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Classroom Management Plan

A. A letter to parents describing my classroom Dear parent(s) and/or guardian(s), Welcome to the new school year! I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself and let you know a few things about my classroom. I am very excited to have the opportunity to get to know you and your child. Im looking forward to a fun and productive school year. In order for your child to be successful, there are a few things I will expect from your child. One this is that I expect that your child will be responsible for his/her own actions. We will be creating a set of classroom expectations together as a class with ideas from all students. If your child does not follow our expectations, there will be consequences. I will also have these expectations for myself and plan on treating your child fairly and with respect. Teaching has been a passion of mine since I was young. My main goal this year is to provide the best education for your child and help them reach their maximum potential. My plan is to create a fun, comfortable environment for your child to learn in. I believe that as a parent or guardian, you play a very important role in your childs education. I encourage you to stay active in what your child is learning because you will be a key player in your childs success this year. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. Ms. Michelle Allmayer

B. How curriculum development impacts your management plan Teaching Strategies I will use instructional techniques like direct instruction, drill and practice, question and answer which are based on Blooms Taxonomy. Students will learn to remember

the information taught, understand it, apply it, and hopefully get to the levels of analyzing it, evaluating it, and creating their own.

I will also use differentiated instruction to ensure that every student has the opportunity to learn the information being taught despite any barrier they might have. Learning centers of different subjects will also be used in the classroom a lot. This will allow students to practice concepts already taught to them and will allow them to see the information in a different way. Different strategies will be used based on the type of learners that are in my classroom.

Facilitating a Learning Environment Being flexible as a teacher is really important especially when trying to create a learning environment. I have to be able to change things unexpectedly in order to make sure all students are learning. Making the information relevant to the student which will give them a reason to be engaged and learn. I will teach to all different kind of learners. The environment will be welcoming to kinesthetic, visual, auditory, and tactile learners. I will make sure that Maslows Hierarch of Needs is being met for each student. The basic needs of my students need to be met before they can concentrate on learning.

C. What happens on the first day of school How do you get attention? The first thing I will do to get my students attention is start building relationships with them as soon as they get into my classroom. I will greet them at the door so I make a connection with each student on the first day. I will be enthusiastic. If Im not excited to be at school and in my classroom, I cant expect my students to be excited. I will be engaging. We wont sit down and start working right away on the first day. We will do fun get to know each other activities so the students start feeling comfortable with one another. Introduction I will introduce myself by having a me box. I will fill that box with important items that will tell the kids about me and my life. This will give students a better understanding of who I am outside of the classroom. It will also give the students a chance to connect with me on a personal level if we have some of the same interests or whatnot. If I have any Para Pros or assistants in my classroom I will also have them do this activity because its important for the students to get to know them as well even if they wont be working with them on a daily basis. We will start to do community building activities like a student search or student BINGO so they will have to get up, talk to their classmates, and start to get to know them. I will also introduce the various centers around my room (reading/meeting area center, computer center, math center, etc.). Students will need to get used to

utilizing and respecting all the resources I will have to offer in the classroom, so I will introduce them on the first day of class. Set the Stage for a Healthy Classroom Culture I think the first step in making a healthy classroom culture is creating classroom expectations as a whole class. All students will be able to contribute their ideas then as the teacher I will go through and delete or reword expectations until we get down to a list of 5 or 6 expectations that everybody agrees on. The students will sign the bottom of the expectations and they will be posted on all four walls to remind students of their personal accountability. We will continue to do activities throughout the first week or so to continue building relationships upon the students. As their teacher, I will respect all differences represented in my classroom and encourage others to do the same. Students will also be able to meet with me individually to talk about either personal issues or things they would like to change within the classroom. Open communication will be encouraged. D. How does your plan address the 4 overarching themes discussed in class? Expectations Expectations will be created together as a class. Each student will have a change to voice their opinion on what is expected of them as well as what is expected from me as the teacher. The choices will be narrowed down into 5-6 expectations upon approval of everyone. Each student will then sign the expectation sheet to hold them accountable for following the expectations. As the teacher, I will make sure that the expectations that are decided upon are: o Observable o Enforceable o Age appropriate o Cover typical discipline situations o Teach appropriate classroom behavior Allowing students to be a part of setting the expectations gives them some control over their environment and makes them feel comfortable. It also allows them to connect with other classmates.

Having the students sign the expectations will make them hold themselves and their classmates accountable for their actions. These expectations will be intrinsic motivation for the students success in the classroom. Curriculum I will base my curriculum off of the different learning styles in my classroom. I will also base the curriculum on the age and disabilities of my students. My curriculum will start at the bottom of Blooms Taxonomy with the lower thinking skills and as the year progresses on it will move up to more complex levels such as analyzing and evaluating. The content that I am teaching will be relatable to the students. This will keep them more engaged and make the lessons fun. Learning centers will be a part of my curriculum to make sure students will be able to individually practice concepts that were already taught to them. Students can work at their own pace and at varying levels. This also gives me free time to work one-on-one with students who are struggling with various concepts. Teaching Strategically I will use the 5 part model of strategic instruction: o Engage o Frame o Activity o Debrief o Metaphor Using cooperative learning will allow students to do their work and then help other classmates with their work. Students will be responsible for getting their work done and then making sure others are keeping up with the work as well. Students will turn to other classmates to find the answer instead of always turning to the teacher. Students will learn from one another as well as me. Students will also get the opportunity to give their own input and personal experiences in the subject matter. Discipline Discipline should not be used as punishment; it should help the student become more successful in the classroom. I will also have self-discipline as the teacher. I will not get angry with my students. I will also hold myself accountable for any actions that I may make out of anger. All students will be treated with the same respect but the discipline may vary.

