Making Good Choices - The Responsible Thinking Process - Glasshouse Christian College

Making Good Choices – The Responsible Thinking Process



  • June 6, 2024

Making Good Choices – The Responsible Thinking Process

What is this and why is it important?

Glasshouse Christian College introduced the Responsible Thinking Process in 2011. The Responsible Thinking Process was developed by Edward E Ford in 1994 and is a program designed to teach children and young people how to control themselves and monitor their behaviour by taking responsibility for what they do.

This program focuses on the fact that all students are responsible for their own choices and actions and the need to respect the rights of others. At Glasshouse Christian College we believe that teachers have a right to teach and students have a right to learn in safety.

What it is:

The Responsible Thinking Classrooms is a place:
1. To help students consider their choices and how this impacts the rights of teachers to teach and students to learn.
2. Where students can have time to devise strategies to help them consistently meet behaviour expectations
3. Where students can feel supported with the learning of making positive behaviour choices
4. To learn self-control in the classroom and the playground

What it is not:

The Responsible Thinking Classroom is not:
1. A place for ‘naughty’ students to go
2. A means of punishment
3. A detention
4. An opportunity for students to get out of doing classwork

Why is my child being sent to RTC?

There are three main reasons why a teacher would refer a student to the RTC:
1. Continuous disruption to the learning environment.
2. Unsafe behaviour that puts themselves or others in harm’s way.
3. Disrespectful behaviour towards others.

The Responsible Thinking Process (RTP) works when teachers give those students, who are disruptive or unsafe, the opportunity for self-reflection in a supportive environment.

When a student disrupts or their behaviour is unsafe, the teacher will ask them to reflect on their behaviour using a series of RTP questions.

The student then has the opportunity to decide how they will behave for the remainder of the lesson. If disruptive behaviour continues to occur, the student is given the opportunity for deeper self-reflection. The student does this with the support of a staff member in the Responsible Thinking Classroom, or RTC.

In the RTC, the child will spend time with an RTP facilitator who talks with them one-on-one, listens patiently, without judgment, and helps the student to develop a plan to achieve successful learning and behaviour when they return to class that will not impact the rights of others to learn. When the student returns to class, the strategies and goals decided on in the RTC and on their plan are shared with the teacher with the aim of a successful re-entry into the learning space.

The format of the plan is age-specific to cater for all our students from Prep – Year 12.

Home Support:

Once a student has completed the required attendance at RTC, the incident is considered ‘over’ and students have a ‘fresh start’ to try the strategies they have agreed to as part of their goals.

We encourage students to talk to their parents about the goals they created in RTC, including the strategies they agreed to implement. Parents/Caregivers are encouraged to talk calmly with their child about their RTC referrals using the same questions that the College uses during the responsible thinking process:

Question 1. “What are you doing?”

Question 2. “What should you be doing?”

Question 3. “What was the rule or requirement you were not following?”

Question 4. “What changes will we see in you as a result of your goal/s?

Question 5. “What is your plan from now on?”

Edward Ford & Responsible Thinking Process: please click HERE for video.

Gail Mitchell, Head of Primary

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