P-SCR-03: Explains Logical Consequences

This measure refers to how consistently the teacher offers consequences that are logical versus illogical or harsh when a behavior occurs. In an effort to support better behavioral choices, the teacher may articulate or remind children of consequences before problems arise. For example, “If you throw those toys on the ground, you will need to pick them up before we color.” Logical consequences include natural consequences, which occur without adult intervention (e.g., “If you do not wear your coat, you will be cold outside.”). Illogical consequences are not directly related to the behavior that occurred, and harsh consequences may look like punishments (e.g., “Tie your shoes. If I have to tell you again, you will be in timeout.”).

Category: Category 2: Teacher-Child Interactions Subcategory: Support for Children’s Regulation


In this section you will find videos, images, and/or documents that can be used to better understand this measure. These examples can also be used in conversations between mentors, directors, and/or teachers to discuss how the program's current practices compare to these examples.

Video Example

This video shows teachers explaining reasonable consequences for children’s behaviors and enforcing consequences that are specifically related to misbehavior.

Age(s): Toddler, Preschool, School-age