A Framework to Understanding Poverty by Ruby K. Payne, Ph. D.
Chapter 7 - Discipline
To best understand this chapter, it is important to read it for yourself. It is very eye opening. Parents in poverty do not view discipline the same way as people in the middle class. The chapter talks about different behaviors students from poverty exhibit and why and how the middle class misinterprets these behaviors. Payne also talks about the different communication voices teachers and students can use, and teachers often offend students and back them into corners with the town and wording of statements.
Payne suggests a behavior reflection sheet for students to fill out after poor behavior. On this sheet they must identify other actions they could have taken instead of the one that got them in trouble. Do you use any methods like this? Have you seen improvements? What do you think is helpful about this?
Has anyone used a metaphor story to help figure out why a student is using a certain behavior?