Teachers still struggle with rules and consequences

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A version of this was published on The Results Only Learning Blog last summer. Because of it’s popularity, I decided to share it here.

After ASCD In-Service posted my article here, it landed on ASCD’s Facebook page here, where it garnered plenty of commentary. While many teachers are in favor of a progressive, student-centered approach to education, an equal amount seem troubled by this tip for creating a student-centered classroom:  Here are just a few responses from ASCD’s Facebook page:
The problem is that these comments are based on one brief tip in one short blog post. In  my book, Role Reversal, I explain that discipline issues fall prey to a system that focuses on building excellent teacher-student rapport, eliminating boring traditional teaching methods and giving students the kind of autonomy they’ve never seen in school.

This Results Only Learning Environment creates a learning community, where rules and consequences aren’t necessary. So, can you help me elaborate for the teachers who are still troubled by rules and consequences?

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Mark Barnes is the Founder and CEO of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series -- books that provide right-now solutions for teachers and learners. Mark is the author or publisher of dozens of books, including Bestseller Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Join more than 140,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.
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