Students who violate the rules must always receive appropriate consequences. There should also be positive consequences or rewards for students who abide by the rules, even for older students. Below are examples of positive and negative consequences. These suggestions apply to a wide range of ages. Some may be better for one age group than another. The consequences found below are in no particular order of priority.

Positive Consequences:

  • “Good News” notes sent to parent
  • Smile-O-Gram for pupil
  • Happy face/rubber stamp/sticker award on a good piece of work
  • “Citizen of the Day” award
  • Pat on shoulder
  • “I’m proud of you!” statement
  • Special “free time” allotment
  • Stars on chart for daily/weekly award
  • “Special Helper of the Day” award
  • Healthful food treat–if allowed
  • Tokens or chips to be traded
  • Time at learning center/computer
  • Row, line, or class leader job
  • Extra “free-choice” time
  • Selection from “Goodie Bag”
  • Lunch with the teacher
  • Extra media center time
  • Assistant to school secretary, librarian, or custodian
  • Visit to principal for special acknowledgement
  • Tutor or assist other students
  • Selector of group activity or project
  • Exchange card for extra points
  • Free homework pass
  • Call to parent(s) with good news

Negative Consequences:

  • Isolation in classroom (time out)
  • Loss of break period
  • Loss of all or part of recess
  • Short detention at lunchtime
  • Isolation in lunch room
  • Detention after school
  • Clean up the mess created
  • Student call to parent at home or work to report misbehavior
  • Isolation in another classroom (by pre-arrangement)
  • Loss of star/demerit on behavior chart
  • Assignment to clean-up tasks–room, building, yard
  • Restriction from programs and special assemblies
  • Loss of center time or/free-choice time
  • Lower conduct grade
  • Seating assignment changed
  • Tape-recording of tantrums; play back for parents
  • Removal of pupil and desk to hallway
  • Student apology to those offended
  • Last in line
  • Request student to repeat rule and to follow rule
  • Notes home to parent(s)
  • Removal to the office
  • In-school suspension
  • Recommendation for suspension
  • Recommendation for alternative school

All consequences should be approved by the principal.

Work with the teachers on your team or in your conference period to find other positive and negative consequences.