(This is another entry transcribed from an old and forgotten journal that I rediscovered as I was cleaning out my classroom.)
From August 11, 2010:
Too lenient again today, by MTC standards. I think I am going to be more strict but will “refresh” my penalty-count several times in class. I just can’t make one warning last for 104 minutes.[*]
I might be “a real teacher” by the end of next week. Maybe. I don’t know when I will contact parents.
I am more organized now than I have ever been in my life. I have no time because of it, but I trust that it will pay off in the end.
I need Jesus.
* When I started, I was trained to use a “consequence ladder” for behavior infractions. A student would get a “warning,” and then receive “checks” that signified various levels of punishment. This I now regret.