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Logical Consequences

Logical Consequences

Why should I do it:

  • Provides powerful instances to teach alternative behaviors and expectations
  • Leaves the student with a feeling of control
  • Uses thinking words
  • Provides choices within firm limits
  • Are tied to the time and place of the infraction
  • Are similar to what would happen to an adult in a comparable situation
  • Are never used to get revenge
  • Teaches students to take responsibility for their choices
  • It teaches that when an action occurs, a consequence follows
  • It takes the pressure off you doing all the work

When should I do it:

  • There are numerous reasons and times you may use logical consequences, for example:
    • When a child is disruptive during teaching time
    • When a student doesn’t finish work
    • When a student picks on another student
    • When a student cuts in line
    • When a student talks out of turn
    • When student breaks any sort of rule
    • Etc…

How do I do it:

  • First, be calm and be empathetic to student (without being condescending): “This is sad for you…
  • Second, state the crime: “Due to you not doing your work while we were doing it together…
  • Third, provide consequence “You will be finishing it during recess” (consequence should be reasonable, matching the severity of the offense or behavior)
  • Walk away. Don’t engage in a conversation about it.
  • DO NOT GIVE WARNINGS. Provide a consequence upon first negative behavior
  • Other behaviors and consequences:
    • Name calling = say something nice to that person
    • Spills something = cleans it up themselves
    • Disruptive during lunch = eats lunch by self
    • Steals something = replace it directly to the person with apology
    • Cheat on test = get failing grade

Resources & Support for technique:
(Items with footnotes link to external websites)


  1. Love and Logic. []
  2. University of Kansas. Natural and Logical Consequences[]