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It is important for teachers to have a clear and well thought out plan of action for managing and organizing a classroom.  A well managed classroom will have fewer discipline problems and fewer interuptions.  This allows the teacher to teach, the students to learn and everyone to move forward.

Classroom Management Plan

 

 

Rules:

1.     Be prepared for class and in your seat when the bell rings.

2.     Be respectful of each person in the classroom and their materials.

3.     Students shall adhere to all "Student Expectations."

4.     Observe the right for students to learn and the teacher to teach.

 

 

Consequences of Choosing to Not Follow Classroom Rules:

1.     First Offense:  verbal warning

2.     Second Offense:  teacher-student discussions

3.     Third Offense:  parent notification and detention

4.     Fourth Offense:  detention and student-parent-principal conference

5.     Fifth Offense:  removal from the classroom

 

  

    I believe the consequences that will be implemented in my classroom are clear and fair.  The first day of school I will explain that student misbehavior and disruptions will keep the class from being able to do the fun things that are planned from the year.  In order for the class to succeed as a whole, we need to be prepared, treat each other with respect, and do what is expected of all of us.  The environment that we create will be conducive for student learning.

 

 

Classroom Management, Organization, and Expectations  

 

The organization and management of the classroom are critical for establishing a productive working environment.  This environment needs to be established immediately so that students can focus on learning.  Students need to be clearly told what the teacher expects from them and what they can expect from their teacher. 

 

Management and Organization

      Classroom rules and consequences will be discussed and posted in the classroom the first day of class.

      Classroom expectations and procedures will also be discussed the first day/week of class.

      The teacher will determine the seating chart that will help create a positive learning environment.

      Lessons and assignments for each day will be designed in advance to engage the students and be as interesting and informative as possible.

      All lessons and assignments will be aligned to Michigan standards and to the objectives of the course.

      Each lesson will be designed to teach students the objectives of the course and students will be evaluated according these objectives.

      Students who were absent and need to make up work will need to look in the "Absent Folder" for missed assignments in the file cabinet.

      The agenda for the day will be written on the side chalkboard.

      The class will be dismissed by the teacher (not by the bell). 

 

Expectations of the Teacher:

      Be prepared for each class each day.

      Be fair and kind to each student.

      Exude enthusiasm and interest in the subject matter.

      Promote a safe classroom environment conducive to learning.

      Consider learning styles, abilities, and disabilities of each student when planning lessons.

Be available to students who need extra help outside of the classroom.

Expectations of the Student:

      Abide by classroom rules.

      Each student will do his or her best.

      Actively participate in each lesson and each homework assignment.

      Be responsible for their actions.

 

 

Procedures

 

Beginning the Class

      Students will have all required materials and be in their seat when the bell rings.   If a student is not in their seat when the bell rings, it will result in a tardy. 

      They will be engaged in the warm-up question(s) on the overhead with their homework on their desk. I will take attendance and collect homework. 

      The teacher will ask if there are any questions regarding their homework or the previous lesson, clarify any misunderstandings, and use this as a review and transition into the new material of the next lesson.

      Students who were absent need to look in the "Absent Folder" for their missed assignments.

      Students who are tardy will enter the room quietly and do their best to meld into what the class is doing.

During Lectures

      Students will be seated and taking notes. 

      Students will respect the teacher by giving their full attention to the teacher.

      There will be no talking during lectures.

      The students and teacher will be engrossed in the progression of information, which requires the attention of both parties.  Both the teacher and student should be ready to answer questions related to the lecture at any time.

During Seatwork

      If done individually, students may come to the teacher’s desk with questions.  If assigned to small groups, then the teacher will come to the students’ group.

      It is expected that 80% of group discussion will be regarding the assigned topic.

      The classroom should be relatively quiet during seatwork.  During group work more talking will be allowed.  During individual seatwork the students should be focusing on their assignment and talking will be kept to a minimum.

      If the assigned work is completed before the end of the hour, students may work on homework from other classes unless there is an enrichment activity pertaining to the assignment available.

Use of Classroom Resources

      Pencils may be sharpened anytime that the teacher is not lecturing.

      The teacher’s desk, chair, and all items on or behind their desk are off limits to all students.

      All other materials in the classroom need to be returned to their rightful place before the end of the hour, in the condition they were in when the hour began.

      Only the teacher will operate all technology equipment.

Out of Classroom Procedures

      The first day of school students will be told where to go and what to do during an emergency (fire, tornado, lockdown, etc.).

      Students will be respectful of all property of the school and will conduct themselves responsibly while outside the classroom.

      Hall passes will be issued when the teacher is not lecturing.  Each student will have three passes for each semester.   

Ending the Class

      The students will help the teacher summarize what was learned that period.

      Homework assignments will be given out or repeated at the end of the hour.

      The classroom will be returned to the state it was in when the class began.

      The teacher will dismiss the class.

 

 

Minor Disruptions

      I feel there will be few minor disruptions in my classroom.  I plan on moving at a brisk pace through the material with smooth and thought out transitions.  This will cut down on disruptions and misbehavior.  Small disruptions will be dealt with by me moving toward that student or area of he classroom.  I may also ask the student who is not focused on the lesson to answer the next question.  Saying the students name without stopping the lesson will also be a way to swiftly stop the disruption.

 

On-going Discipline Issues

      Repeated misbehavior will be handled more severely.  I will first ask the student to stay after class to discuss his or her behavior.  There may be something the student is dealing with personally that is affecting his behavior in class.  If I am aware of extenuating circumstances I will be more able to handle each situation appropriately.  If the misbehavior continues I will contact the student's parents by phone or by e-mail.  This will hopefully help reinforce good behavior from home.  Removal of the student from the immediate environment in which he or she is disrupting the class may also help the student focus.  I will move the student's desk to attain this outcome.  If the negative behavior continues I will call a conference with the parent, the student, and myself to come up with an action plan that will correct the negative behavior demonstrated in the classroom.

 

Aggressive and Violent Behavior

      If a student became violent in my classroom, I would first try to separate that student from the rest of the class.  I would then try and send them to the office and I would contact the office to let them know a student should be arriving.  If I needed to bring the student to the office I would get another staff member to watch my class while I was away.  I would try to resume teaching as soon as possible.

      If a student brought a weapon to school and I was aware of it, I would calmly but promptly ask the student to put it away.  I would promptly and calmly contact the administrators of he building to notify them of the situation.  If the administrators were unable to assist me immediately I would ask another teacher to watch the class while I escort the student to the office.  I would cooperate with the student and communicate with him or her to try and keep the rest of the students safe.  My primary goal would be to remove the weapon and the student from his or her peers and turn the situation over to administration.

           

"I've come to the frighteing conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. Its' my personal approach that creates the climate.  It's my daily mood that makes the weather.  As a teacher I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous.  I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.  I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.  In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crises will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized." 
                                                                                                              - Haim Ginott

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