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 author of many education books, including Bestseller Hacking Education, part of his Hack Learning Series, books that solve big problems with simple ideas. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and student-centered learning. Join more than 100,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.
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