Last block I used choices often. The problem that I kept having was to walk away after giving the student the consequence. I made a goal for myself that this block I would learn to walk away. I have kept to this goal and several times I have been able to give the choice and walk away. IT REALLY WORKS!!! Students end up making the right choice.
Thanks for sharing, Paula! This is one of my favorite tips. :)
I very rarely argue with my students. If they become heated, I know my reaction can possibly make the situation worse. I try to tell myself to remain calm and explain the situation and how it works. I have noticed when I do this, the issue is usually squashed and we move forward.
This is a perfect illustration of the L&L mantra, "I care about you too much to argue with you". Thanks for sharing, Michelle! :)