NOTE: This was copied and pasted from a word document, some of the figures do not show up in this document. (In particular one figure that shoes a diagram of the classroom safety information located around the classroom in the safety section). The formatting is completely off, a lot of the work done was in the formatting of the document, but that will be seen in the final draft.
Classroom Management Plan
Classroom Management Plan
December 8th, 2018
Table of Contents
- Preparation before the School Year starts
- Routines & Procedures
- Rules & Policies
- Safety & legal requirements
- Planning & Conduction of Instruction
- Student Diversity
- Collaboration & Communication
- Cultural & Community Resources/ Connections
- Document why CM is important (3rd person). Cite current research on CM.
Effective learning takes place when students feel safe and are willing to take academic risks. In order to facilitate this type of learning, a comprehensive classroom management plan that benefits all students is needed … (You may use previously written material in our course; include citations, APA).
- State your personal view of effective CM in your subject area and how your CM plan aligns to your philosophy of teaching.
I teach to positively impact students by giving them the tools and support they need to learn and rise to life’s challenges. Teachers should be a caring advocate that holds to boundaries, and has the ability to challenge and motivate students to do their best. The purpose of education is to give students the basic tools they need to accomplish their goals in life, and to be productive, courteous members of our society. The essentialist view point is most congruent with my own, but I believe in universal truths, so I also align with aspects of the Perennial ideology as well. I believe there is a basic moral and social standard in which all people should understand for our society to function. There are a diverse and ever-increasing number of different identities, perspectives, and ideologies in our world, and I respect students as young adults, people with varying opinions, ideas, and cultural backgrounds.
The importance of letting students discover on their own often gives us a set of diverse pathways to a single solution, and this is why diversity is so valuable. I have an expectation in my classroom that all of my students should be proud of where they come from, each with unique cultures, ideologies, and identities. I believe that all students should have equitable access and opportunities to an education, and that right should not be determined by gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, or race. I bring non-gender biased science learning to my classroom in which females or other specified genders are believed to be as equally capable of doing science as males. I believe that diverse cultural perspectives, such as our native subsistence culture in Alaska, is important to draw from and share with our students. Curriculum is like a unique pathway that teachers choose to get their students to reach a certain goal. Differentiating curriculum to include culturally relevant topics, like King salmon population dynamics on the Yukon River, give students a more personalized learning experience. Technology is one of the tools that can be helpful in creating a differentiated pathway, so that students can learn in a way that best fits their needs. Technology is a great tool, but it has to be balanced with traditional face to face instruction, it’s not always the answer.
Learning is being able to take the information given to you and applying it. If you can’t apply something that you know, it is questionable whether you really know it at all. I use interactive materials, hands on labs, group work, and book work to help students see information through more than one medium. I prefer to have a varied assessment style with written tests, verbal and oral presentations, as well as skills based labs where students apply their knowledge. Students that struggle will always be able to come to me for help. I constantly observe my classroom to ensure that if students don’t want to come to me, that I make myself available to them. If I am unable to assist them through alterations in assignments, breaks, communication, or any other various interventions, I will equip them with the proper tools and resources they need to succeed.
Preparation before the School Year starts
- Organizing your classroom and materials (Section 6)
- Getting off to a good start (Section 6)
Routines & Procedures
- Beginning and ending of the day
- Transitions, use of materials
- Group work and teacher led activities
Rules & Policies
- What rules / procedures will you establish in the classroom, why, and how will you enforce them?
- Management at the school level
Students will see this list posted over the teacher’s desk, but the students will be able to discuss the rules with the teacher and give their opinion of the rules, if they think they are applicable to the classroom or not. The class rules will be discussed and reviews at the beginning of the year.
- We will respect our elders
- We will respect our peers
- We will respect our time
- We will respect our resources
- We will show mercy
- We will build up our peers
Safety & legal requirements (Section 2, 7)
- Discipline an consequences (Section 2)
- *Safety rules and procedures in place at your school/ school district (7) (Fire safety, lab safety, code yellow….) * this is an extension to the section before
Crisis Management Plan
The Crisis Plan is put in place to assist in procedures during an active medical or behavioral emergency. The crisis plan is located near the door, pinned up on the wall at eye level. The crisis plan packet also has a current list of all class rosters and allows the teacher to take role in a situation and determine if there are students missing. In the case of an emergency that requires the other students to be evacuated from the classroom they will exit and proceed to the pit, (the commons area in front of the library, students know where this is). If that area is occupied then they will go to the Library. As students are exiting the teacher will assign a student to go to the office and give a red card stored in the crisis packet to the secretary or principle, (the office is only a few seconds away from any high school classroom in Nenana, it is a small school). Under the teacher’s desk there is a bucket of snacks blankets and board games for students to keep themselves busy that the last student out of the room will bring, (there is more of these crisis materials stored in both the library and the office). The plan will be practiced and reviewed at least once a month, and will be acted out at least once a semester, or twice annually. The first week of school will include a short lecture on the importance of the plan, and will introduce it to the students.
Planning & Conduction of Instruction
- Teacher student relationships, Maintaining Appropriate Student Behavior (Section 3)
- Withitness and emotional objectivity
- Students will receive tasks or responsibilities if they show responsible behavior throughout the class.
- Students will receive public individual praise.
- Students will make quarterly goals for themselves.
- Students will be given freedom of bathroom breaks if shown to be trustworthy.
- Students will be given extra credit when they go above and beyond on an assignment.
- Students will be in the running for a student of the month/quarter/semester (depending on the number of students) that the teacher will decide and then praise in front of the class and make a call home to parents about how the student has been performing in class.
- Cultural diversity
- Special Needs students
- Personal interest in students, Engagement strategies
Differentiation (Sections 3, 4, 5)
- Differentiation need and strategies
Replacement Behavior Menu
- Instead of getting frustrated and quitting on an assignment, raise your hand or come to my desk and ask for help.
- Instead of putting down your peer, think about how you would like to be treated and give them the respect that you want others to give you.
- Instead of bragging about how well you did on the test when your neighbor didn’t do so well, wait to celebrate with someone else in a more appropriate time.
- Instead of determining someone’s character based upon their looks, wait to get to know them
- Instead of procrastinating, just set a goal for yourself and take one step at a time instead of trying to do the whole assignment all at once.
- Instead of interrupting the teacher and disrupting class, write down your question if not called upon and ask the teacher later after they are done speaking
- Instead of sleeping in class, try to get to bed sooner tonight so that you aren’t so tired
- Instead of shutting down and pouting, remember that it’s what people do in times of struggle that really show their true strength of character
- Instead of wearing your earbuds during instruction, listen to instructions and then listen to music while you work
- Instead of texting during instruction, take advantage of your time to learn and then text on a break or at the end of class
Collaboration & Communication
- educational stakeholders
Cultural & Community Resources/Connections
- Working with parents and community. List of five community resources (e.g., classroom speakers, museum, organizations that support education, field trip possibilities). Include a 200-word paragraph describing how you would work with parents and how to use community resources to enhance instruction and create interest in learning.
- Summary about how you will utilize the CM plan
- Formative evaluation strategies that will be used to inform updates and revisions to your classroom management strategies