Marvin Marshall, who writes on positive classroom management strategies and who I have quoted often here, just wrote something in his monthly newsletter that struck me.
I’ve known that when there’s a behavior issue in class asking the student, “Why?” never is helpful. Now Marvin has a better suggestion. Instead, ask the student, “”What do you think we should do now?”
Makes sense to me.
Readers might also be interested in a series of posts I wrote earlier this year about classroom management:
Maintaining A “Good” Class — April, 2008
More About Maintaining a “Good” Class — May, 2008
“Why Do You Let Others Control You?” — September, 2008