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Posted on March 14, 2015 1:52 am
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What do you do when you feel that you are not getting the support you need from administration when it comes to discipline issues?
 
     
     
 
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Posted March 15, 2015 4:17 pm

QeRary
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I have had a similar experience and had to get the parent involved to try and reach the student. We set behavior goals for him to reach. Every time he did something positive, he earned a Classroom Dojo point. When he missteped and caused a distraction, he had a point taken away. I use this system for the whole class, but this student has a special goal he is working for, and it is a very effective behavior managment system. At the end of the week, if he makes his goal, he can choose a treat ( eraser, pencil, paper, or pen) , homework pass,or popcorn pass. My team follows the same procedures. It is frustrating not to have support from an admin. Luckily my team has the same concerns so it is not just me dealing with issue alone.
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Solution 2
Posted March 14, 2015 2:08 am

yQadyH
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Have you started the RTI process on the child? This could possibly help you to get him/her some additional support from other teachers at the school.
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Solution 3
Posted March 14, 2015 3:16 am

genusa
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Maybe consider going to the counselor on campus and asking if there is a history of behavior issues for the child you are working with. We should have access to student files if they are kept confidential and there is often something of value (home situations, attendance issues) that could be of support to getting administration to give a little more attention to the issue(s) you need their support on. In addition to that, see if there is some other staff (coaches, other teachers) that can give insight into what behavior or motivation strategies might work with a child in particular.
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Solution 4
Posted March 16, 2015 2:35 am

uLubet
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I would first of all start out the year with rules in line to make sure students are aware of how discipline is important in the classroom for achievement. I will have had the students sign a syllabus with the consequences noted. I would make sure my feeling is correct about administration not supporting me. I would find out from other teachers if they are having similar problems. If so, follow up with them about the need to address this in a faculty meeting. It could be that the actual person to deal with the issue is not handling his/her job. There may be a need for this to be brought out so that others in administration or seasoned teachers can give ideas to the assistant principal or appointed person over discipline.
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Solution 5
Posted March 14, 2015 1:01 pm

aGudyS
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It is incredibly frustrating when you do not have administrative support in your classroom. If you are not getting the administrative support, my first suggestion is to go to your administrator and discuss the impact of the students behavior on his/her learning and the learning of others. Then, depending on the students intellectual level, there are several different strategies. If a student is in a special education classroom, you could reach out to your special education leads/administrators. They could possibly get you and the student the support of a behavior interventionist. If the student is in general education, I would talk with the student and discuss what strategies might work to help him/her become more engaged in class and reduce the inappropriate or negative behaviors. Maybe the student would work to gain incentives like computer time or ice cream at lunch, etc.
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Solution 6
Posted March 14, 2015 6:19 pm

PejuQe
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It is most definitely frustrating not getting the support needed, especially from administration. I would talk to the student's previous teachers to see if there has been a history of the behavior. I would keep documentation of the interventions that I have tried with the student as well. I would also be adamant about making administration aware of the issue and let them know every time an issue arose.
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Solution 7
Posted March 14, 2015 9:11 pm

Xunezu
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Establish some sort of data system whereby you track the amount and type of discipline problems in your classroom. This system could include individual behavior plans for each student who is a frequent discipline issue, as well as a whole-class look at the number of issues you are having on a daily basis. It could also include information about the consequences that you have provided within the classroom as well as the contacts you have made with parents about the issues. Schedule a meeting to share that data with your administrators, who will then understand what you are going through and hopefully provide more support. I don't know of an administrator who could deny data that shows that instructional time is being compromised due to the behavior of students in the classroom.
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Solution 8
Posted March 14, 2015 10:35 pm

Katrina Hammonds
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If your admin team has created discipline procedures for teachers to follow, your team can create a system for addressing student behaviors that are aligned with those procedures, which will justify that you have done everything within your means to assist the student.

My admin team created a six step process that we must go through before writing a referral. If the six step process is not followed, then they kick the referral back to us. It can be frustrating, however, it does cover all angles of the discipline process, and it leaves noting to be questioned by parents or district officials. What my team and I decided to do was create a system showed our efforts in working with the student, communicating with the parent, and doing all that we could do to help the student manage their behavior. Below is our system:

First Offense - Student-teacher conference and parent phone call.
Second Offense - Silent Lunch and parent phone call
Third Offense - Parent-teacher conference and silent lunch.
Fourth Offense - Counselor referral.
Fifth Offense - Detention and parent phone call.
Sixth Offense - In-team suspension and parent phone call. At this step, the parent is notified that the student will receive a discipline referral the next time he/she has a behaviorally problem.

Using this system, we have gained much support from our admin team.
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Solution 9
Posted March 15, 2015 12:15 am

eXeNum
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If an administrative is not being supportive in regards to discipline issues, it is best to find ways to handle the behavior in your own classroom. It may be beneficial to contact parents and describe the behavior and the consequences of it. It may also be necessary to assign teacher detentions if that is part of the school's discipline policy. If an administrator is not supportive, it is best to come up with your own discipline policies as long as they don't conflict with the school or county's policies. However, if the behavior could put someone in harm's way, it may be necessary to contact your administrator's superior to ensure the safety of everyone in the school.
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Solution 10
Posted October 4, 2015 10:45 pm

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Tell them of your concerns
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