Beloved Rascals Strategy #5: Three Choices

In class, say something like the following, “Sometimes I may need to take you aside for a chat.  When I do, understand that I’m not angry.  We just have a problem that needs solving.  I’ll give you three choices: Long Talk, Short Talk, or Plan Together.  If you choose Long Talk, I’ll do all the talking and go over the problem again and again.  I love to talk!  If you choose Short Talk, I’ll still do all the talking, but I’ll briefly describe the problem. I hope, however, that you choose Plan Together.  We’ll both chat and work out a way, together, to solve the problem.” 


1.  Long Talk:  Teacher does all the talking, at length, about the problem.

2.  Short Talk:  Teacher does all the talking, briefly, about the problem.

3.  Plan Together:  Teacher and student plan together to solve the problem.


The last thing you want in a one on one discussion is Scolding and Denial.  Giving Beloved Rascals choices reduces the likelihood of a quarrel.

Below is a selection of 10 of our most successful techniques to help your Beloved Rascals achieve in the classroom.  Click on each technique to learn more. 


Stay with each strategy for about a month before adding a new one.  Challenging Kids would not be a problem if they were Quick Fixes.

  1. Open the Door

  2. Rule Call Out

  3. Recess Squad

  4. Super Improver Star Cards

  5. Three Choices

  6. Brief Rule Practice

  7. Practice Cards

  8. Volunteer Guardian

  9. The Bulls Eye Game

  10. The Agreement Bridge