There Is No “I” in Team

I was very fortunate to work, at one time, in a school where team-teaching was done, and done well. My 7th grade team was very tight and we often collaborated on units and discipline. One of the things we did was send students to time out in each other’s rooms. Everyone sent their kids to me. None of the kids wanted to go to my room because my room was always working (not saying that there wasn’t work going on in other rooms, but mine, apparently, was run with an iron fist). This cooperation between teachers made discipline much more effective. We all had the same rules and expectations. If a student got sent to time out, they filled out a reflection sheet. When they were done, they handed it in to the time-out teacher and then went back to their original classroom. If they were disruptive in the time-out room or refused to do the reflection sheet, the teacher would call the office and have them removed from class (we were able to do this because we’d done 2 levels of “in-house” discipline: one in the classroom and one through a change-of-venue). This worked so well that the other teams adopted our reflection sheet and used it among themselves as well. Soon we were all swapping kids as needed, and the administration loved that we were being resourceful and keeping them out of it as much as possible. The reflection sheets took only 5-10 minutes to fill out, but that was enough time for the kids to get their head back on straight and regroup so they could go back to the classroom and be productive. If you’re on a team, consider reflection sheets for time out. If you aren’t fortunate enough to teach at a team-teaching school, make friends with your neighbors. Ask the administration if time-outs to other rooms are permissible (they aren’t at some schools), and if they are, use them. It’s a really great way to give your students some space if they need it and keep you from losing your cool. Plus, it provides you with a record of your disciplinary course.

reflection sheet kit

Reflection Sheet Kit

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