Classroom Management Project

Questions & Research:

Overview: (From the Love and Logic website)
- a philosophy of raising and teaching children
- Love allows children to grow through their mistakes. Logic allows children to live with the consequences of their choices
-creating a higher standard of behavior
-Delivery is important
- provide acceptable choices for the student to choose from
-arguing with a student in the middle of the class is just a distraction for the rest of the class.

- Love and Logic helps educators, administrators, and counselors:
  • Raise responsible kids
  • Have more energy at the end of the day
  • Easily and immediately (first use) change students' behavior

  • Set limits in the classroom without anger
  • Provide underachievers hope and willingness when the going gets tough
  • Raise the odds for kids to stay in school
  • Build strong connections between home and school
  • Improve attendance
  • Manage disruptive students
  • Make teaching and learning more fun and productive
  • Immediately handle disruptive students
  • Get and keep students' attention
  • Build positive student-teacher relationships
  • Help students own and solve their own problems
  • Bully proof children, diffuse power struggles, and handle difficult people

It works because:
  • When adults take care of themselves, they hand the problem back to the student who created it.
  • When the student has to solve the problem, they have to think.
  • When students have to think, they learn that decisions have consequences.
  • When students have to deal with consequences, they learn to think.
  • When we allow the student to deal with the consequences, they learn to think before they cause a problem.
  • When the student learns to ask themselves, "How is my behavior going to affect me?" they have learned self control.

Classroom Rules:
I will treat you with respect, so you will know how to treat me
Feel free to do anything that doesn't cause a problem for anyone else
If you cause a problem, I will ask you to solve it
If you can't solve the problem, or choose not to, I will do something
What I do, will depend on the special person, and the special situation
If you feel something is unfair, whisper to me, "I'm not sure that's fair," and we will talk

How to handle discipline:
- Don't react right away while you're still angry
- Delaying a consequence rather than providing an immediate one can bring more satisfactory results
- Using empathy with consequences
-How and when you say things to students
- the absence of adult anger causes children to think and learn from their mistakes, helps them accept responsibility for their behavior, and decreases the "it's not my fault" attitude
- maintaining a positive relationship with your students

Examples of a Love and Logic response:

"That language is unacceptable in my room. I will have to do something about it, but I am not sure what I will do. Right now I am busy teaching so I will let you know tomorrow." They contend that saying, "Don't worry about it," can have the opposite effect on the student.

"I'll be happy to listen to you when your voice sounds like mine"

"On a scale of 1-10 how great was that decision for you?"

"Try not to worry about it too much"--a consequence in itself for the student

"Will you try that just for me?"

-Don't use negative words, use more positive phrases

Ineffective Technique
Love and Logic Technique

Please sit down. I'm going to start now.
I'll begin as soon as you are seated.
Please be quiet. It's time to begin.
I'll be glad to start as soon as you show me that you are ready.
Open your books to page 54.
I'll be working from page 54.
I'm not going to line you up until everyone is quiet.
I'll be lining people up as soon as it is quiet.
Don't sharpen your pencil while I'm talking.
I allow people to sharpen pencils when I am not giving directions.
You can't go to the restroom until I finish the directions.
Feel free to go to the restroom when I'm not giving directions.
Don't be bothering your neighbors.
You are welcome to stay with us as long as you and others are not being bothered.

Classroom Set-up
- an area for the child to go when misbehaving---giving the child the option to either fix their misbehavior or go to the 'time-out' area

training Infomation
- courses to take
- facilitators trained to teach staff
- books and cds for purchase
- information on website

Alyssa Roehl:
You are teaching a new math lesson to your class. After some practice you decide to do a problem together as a class. Billy continues to talk out of turn and is shouting out the answers. What would a love and logic teacher do/say in this situation?

Danielle Goebbert:
A student manages to get most of his work done, but in the process he is constantly disruptive. He teases the girls sitting around him, keeping them constantly laughing and competing for his attention. He makes wisecracks in response to almost anything you say. When confronted, he grins charmingly and responds with exaggerated courtesy, leading you to feel as if the student is patronizing you. However, his antics delight the rest of the class. What will you do to curb such behavior?

Lacee Slaven
It is the end of recess in Mrs. Crocker's first grade classroom. As the students start to clean up Johnny continues to play with his legos and ignores your instructions. The class is now starting the math lesson and Johnny is still playing with his toys. How would you approach this situation using the love and logic strategy?

Timmy is continually humming and making noises while you teach. This is distracting you and your students. You have already move Timmy's seat closer to you but he continues to make noise. How would you deal with this situation using love and logic?


Fay, J., Fay, C., & Cline, F. W. (2011). Love & logic. Retrieved from
Fay, J., & Funk, D. (2010). Teaching love & logic: Taking control of the classroom. Love and Logic.