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Behaviour at home

Supporting Responsible Thinking at home

We encourage parents to utilise the responsible thinking process at home whilst their children are studying, working online or even in the holidays when they are resolving conflicts in their lives. Parents can access the RTP questions and the college rules (which make great family rules) on the school website. Here you will find a flow chart showing how to work through the RTP questions and how you can tell that your student has made the decision it is time for them to complete a plan.

Typical RTP plans are available for prep students through to secondary students by accessing the How RTP Works link.

The Responsible Thinking Process works when we are able to give those students, who are disruptive, the opportunity for self-reflection in a non-controlling and supportive environment. When a student disrupts the teacher will ask them to reflect on their behaviour using a series of RTP questions. The student then has the opportunity to decide how they will behave for the remainder of the lesson. If the disruptive behaviour continues to occur, the student is given the opportunity for deeper self-reflection.

The student does this in what’s known as the Responsible Thinking Classroom, or RTC. Whilst in the RTC the child will spend time with an RTP facilitator who will listen to them patiently, without making judgment, and help the student to develop ways of achieving their goals and get along with others by thinking responsibly and following the class rules, without violating the rights of others to learn.

Please contact us if you wish for them to discuss your child’s plan with them before they return to their school work.

The student works through a RTP plan and makes his or her own suggestions on how they can achieve these goals. The student then talks this plan through with the teacher/parent and negotiates a time when they, the student, can return back to the classroom. The teacher/parent can make suggestions to the student to enable him or her to fulfill their plan. A plan is never ignored or refused and is taken as a sincere commitment by the student.

The key component of this classroom discipline process is its focus on how students can achieve their goals without getting in the way of others who are trying to do the same thing. In short, it teaches students how to respect others.

Top Tips to successful plan writing and application

  1. The student’s perception and the teacher/parent perception should never be the same. They are two different people and it is appropriate that they would each view a situation and the motives behind the situation differently. Eg. Student- I was talking to my friend vs Teacher/Parent – I was being distracting to the class by talking.
  2. Students must use ‘I will’ statements. Any time the word ‘not’ is used, the statement is required to be rewritten to reflect an I will. Eg. I will be quiet rather than I will not talk. The student cognitively connects to the last word, quiet. Try this trick out at home.
  3. Students must use observable behaviours. Eg. I will sit on my chair rather than I will think about the consequences. We often say to students ‘if we were walking past the classroom what would we see’, we cannot see thinking or remembering, their ideas need to be tangible.

For additional information about how to apply RTP effectively: