I am currently looking at which school in Brisbane to enrol my daughter in Prep in 2015 (she will be 4 turning 5). One school uses a “responsible thinking room” in primary school and their behaviour management plan includes a form that can be filled out (with drawings) by children in prep to year 2 identifying their behaviour. Does anyone have experience with this technique? I am interested in hearing whether people have had positive or negative experiences of this technique and whether they think it is an appropriate tool for early primary school.

I am really nervous about what this technique means for early education.



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  • Personally I would go up to the school and request a conversation about this with the staff. Do you know of parents with children at this school ? ask around about their experiences with this. Still, different people have different thoughts about this. Talk about it with your husband/partner. You just have to make up your own mind.

  • No, I haven’t heard of this new technique. Identifying behaviour with pictures would be hard as pictures can be open to interpretation, especially by ones this young

  • I would also ask the school if thats the only method they use, My son attends a school in vic and they use a green, orange , red card method. the kids are always starting the day on a green card and this only changes if they do something wrong and dont change the behaviour after a warning. My son is so proud of the fact he has never been off a green card at school. But he did get angry at his friend when he always got a red card and went to see the principle. I had to get my son help so he could see its not up to him to worry about his friend. We also had him put in a different class to hs friend the next year. But my son pshycologist did suggest for my son to draw pictures at home for his behaviour at home to see how he should of solved the problem without getting so angry. Its a way of been on the kids level and problem solving for themselves of what they can do next time instead of playing up. It also helped my son explain to us why he got angry and how to do it differently next time as after he drew the picture, we sat down with him and asked him to explain they story he drew to us.

  • A lot of preppies won’t know what they did wrong or what the right thing is so it would be a waste of time. I help out in prep and the kids who do something wrong are told what was wrong and then told what the right thing is. The whole class is reminded about good behaviour and are given examples to follow. If the bad behaviour continues then the teacher looks at strategies to deal with it.

  • Yes, I’ve heard of this, a number of Qld schools use it, there’s a whole website devoted to it and schools work towards getting accredited.
    What do I think? It’s a load of rubbish, apparently when a child does something wrong and you ask them why they did what they did – that is the wrong thing to do because you’re only giving them the option to make up an excuse and according to the RTP this method has been proved not to work lol!! There’s a lot more to this Responsible Thinking Process, funny thing is the way my generation was disciplined actually did work, we had respect for teachers, parents and adults in general – not so today.

    In the end it’s up to you to decide if you want to enrol your child in a school that uses this method to manage bad behaviour, there are really no consequences for their actions using the RTP – it’s over to you.

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