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Why should I do it?

  • Sets limits, boundaries, and consistent consequences for students and behavior expectations
  • Prevents students from disrupting the class or receiving further attention for the behavior
  • Makes a point to the student that the behavior will not be tolerated
  • Prevents students from controlling the class agenda

When should I do it?

  • Teachers should always try to deal with behavior and other problems and issues in the classroom when possible, however, sometimes, when the behavior is serious enough, an office referral is necessary
  • When a student become self destructive, out of control, violent, or aggressive
  • When a child becomes excessively defiant and oppositional, refusing to follow all directives
  • When a student puts themselves in a dangerous situation
  • When a student appears sick 

How do I do it?

  • Use a calm and neutral tone in a matter-of-fact way
  • Give the student choices and warnings before sending them to the office
  • Call the office to let them know the child is coming and send another adult with the child when possible or have an adult from the office come retrieve the child
  • Send a referral sheet to the office with a detailed description of the behavior