Academic Culture

TOAST

TOAST is an acronym that stands for "Time Owed After School Today." It's a very simple and non-punitive consequence that we implement for students who don't follow the rules: 1) Respect all people, property, and ideas; 2) Follow directions the first time; 3) Be prepared. I make it very clear at the beginning of the year that TOAST does not mean I'm mad at you or that you're a bad person; however, there are consequences for your actions that are not consistent with our community expectations. Paying with time and doing some community service or making a plan to change student actions have been effective ways to turn negative student behavior into a positive. 

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Teacher In Action
 
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
This is the slide from my Town Hall presentation that explains what TOAST is all about.
 
Teacher In Action
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
This is the slide from my Town Hall presentation that explains what TOAST is all about.
Aaron Kaswell
Middle School 88 Peter Rouget
Brooklyn, NY


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Seventh grade
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