Behavior Management Cycle
Grand Canyon University
October 15, 2012
Behavior Management Cycle
It is a Tuesday morning and the bell has just rung. Most students are making their way to their classroom lines preparing to be escorted to class. The kindergarten playground that was once buzzing with activity is now quiet with six lines slowly being formed. Ms. M. has moved through the crowd of parents and has found her line. Ms. M. claps her hands three times and pauses. Students are familiar with this routine and begin looking in Ms. M.’s direction. She claps her hands three times again and several students clap three times in return. She then walks along the line ...view middle of the document...
” “One being face forward, two put hands behind your back and three put bubbles in your mouth,” she says. She then raises her hand watching for students to follow her directions. She walks along the line while holding her hand in the air holding up one finger and says “One.” She walks back up the line and holds up two fingers and says “Two.” Finally she stands at the front of the line and says “Three,” while holding up three fingers. She clearly explained her expectation from all students when she raised her hand. She did this in an attempt to prepare the students to walk to their classroom. She immediately notices one of her students having a difficult time with the directions given. Ms. M. utilizes the one minute rule as she gives each direction to her class. This allows time for students to comply and be recognized for their compliance.
Mrs. M. immediately begins to verbally recognize students that have followed her directions by verbally stating what she is observing. She stated “Alan is standing with his hands behind his back.” She then walks towards the back of the line and mentions Parker who is standing next to Dean in line and says “Parker is standing with bubbles in his mouth.” Ms. M. soon makes her way to the front of the line and clearly says “The front of the line is standing with bubbles in their mouths and hands behind their back”. She made several attempts to make eye contact with Dean, the student having difficulty with the instructions. It is clear that he is choosing to not follow the directions given by the teacher even after her attempts to bring attention to other students that have followed the directions. She also used an attempt to make eye contact and used proximity to bring attention to the fact that his behavior was being observed.
Upon finishing her counting she immediately brings her attention to Dean because he continues to not follow the three step directions. She confronts Dean and states very firmly, “Dean, the directions were to face forward, put your hands behind your back and put bubbles in your mouth. You have chosen to get a warning.” Dean does not like getting any type of discipline and screams out “No!” Ms. M. returns to Dean and in a calm voice states, “Dean you need to face forward, put your hands behind your back and...