Posted by: jockmackenzie | February 22, 2010

Classroom Discipline – Inconsistencies (The Speeder Story)

Thanks to freeclipart for the picture

Sometimes, thankfully not too often, there are far too many bad guys acting out at the same time. Some classes seem to be worse than others – and sometimes it’s the “wave” that sweeps through a school. A troublesome class appears and remains troublesome for their stint in the school. What to do?

Students who are being dealt with for acting out are the very first ones to cry foul when they see peers who were equally guilty but who are not being dealt with. Cries of “Unfair” and “Why me? Why not so-and-so?” ring out.

My response is to tell the Speeder Story. It goes like this:

A speeder has been pulled over by the police for exceeding the speed limit. Clearly, he is guilty and the officer is in the midst of writing out a ticket. A car, traveling far faster than the driver receiving the ticket, zooms past. The driver getting the ticket complains, “Hey, what about him? He’s going twice as fast as I was!”

The policeman smiles and continues writing out the ticket, then says, “I guess today isn’t his turn. You were speeding and I can only do so much at one time. This time it’s your turn to pay for your lawbreaking. Maybe tomorrow I’ll catch the guy who just zoomed past.”

My students get the message. As the saying goes, “You do the crime, you do the time.”


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