Procedure for Groups to Create a Code of Conduct - Using A Principled Approach

Adapted by Sharer and Sweetland from Love & Logic by Fay and Funk


Discipline is more thorough and consistent when it is built on a set of core beliefs, which are turned into principles, that take into consideration the social needs of students and the contents of the students’ Quality Worlds.

All participants must believe in and use these principles when making classroom decisions. Core beliefs are based on helping students develop their internalized sense of control, rather than trying to control students with rewards and punishments. The emphasis is on a an ethical core, not a rules-based system. “Consistency comes, not from trying to force everybody to do the same thing at the same time - but by living by a set of core beliefs.” Jim Fay and David Funk. Teaching with Love and Logic.

Creating A Code of Conduct Based on Core Beliefs

Step One:

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Step Four:

Core Beliefs:

Step Five:

List six to ten of the most common misbehaviors that are dealt with on a daily basis.

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Step Seven:

Identify current interventions, which are compatible and effective in helping students choose and use mastery oriented behaviors. These should be kept and others which are not compatible or not effective, should be eliminated or changed.

Identify different mastery oriented behaviours, which are consistent with the four core beliefs and students can use successfully.

Step Eight:

Select a behavior and describe its performance at an acceptable outcome level.

Describe what student behaviors Look Like, Sound Like, and Feel Like.

Step Nine:

Using the acceptable outcome levels consider how to perform acceptable behaviors and reduce their use of unacceptable behaviors. Describe in detail a procedure to successfully select, innitiate, and perform the behaviors.

Step Ten:

Describe three types of consequences for behaviors related to each code if it is not followed.

Step Eleven:

Write step by step detailed learning sequences to use to help students learn appropriate behaviors for the codes.

Outcomes of this Process:

The main outcome of this process is to use intervention strategies that focus on developing an internalized sense of responsibility in the students with whom we work. To use interventions that are instructive so as to develop students' ability to choose and use mastery oriented behaviors with a sense of responsibility and a feeling of shared control.

Worksheet - Short form (five step) to teach behaviors related to core beliefs


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