FACT: GIVING WARNINGS WITHOUT CONSEQUENCES IS LAZY, AND ONE OF THE WORST MISTAKES THAT TEACHERS(AND PARENTS) MAKE.
The practice of giving multiple warnings without consequences is one of the biggest mistakes that teachers (and parents) make when it comes to discipline.
1) If students know that they can misbehave to a certain degree without receiving consequences then they will often push to see what they can get away with.
2) Teachers will struggle to be consistent with discipline if they get in the habit of giving multiple warnings.
3) Teachers lose respect from their students when they give warnings and do not back them up with consequences that they said they would give.
4) Teachers lose confidence in themselves when students do not behave when they have an inconsistent discipline plan.
The best strategy for teachers is to give consequences starting with the first warning. Even if the consequence is something as simple as a name on the board or in a book, the process of consequences for misbehaviors has begun. As student misbehaviors continue, the severity of the consequences should then increase. The idea is not to scare the students into behaving, but to let them know that there will be consequences for their actions.
The idea is the same for parents. When they are constantly giving warnings to their children without doing anything about it, their children know that they do not have to really pay attention to the warnings. The key for teachers and parents is to make sure that they come up with consequences that reasonably match the severity of the misbehaviors.
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