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Mrs. Murray’s Classroom Management Plan

My Teaching Philosophy:

In our classroom, we will practice use of both proactive and reactive discipline.  We work proactively at the beginning of the year, establishing and learning rules that all students should follow to allow for a safe and respectful learning environment.  The rules that we establish in the beginning of the year work well because of the focus on creating responsible citizens and a strong sense of community in our classroom. I want to create a positive learning atmosphere where all students can be exceptional. Being safe, respectful, and responsible are the three main areas of emphasis.

School-wide Goals:

In order for students to successfully transition from learning in our classroom to other areas of the school, several school-wide policies have been put in place.  Students will practice routines for using restrooms, eating lunch, walking in the hallways, and playing outside in a safe way.  These expectations include:
·         Students will play safely in all games and on all playground equipment.
·         All students will be able to enjoy lunch in a calm and respectful atmosphere and leave the

          classroom/lunchroom/snack room cleaner than they found it.
·         The restrooms at Belgreen High School will be clean and safe.
·         The halls will be a safe and quiet environment where people interact with courtesy and

           respect.

          

Routines for Our Classroom:

When students enter the classroom in the morning, they will put their things away and go to their desks and eat breakfast and/or work on an activity (*or have their time to visit with me). * I would like the opportunity to get to know the students, so before the bell rings, I am going to try to allow one student at a time to come share their thoughts with me.  We will have breakfast; then I will take attendance, and cover the daily objectives.

At the end of each day(when time permits), students may share what they have learned. After packing all of our things to go home for the day, students will be escorted to their buses.  Students who are picked up will be lined up in an orderly fashion and wait on their rides.

Transitions and Attention:

In order to move safely around our classroom, it will be important for students to quickly stop what they are doing and listen for directions when transitioning from one activity to another.  I use several cues in the classroom to quickly gain student attention, including a repetitive hand clap, or a chant where students will stop what they are doing and repeat it. These attention-getters will be practiced as a class in the first few weeks of school.


One other signal students will learn in our classroom that you can also practice at home is the sign language signal for restroom.  This allows students to quietly show me a sign that does not overtly disrupt the learning of others when they need to use the restroom.

Classroom Rules/Expectations:

1.  Follow directions quickly

2.  Raise your hand for permission to speak.

3.  Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat.

4.  Make smart choices.

5.  Keep your hands, feet, and other objects to yourself.

Consequence Strategies:

Once our rules have been established, I follow “3 R’s," which are:
Reinforcement – Reinforcement is used to provide positive feedback and recognize students’ efforts.
Reminding – Reminding is used when students are beginning to get off task and need a gentle reminder of our classroom expectations.
Redirecting – Redirecting is used when a child needs to be stopped from continuing their current behavior and pointed in the right direction, as to follow classroom rules and ensure a safe learning environment for all students.

I expect students to follow rules that are set for them and to act in an appropriate and respectful way in the classroom.  When students do not follow set rules, I will allow students an opportunity to solve the problem on their own and think of solutions that can change their current behavior.  When necessary, I will step in and assist the student in making the correct choice to adapt their behavior and maximize learning time.

If the above guidelines are not followed, the following consequences will take place:

1.  First time: Verbal reminder/warning.

2.  Second time: The child loses the privilege of using the materials or participating in the class activity until he/she can demonstrate appropriate behavior. 

3.  Third time:  The child is given the opportunity to regain self-control in a safe environment away from the group in the take-a-break chair.  Students may choose to go to the take-a-break chair if they are becoming frustrated or the teacher may request a student go to the take-a-break chair if they are interfering with the learning of other students.  The student may choose to rejoin the group when they feel they can follow the classroom rules (a minute or two).  If a student continues to cause a disruption in the class, the teacher may ask the student to take-a-break in a buddy classroom.  The student will be allowed to rejoin the class after a period of   5-10 minutes.  

4.  Fourth time:  If a student still has trouble following classroom expectations, they may have a conference in the office, and may receive a paddling by the teacher or administrator. This normally be in instances where the behavior is repetitive, or the behavior causes injury to something or damage to property. Once a student has regained composure and decided on a positive plan of action for the rest of their day, the student will rejoin the class. A note home will be sent discussing the problem and solution.

***If necessary, teachers, parents and child will set up an individual discipline plan to address any challenges your child is dealing with in the classroom.

Rewards for Positive Behavior:

 Each day is a new beginning.  When children are caught being good, there will be various individual and group rewards.  In our classroom, we talk about filling someone’s jar.  We pretend that every person has a jar inside of them that gets filled when we are kind and treat each other with respect.  When students follow classroom rules, it fills my jar as the teacher.  Examples of individual and group rewards for filling someone’s jar and following classroom rules are as follows:

Individual Rewards

·         Verbal praise.  The student may also receive a “happy note” that goes home to parents so     

          he/she can celebrate in their child’s accomplishment.
·         Sticker rewards may be given to the child.
·         Special activity tickets may be given.
·         Sometimes I will allow students their choice of a reasonable reward.

            Clip Chart (This correlates with the consequences section.)

 

-          Students will have a clothespin with his/her name and may clip up (positive) or clip down (negative). Students will receive tickets for good behavior either at the end of the day or the following morning. Students will be responsible for saving these tickets to spend them at the school store at or around the end of the nine week grading period.

-          Students may have to move their desk to a place away from distractions, or lose certain privileges.

-          Notes may be sent home notifying the parents of the student behavior that needs addressing.

 

-          Group Rewards

·         A group game outside.
·         A special treat during snack time.
·         Free choice time (computers, puzzles, games, etc.) during designated center time.
·         A class party.

 

 


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