Anthony talked about his use of classcraft and how one student gave XP to the whole class. Anthony had to take away these points the next day and took away extra for the cheating. The class was able to write a note to this student (who was absent that day) about how they felt and if they forgave them. The cool thing is they all ended with forgiveness. They were mad but they were able to process through it and realized that we all make mistakes. Another teacher at my school has had this problem as well. But usually these students only give themselves points. When this happens we reset them to "0." I thought this was a good punishment but there is no processing. I like what Anthony did and feel that this might be something to share with my colleague. Anthony also talked about students saying "I don't care." I have had this problem as well and didn't think about how our language might be able to change this. It is something to consider. I know sometimes I am not positive. I try to be, but sometimes I just get worn down. I think I need to have a shift in the way I think and need to make a habit out of using some of this new language.
Genevieve also reminded me that “whatever language you choose in your classroom or school, should stay consistent.” I really need to look at this for my classroom, but just don't have the time at the moment. What is common in my classroom is the grade, and this is what students are working for. However I have changed my philosophy on late work and corrections. I am allowing students to do much of their work whenever they have time and allowing corrections so that they can get a better score. Students are now working harder on their assignments. But they are still focused on the grade. So they are almost to the process, maybe this is an in-between step until I have time to focus on what type of language to adopt.