Closing the Exits Off the Road to Responsibility



Can responsibility be taught? How can educators move from “making” students behave to helping students learn self-management? This is a major, but necessary, paradigm shift – moving from enforcement to a focus on student growth and providing essential life skills. Many students will grasp for any available path to avoid taking responsibility. Do some of the following excuses sound familiar?

• “I didn’t know”
• “No one told me that”
• “I’ve done it before and no one cared”
• “She/he just doesn’t like me”
• “Other kids were doing it too”

These excuses all represent common “exits” that students take o the “Road to Responsibility.”


In this program, author Larry Thompson will discuss how traditional discipline practices actually allow students to continue using those exits to avoid responsibility. He will also share six essential practices that will close those exits and help students learn self-management.


These six essential practices include: 

• Benefits for Changing Behavior

•  Clear Expectations

• Emotional Control

•  Consistency

•  Leadership in Challenging Moments

•  Response-Ability


As a former principal, special needs teacher, regular ed teacher and coach, Mr. Thompson will discuss Responsibility-Centered strategies that will help teachers and administrators keep students in class – and help students learn and grow in the process.

About the Presenter

Author of Roadmap to Responsibility and Give ‘em Five, Larry Thompson, M.Ed., is often called upon to deliver keynote presentations for state and national education conferences because of his knowledge, humor and passion for assisting today’s students. He has helped thousands of educators and schools throughout North America break away from their traditional discipline models to a model that creates a responsible climate and responsible students. Larry has served in a wide variety of roles in education – from special education teacher to alternative and traditional high school principal. As creator of the Responsibility-Centered Discipline program, Larry understands that systems must be created that can be realistically implemented and sustained.

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