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FC: Mission Handbook: Norms and Deviant Behavior at Southeast | Principal Abby Herman

1: Table of Contents: | Pg 2: Chapter 1: Identifying Norms Pg 4: Chapter 2: Identifying Deviance Pg 6: Chapter 3: Re-socialization | 1

2: 2 | Chapter 1: Identifying Norms

3: 3 | 1. The student will be expected to attempt to complete all assignments to the best of their ability. 2. The student will be expected to participate in class activities and ask questions if they do not understand an assignment. 3. The student will be expected to respect the teacher by listening and not interrupting while the teacher is talking. 4. The student will be expected to come to class prepared every day with a pencil, paper, and any other required materials. 5. The student will be expected to respect other students by not interrupting them while they are speaking in class and not laughing at their ideas. 6. The student will be expected to keep their hands to themselves in the hallway. 7. The student will be expected to arrive to class on time and not waste time socializing in the hallway. 8. The student will be expected to throw away all food and trash items into the trashcan in the cafeteria. 9. The student will be expected to arrive to school on time with a positive attitude and the confidence to succeed. 10. The student will be expected to use appropriate language and appropriate actions while on school campus.

4: Chapter 2: Identifying Deviance | 4 | Minor Deviant Behaviors: | 1. Cheating on a test Social function- Identifying social norms; Students believe that working together on something is collaboration, not cheating. They know that in the real world they will be able to work with others to help them solve problems they can not solve on their own, so they will cheat on tests because they don't see it as a "wrong-doing". Theory- Cheating on a test relates to the conflict perspective theory. Students who aren't considered "smart" will cheat in order to get a good grade on a test and be considered smart. 2. Skipping class Social function- Unifying the group: Students skip so they will fit in with their friends who skip class. Theory- Skipping class relates to the cultural transmission theory because it is a learned behavior. When students see their friends skipping, they are more likely to see it as a norm and also skip class.

5: 5 | 1. Fighting Social function- Students fight in order to diffuse the tension and stress of other things going on in their life because it's the only way that they feel they can express themselves. Theory- Fighting relates to the strain theory because students stress about school and feel like they need to fight people to make themselves feel better. 2. Not coming to school at all Social function- Identifying social problems: When students don't come to school it's because they feel they won't be able to succeed anyway because the way the school system is set up. They don't want to fail so they don't even try. Theory- Not coming to school at all relates to the labeling theory. When students go to school and are told they aren't doing well or get in trouble, they tend to act out more deviantly in response because they feel like they actually are deviant students. | Major Deviant Behaviors:

6: Chapter 3: Re-Socialization | 6

7: 7 | 1. Cheating on a test- Students always worry too much about getting a good grade on tests. Therefore, they cheat off of other people's papers to ensure that they will get the correct answers. To fix this deviant behavior, I will allow students to collaborate and work together on tests. These tests will not be graded as heavily as they normally would. Instead, the heavier grade would be a journal or short essay where the student will use what they have learned to ensure that they are actually understanding the information, rather than just copying off of another student's paper.

8: 8 | 2. Skipping Class- Students skip class because they don't feel like classwork is important and they would rather spend time with their friends. To fix this deviant behavior I would give the entire school a "socializing" class period for an hour each day. Students can work with other students on assignments during this time, or just hang out with friends. However, if students are reported for skipping class they will not be able to participate in this "socializing" class period and instead will have to use that hour to make up the class that they missed by skipping.

9: 9 | 3. Fighting- To fix this deviant problem, I would require all students caught fighting on campus to stay after school for an extra hour and participate in a boxing class where they can let out all of their frustration. Then, they will have to write an essay about why they believed that fighting was the appropriate action in their situation and what they will do instead the next time that they are put into a similar situation. Nobody likes writing essays, so I'm hoping that knowing that they will have to write one will make the students think twice before fighting.

10: 10 | 4. Not coming to school at all- One of the main reasons students choose not to come to school is because they feel as if they'll fail anyway so there is no point in going and wasting their time. To fix this deviant behavior, I will use this new employee as an alternative teacher or tutor. If a student feels that they are not being taught in a way that will benefit them and help them to learn in a certain class, they can instead go to this teacher to get individual help. Being in a separate environment with a new teaching method will help the students to believe in their ability to succeed, thus encouraging them to come to school every day and do their best.

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