I usually have students write some sort of letter after they do something stupid. They hate it which is exactly why I do it. Are they really sorry? Will they learn from this and making better choices? Not anytime soon, most likely. They know what they're supposed to write, so they write it - usually as if they have never learned how to construct a paragraph (or a sentence for that matter) - in their entire lives.
Preface: Field Day. One station was set up as more of a rest area where students may have ONE snow cone. Their hands were marked so the teachers serving the cones knew whether or not they had already had one. Of course, some boys, thought it would be funny to take more. By doing so, they left less snow cones for the primary grades who were partaking in field day in the afternoon.
Dear, Mr. Graybill
Today during field day I took 2 snow cones and I was only (supposed to) take 1. So that means maybe some little kid might not get one snow cone. Now I know how bad it is just to take one extra snow cone. I sould be honest and more muture and only get one next time. So today I learned that even if I only get one extra snow cone I could ruin some kids chance to get a snow cone and have a fun field day like the big kids did so the next field day I will be honest and mature so everyone can have a great time at field day. (There's almost 60 words in that sentence.) So to do that I will need to grow up and not take any extra snow cones so that the little kid that did not get a snow cone can get a snow cone that feild day and have a great time that year and the next year. -M