In my responsive classroom, I use logical consequences as means of responding to misbehavior. Picture this- you have a student who is constantly rolling around on the carpet, and his consequence is to do 5 laps at recess. When he comes back in from recess, my guess is he still has trouble in this area. Did his punishment really relate to his infraction? What if at recess, he had to practice sitting criss cross applesauce next to you for 5 minutes until he could go play. He might actually understand what he has to do to fix the issue so that he doesn't get in trouble again. Another example- a girl keeps throwing your books back into the bin. Instead of laps, she will simply lose the privilege to look at the books for the afternoon. This idea of "logical consequences" works really well in my room. There are 3 different types:
1. You break it, you fix it- whether accidentally or intentionally, those responsible for causing the problem take responsibility for fixing it.
2. Loss of Privilege- the child will miss out on participating or using certain class materials if he or she cannot use them appropriately.
3. Take a Break/Time Out-when a child needs a means of recovering self control or calming down
As a class we worked together to come up with what would make sense as a consequence for each action; it is so important that your students have buy in and understand where the logic comes from. This powerpoint is 100% editable so that you can do the same! I refer to these posters daily and they have transformed my class management system.