Thursday, July 1, 2010

what if time outs aren't working?

Taking some time to sit and think isn't such a bad idea. But often in a large classroom setting it's difficult to give kids the follow up they'll need after they have sat and thought a while. We like to think of time outs more in the way it is implemented with a coach and the team.
When a coach calls a time out everyone stops what they are doing, has a mini break by gathering in a circle and discussing the problem. The coach always give a pep talk and encouragement.
Many problems that arise in a classroom setting are opportunities for teachable moments! Whenever there is a situations that needs problem solving we gather a group in much the same way. Kids love to have input! Situations and problems are not likely to occur again once we have taken the time to discuss and brainstorm it. Next time, try a team approach to time outs and let everyone get back in the game together!


Theresa Milstein said...

That's a great idea. It becomes a teaching tool.

Timeouts have had mixed success from what I've witnessed. Sometimes losing or gaining privileges works better, but it depends on the child and the teacher.

Barbra Stephens said...

I have the same experiences. I don't even know how time outs got so popular....but it is just like you say, it depends on the child and the teacher.