Read “WHAT WOULD YOU DECIDE? – Poor Guidance with Soft Limits” and answer the two questions that follow.
Poor Guidance with Soft Limits
Near the end of some seatwork, you give directions to the students to soon be ready for their next large group activity. After a couple of minutes, you see an idle student and you say, “Austin, you are supposed to be getting ready for the next activity. Okay?” Even after you leave Austin’s area, you then notice that he is not moving. But you decide not to go back to him because he might complain about you nagging him.
Questions to ponder and answer:
1. What specific problems with soft limits are illustrated in this example? Explain what is meant by soft limits.
2. If you were the teacher, how specifically might you have used firm limits to better address the situation? Explain what is meant by firm limits.