The day the school kitchen ran out of hot lunch and more than half my class had cold cereal two meals in a row, there was a mutiny in my classroom. I didn’t handle it very well.
The next day I implemented “Privileges”– activities one could earn with good behavior. I wanted to focus on the positive and wanted my class to focus on it too. That was fourteen years ago.
Since then the word privileges has changed meaning. Privilege is now something that you have that others do not. It may or may not be earned.
I introduce the words rights, responsibilities, and privileges, and the beginning of the year to set the stage for what I expect of my students and what they can expect from me.