It seems like every day there is an endless stream of students reporting behaviors or incidents that happen in the classroom. On one hand, we want to help our students feel heard and validated so they know we are a safe person for them to talk to. On the other hand, we certainly don't want to feed into the tattle machine. It's a fine line to walk. So how do we handle tattling in our classrooms?
One of the best ways to teach our students to accept responsibility for their mistakes and behavior is to use logical consequences, instead of punishment. Logical consequences are intended to teach students the hows and whys of good decisions, rather than making them sorry for making a bad choice.
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Most teachers are not big believers in using extrinsic rewards inside the classroom. The end goal as a teacher is to create self-motivated learners who are productive members of society. Using extrinsic rewards seem to work against what is trying to be accomplished. However, using the same tactics over and over again expecting different results will not work for anyone involved.