The Choice: Time-Out Or Time-In – Teacher’s Corner


Teacher’s Corner
Two different discipline strategies can be useful in the classroom: Time-Out and Time-In. 

Time-Out

The best use of Time-Out is to allow both students and teachers time to calm down.  When students are given Time-Out, they often are told to think about what they have done.  However, Time-Out is not that useful for helping students figure out how to do things better. They can be too young or upset at that moment.  And, they are alone without adult guidance about what they did wrong and how to correct their behavior.

Time-In

The best use of Time-In is to help students learn how to behave better. During Time-In teachers can give students one-on-one attention. They can explain what students should not do, why they should not do it, and what they should do instead. This is truly “think” time. It is a chance for students to figure things out. For more information about Time-In take a look at the book, TIME-IN by Jean Illsley Clarke and Cary Pillo.

The following are writing prompts and discussion topics you can use with your students to think about discipline strategies.
 
  1.  Read The Choice: Time-Out Or Time-In

    2.  Imagine that an adult asks you about “Time-Out.”

         What is your idea about what “Time-Out” is?

        Do you think Time-Out is useful? If yes, useful for what? If no, why not?

   3.  Imagine that an adult asks you about a new thing called, “Time-In.”
 
        What is your idea about what “Time-In” is?
 
        Do you think Time-In would be useful? If yes, useful for what? If no, why not?
Teachers, you can use this blog in classrooms. Here are two ideas about how.
  1. For middle or high school parenting or child development courses:
    • Use the blog for discussion topics
    • Require students to research the topics and agree or disagree with what the blog is suggesting.
  2. For all courses, especially English Language Arts:
  • Use the blog for writing prompts for paragraphs, theme papers, journal entries, class starters, etc. Have students read the blog and respond to:
  • Do you agree with what is being said about kids? Do kids really act, think or feel that way?
  • Do you agree with what is being said about parents, grandparents, teachers and child caregivers? Do or should they act, think or feel that way?
  • What would be your advice on this topic?
  • What was left out of this article?
  • If you were a parent, would you use any of this information? How?
Why can this blog be a useful teaching tool?
  • Students that see connections between their coursework and their lives do better in school.
  • Most students will either be parents one day or have children in their lives that they care about, so the topical information can help them build their knowledge about children and parenting and develop a positive image of the type of parenting they want to do.
  • The new core literacy standards adopted by most states call for frequent writing in all courses.
  • Newly developed end-of-course assessments to be used by many states will require that students demonstrate that they can think critically. These prompts help students practice critical thinking.
  • Newly developed end-of-course assessments to be used by many states will require that students demonstrate that they can analyze what they read. These prompts help students practice analysis.

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