direction. But in his mind he feels like he must take a stand. In other words, […]

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