The core principles, or beliefs that I believe will guide my over classroom management plan is creating self-control, and the creation of the community. These two goals in my classroom not only teach discipline, but it allows children to find themselves, and gain trust amongst everyone in the classroom. According to John Dewey, “The ideal aim of education is the creation of power of self-control.” (Charney,19). Power of self-control is the power to assert oneself in a positive way. It is very important that your students know that they are the “boss” of their own body. Children need to know how important it is to control themselves during daily routines, and actions in the classroom. When creating self-control, teachers and children are involved in ongoing interactions, which draw on the experiences and the context of day-to-day life in your classroom and in school. Having self-control as a principle is very powerful. We as teachers need to teach self-control in the same way we teach our academics, as a recognized and valued part of school curriculum (Charney 21).
Self- control can lead to a more fully engaged and purposeful school life in your students and in the students around you. With self-control students can solve problems, make and carry out plans, think of a good idea and act on it, and most important to make decisions. The second core principle I think is very important is creating a community in your classroom. By creating a community in the classroom, you are finding connections to others. It allows students to communicate with each and to feel safe. Building a community allows students to care for themselves and others. Nothing is more important than making sure your student knows they are safe and can trust their classroom. The classroom is a safe haven for the students, and if they do not feel safe than you have fail to create a community. Physical Arrangement
To start off, I would have a SMART Board at the front of the classroom, with a silent seating rug in front of it. The desks that the students will be sitting in will be shaped in a formation around the rug so all students can see the SMART Board perfectly. When it comes to seating, I will have students with mixed abilities sitting next to each other. I find it very important to integrate the ability of students than to have the smart ones sit with each other, and the below students with each other. I will have the teacher’s desk in front of the students. I find that when the teacher is behind the students they don’t catch as much. I think it is very important to not have any student’s back to the teacher.
In the back of the room I would have the sink and the bathroom depending on if the school had classrooms with them in it. Also in the back of the room I would have the computer station. The computers would face me so I can see what is on the screen at all times. Next to the computers I would have my bookshelf that would include the best reading books ever.
I would also have bulletin boards at the front and the back of the classroom. These bulletin boards would be very informational. Depending on the grade depends on what exactly I would put on them. Rules and Consequence
It is very important that the students know from day one what exactly the rules and consequences are for the classroom. I think it is very important that students also know that the rules are not orders and punishments. They are simply boundaries of self- control. Rules help create a work oriented atmosphere in which students know what you expect from them. The rules that I would have in the classroom are:
1. Listen Carefully.
2. Follow directions.
3. Work quietly. Do not disturb others who are working.
4. Respect others. Be kind with your words and action.
5. Respect school and personal property.
6. Work and play safely.
These rules will be at the front of the room by the SMART Board so the student will see them everyday. I will go over these rules with the students every day until they know them. If there were days when the students simply are just having a bad day I would go over the rules with them. this would just be a little reminder of what is expected of them at all times, not when they feel like it.
When it comes to consequences, I find that just moving there name or sending them out to hall doe not do anything for them. One the first day of school I would create a consequence sheet with the students. This would allow them to have a chance to pick their “punishment.” Some consequence I would like to see would be:
1. Play a game at recess with my friend
2. Read a book with my friend.
3. Color a picture with my friend.
This gives to students an opportunity to make things right with the classmate they may have done something too. I also will have consequences for students who do something that is way bad. Sometimes just having the student come over to my desk at an off time and talk to them about their behavior can help. I do not want to students to think they can get away with everything, but I also want them to know that they can trust me. Hopefully I will just have a perfect class every year.. Then I will not have t worry about rules or consequences. Procedures
With the technology that we have today, I would keep on my grades on the computer, along with my emails. It is very easy to set up an Excel document and keep track of all the student’s work. You can constantly save this file to keep it updated. Of course I would keep the file in a zip drive in case my computer were to crash. Therefore, I would have backup. Therefore if you were to loose the paper, you will have it documented on your computer. I would set up a personal school email. This email would be for my co-workers and parents only. I believe it is professional to have a work email that does not involve your life out side of school. I would have a smile filing cabinet tat would have an individual folder for each student that I would keep all important paperwork in. there for it will be all organized and not piled up on my desk or somewhere else in the room.
There are so many procedures that I would have in my classroom. There are procedures for the hallway, in your classroom, playing outside, ect. Procedures benefit the child. It teaches and allows students to have self-control. The procedures that I would use in my classroom would specifically be relates to being respectful, and responsible. Some procedures I would have in my classroom would be: 1. Students will raise their hands before speaking.
2. Students will be quiet and listen to others when speaking. 3. Students will put their homework in the basket in the morning. 4. Students will hang up their jackets and book bags when they first enter the classroom. 5. Students will keep their hands and other body part to themselves. This list can go on and on. It is important to rehearse these procedures with the students. If we were to go over the procedures every day in morning, we would waste to much time. I feel like this will lat at the most six weeks. After rehearsing for long, the students will unconsciously do the procedures when they get to school. Communication:
I believe it is very important to stay connected with the parents, administration, and colleagues, and one-way to do this is communication. As teachers we should never be afraid to ask your co-workers something. I believe that email would be a big way to communicate with your colleagues and administrators. These people usually have access to computers at all times. Sometimes its faster to shoot an email than to walk to the other side of the school.
When it comes to the parents, or guardians of your students, email may not be the best option. Some parents do not have access to a computer, or they may not have an email. I think sending newsletters, and updates in take home folders are a great way. Even to make sure parents look at some, I would ask them to sign it and return it. When it comes to something major, I would call the parent and leave messages if I could not get a hold of them. I would never stop communicating to the parents. They need to know what is going with their children at school, and in return you as the teacher may need to know what is going on at home. Communication is key to any good relationship you have whether it is the parents or your boss.
Charney, Ruth S. Teaching Children to Care. Massachusetts: Northeast Foundation for Children, 2002. 19-21.