I’m working on implementing more natural consequences in my classroom. I’m not too great at this. The consequences normally are losing Dojo Points, which is effective for the most part. I think a natural consequence would be more effective, however.
Here are some natural consequences I’ve given out. Side note: I’m new at this so, if it isn’t a true natural consequence, I’m trying my best haha.
A child decided it would be funny to turn off the power strip while two of my kids was on the computer for her math free choice time. (If they finish their assigned work, they get to pick a math center, computers is one of them.) By the time the computers reboot, we were out of time. His consequence, he lost his assigned computer time tomorrow (They spend 15 minutes on the computer during reading to listen to reading). The two children he turned it off on, get to use his computer time to make up their free time missed (there’s always an open computer during reading time).
My classroom is fully flexible seating. I’ll have to blog about that later. My class gets the privilege of choosing their seat every day. They pick a seat that they think will work for them. A few of my friends are having a hard time picking a productive seat. They pick a seat that is by their friend and talk all day, they end up being moved the first 15 minutes of the day. The friends having a hard time picking seats, have lost the privilege of picking their seat. I choose their seat each morning or they don’t move, usually they don’t move. When they are able to make good choices in the seat I choose, they will get to pick their seat again.
That is a few of the natural consequences I have given in my class this week. Do you use natural consequences in your classroom? Do you find them more effective than other consequences?