Constitution Revisited

We spent our morning meetings these days discussing the Constitution, clarifying certain points, and rewording the document.  An area that got a lot of attention was consequences.  The students voiced that they wanted individual consequences this year (in contrast to years past when the whole class would be ‘punished’ for the actions/behaviors of a few). We also clarified that the difference between a punishment and a consequence is that you are told what a consequence will be if a behavior continues, whereas a punishment is given after a behavior without prior knowledge. This puts the student in the position (with the power) to choose their behavior while knowing the consequence (s).