Channeling Aretha: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Hi Everyone,

It was great to learn more about everyone’s experiences and perspectives in our class on Thursday.

Here are the four rules I would post in my high school English classroom:

1)         Listen carefully before speaking.

2)         Ask a question when something is unclear.

3)         Bring required materials to class.

4)         Think before you act.

As I considered the rules I wanted to implement in my class, I first thought about what I want my students to learn on a social level. More than anything, I want my students to learn how to engage. I feel that if they are engaged with the ideas and other students in our class, then I will not have to worry as much about whether or not they are seated or raising their hand to speak. Respect seems to be at the heart of every rule whether that rule is setting physical, emotional, or educational boundaries.

Here is a link to a website that discusses the differences between preventive, supportive, and corrective disciplines as teachers consider their classroom management plan: It also includes a brief self-evaluation to see what you already know about these three types and how they might be used in the classroom.  I like this website because it clearly defines the types and then provides a relatively comprehensive list for each of how you might use them in the class. It also helps us remember that classroom management is not strictly a corrective enterprise–that managing a class well often comes down to the preventive or supportive rules and policies we have in place.

I hope everyone has a great week. I look forward to the blog posts to follow.

Here’s my Wordle:


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