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Posted on February 22, 2015 1:21 am
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uLuqup
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Walking in a Line
Ms. Blanchard's 5th grade class is fairly well-behaved. They adhere to most classroom rules and can be managed pretty well in the classroom using a clip chart. However, in the halls it is a totally different story. The students feel that since they are 5th graders, and see other 5th grade classes not having to walk in a line, they shouldn't have to either. Ms. Blanchard has tried a reward system, threatening to clip students down, etc. But, it seems as if the entire class is always misbehaving so she just doesn't know what to do. Other teachers, especially primary grade teachers who have students looking to 5th grade as an example, are beginning to make comments. What can be done?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted February 23, 2015 4:33 am

HeraPy
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I would try setting up a reward system for compliments the class receives in the hall. For every 5 compliments the class receives from other faculty members, they get an ice-cream or popsicle party (or anything they choose and is manageable). Try and get other teachers involved with what you are doing so they can be sure to make the compliments and play along, especially the teachers that have been making the negative comments.
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Candice Greene
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I think this is a great suggestion because it will show the students that other people and younger students are noticing their behavior.
  Posted on: February 27, 2015 6:52 pm

Jenna Herberson
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My CT does this and it is a great motivator.
  Posted on: February 25, 2018 8:06 am

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Solution 2
Posted February 22, 2015 1:52 am

aHemaV
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I feel that part of this problem is that when you threaten to move a student's clip down, it is not the same as actually moving the clip down. Threats and warnings can sometimes feel disconnected from the actual punishment, especially when they cannot physically see that they are getting in trouble. I feel that perhaps the punishment could have occasionally been forgotten by the time the students are back in class. Perhaps while they are walking, have a clipboard and write down names of students misbehaving. Once the class returns, move the clips down in front of the whole class and explain why you are to show that you were taking note of the misbehavior and showing that they will not be able to get away with it.
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Solution 3
Posted February 22, 2015 7:53 pm

abypaN
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I do not believe in punishing the whole class for misbehaviors of other students. So I would carry a name chart with me and if I call the student's name to correct their behavior then I will mark it on the chart. When we get to our destination, say it is P.E., I would have a collaboration of teachers who, if I give them a lists of the students' name who did not act correctly, then their privileges would be taken away from them in their next class, such as sitting out 5 minutes of play time at P.E. or last in the lunch line. There has to be consequences and all of the student's teachers can work together to make sure that the message is being enforced.
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Candice Greene
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This is a good suggestion, but in this class it seems like the class as a whole is misbehaving.
  Posted on: February 27, 2015 6:53 pm

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Solution 4
Posted February 22, 2015 10:25 pm

Luvyba
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If the students cannot walk in the hallway and follow rules, they should only be allowed in the hallway if absolutely necessary. For example, since the students cannot walk in the hallway correctly, they will not be allowed to walk to recess, so instead you could have quiet reading time in your class. Or, if possible you could have quiet lunch in your room as students enjoy socializing during lunch time, now they will not be allowed. I would also try talking to the students, praising them for being so well behaved in the classroom. Then, tell them it is a shame that only the teacher gets to see it, instead everyone should be able to notice how good they are and how great examples they are in and out of the classroom. This may catch their attention, by praising the good behavior, they may be more likely to repeat it.
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Solution 5
Posted February 23, 2015 12:44 am

TeQaqe
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What I have personally seen done for lack of fallowing hallway rules is loss of privileges for the entire class, such as the loss of recess. Instead, have them "practice" walking in a hallway during their recess time, back and forth for the 15 or so minutes they would otherwise be playing. I've seen it used and it curbs the behavior pretty quickly.
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Solution 6
Posted February 22, 2015 2:29 pm

aPuhyj
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Ms. Blanchard's students need to understand that the hallways are an extension of her classroom. This is the place where people (outside of the classroom) can observe their behavior. Perhaps she can approach it by letting them know that the principal and other staff could use their help, and they have a job to do. Explain what the requirements of the job is, and how it impacts all of the younger students in the school. Ask them if they think they can handle the responsibility. In my experience, 5th graders are told what to do, and yelled at more often than not, and they are likely just trying to exercise some control. Present it to them in a way that gives them some of the control back.
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Solution 7
Posted March 15, 2015 3:24 pm

eRuPeT
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I had this issue with my 6th graders. I have them assigned places in line (ABC order, or whatever works best for you). This way you can see what part of the line is having trouble and you can pinpoint it to students. We also did not have break for a few days so we could practice getting in line and walking up and down the hallway. We even went down to the kindergarten hallway and there was a kindergarten class lining up and they were pros. This really sent a shock wave to my students and it is not a problem now. It is a ridiculous problem for 6th graders to have, so I fixed it with a ridiculous solution. Good luck! I know the frustration.
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Solution 8
Posted October 3, 2017 1:00 am

uzebyn
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I think giving each student a job of watching the person in front of them and leading the person behind them could help them with direction and ownership of the responsible line. Sometimes a specific title for everyone is needed. A name, number or letter could also be used and they could say the numbers or letters while walking quietly to spell words each day.
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Solution 9
Posted February 26, 2015 5:03 pm

yGyPaZ
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What I would do in this situation is take something that they enjoy during the day away from them. If you have computer time, instead of computer time have the students read or write sentences. Also keep a name of the students to yourself on exactly who is not walking in a line and talk to parents.
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