I had a shocking relief day today – grade 3/4’s. One of them (who was medicated daily because of his behaviour) thought it would be a great idea to steal all the goodies (chips/chocolate/Nutella etc) out of about 10 different lunchboxes – none of which belonged to him, and none of which belonged to anyone in his own class.
After downing about 6 Freddo Frogs, the sugar started to kick in. Defiance, swearing, finger-up-sticking, constant shouting, you name it.
As any respectable teacher would do, I went through all the ‘behavioural policy’ steps that the school suggests you follow if you would like to keep being employed by them (and the Department of Education for that matter) – ie. no slapping them up the chops.
Classroom Behaviour Flowchart:
- Establish a supportive classroom environment by discussing class expectations, obligations, and revisiting students’ rights and responsibilities. – CHECK
- Non-verbal directions (Head shake/gesture/’teacher glare’) – CHECK
- Verbal directions/rule reminders – refer to inappropriate behaviour/praise appropriate behaviour – CHECK
- Time out in class – remove student to desk on his/her own away from other distractions – CHECK
- Green Card – If behaviour is not amended or continues during or after first time out, student is sent to work in another room for a predetermined time. – CHECK
- Red Card – If student does not co-operate with ‘time out’ procedure, is uncontrollable, or is a danger to themselves or others, senior staff are called to remove student from class. CHECK
He was ‘red carded’ before recess, and senior staff had to come and get him out of the room. It was only after this that the food stealing and consumption was brought to my attention. Another staff member and I check his work desk and lo and behold, we found the remains of his stash – a few Freddo wrappers, and a few stolen rubbers. He’d taken the rest of the food with him in his bag when he’d been removed from the room. Little sod.
He was also no better when he was allowed back into my class after lunch.
I hated today. It was arse.