Students will be held accountable for their actions. They will develop their own consequences in order to have ownership over their behavior which will help them learn from their misbehaviors. After multiple misbehaviors, conversations with the student will take place to figure out specific triggers for the behavior. A behavior plan can also be put in place for the student to help with the behavior. E. Theoretical Framework Choice Theory We can only control our own behavior. People who fail choose to fail. Its all about boundaries not manipulating our students into learning. I cant make students learn. I give them the information and they decided what to do with it. All long-lasting psychological problems are relationship problems. Issues and problem relationships are always with the students. These need to be dealt with before the student can focus on the curriculum. I need to know how to listen to individuals and the class as a whole. We can only satisfy our needs by satisfying the pictures in our quality world. As a teacher, I need to help students reach their goals of who they want to be to satisfy their quality world. All we do is behave. All behavior is total behavior. Total behavior has four components: acting and thinking which can be controlled and feeling and physiology which cannot be controlled. We can only control feeling and physiology indirectly through how we choose to act and think. As a teacher I can model the correct way to act and think so students can then affect their feelings and physiology. All total behavior is designated by verbs and named by the part that is the most recognizable; it remains a question of definition. Choice theory gives the student lots of choices in the classroom! Choices give the students power and control which will intrinsically motivate them and allow them to learn from their own mistakes. This theory is about having fun and play in the classroom and learning from the mistakes that we make and not focus so much on the grades that we are giving our students. Positive Classroom Discipline

This theory is a very low key but supportive approach. It has 4 main components: o Classroom Structure- focuses on proximity control. The classroom should be barrier free and have a path way to all students. o Limit Setting- Using nonverbal methods to control behavior. It also has six steps which are: Know your space, terminate instruction, turn and look at the student and say their name, walk to the edge of their desk, prompt, and palms (invade their space). o Responsibility Training- Training the class as a whole to have personal responsibility. There should be group rewards such as preferred activity time as long as the whole group is behaving. o Back-up Systems- For when limit setting doesnt work. Small responses- Speaking privately, catching students eye, finger to lip. Medium responses- Assigning a time out, sending to the hall, meet with parents. Large responses- Detention, sending to office, in-school suspension. Logical consequences This theory focuses on that understanding the motivation of behavior is the key to resolving student discipline issues. Gives a clear understanding that students misbehave to achieve one of 4 goals: o Attention-seeking: needing attention to feel rewarded. Can even be humiliating, painful, or abusive attention. o Power-seeking: power and belonging through controlling the teacher o Revenge-seeking: Any time a student is testing the teacher. They can be aggressive and are often bullying other kids or being bullied. o Failure avoidance: Students who hide from the teacher. They feel incapable socially or academically, Focuses on consequences rather than punishment. Consequences help student be more successful by making them understand what they did which will then make them think twice before doing it in the future. Punishment leads to the 4 Rs: resentment, rebellions, revenge, and retreat. F. Other Information

I have wanted to be a teacher since I was a young girl in elementary school. I always looked up to my teachers and everything that they did for their students. I remember when the teacher never noticed when students would pass notes in class or whisper to their neighbors, I always thought to myself, wow, how can they not notice that? I would notice and make such a great teacher! It wasnt until my senior year in high school that I discovered that working with students that have disabilities was my passion. I think my personal views on how we should treat other people have influenced my approach to classroom management. Deciding to go into special education has really changed my mindset to what can I do for each child. Students with special needs deserve full attention and a good environment in order to be successful. I think every child should be responsible for his/her action inside and outside of the classroom because if they arent, they wont ever learn their lesson. My classroom will be set up in a simple way that will allow me to access every student. Individual desks will be arranged in small groups to promote community building and relationships among the students. I will also have a half moon table that I can work one-on-one with students at or with small groups of students. My dream classroom will have updated technology in the classroom that I can use such as multiple computers and a SMART board. I would like to have a very large white board at the front of the room to assist me with my teaching. I will also have a separate reading center/classroom meeting area with books beyond books to either read or listen too. I will also have a couch and some bean bags for the students to sit on when they are reading. I will also have on self for all the materials a student would need throughout the day (crayons, paper, pencils, scissors, etc.) and another shelf with math manipulates for the students to use. Students will get into the routine of going to the reading center or doing one of their learning centers (subject of their choice unless told otherwise) when they are finished with all of their other work. One ritual that I would like to implement bi-weekly would be a community building activity. I think that building a community within the classroom makes a really

comfortable environment where the students feel safe and enjoy being there. If students dont like it in the classroom, they are going to act out and be more defiant. Having a community will also bring the students together as closer friends. Building relationships with students will make them feel more safe and comfortable in the classroom. Before starting a lesson with a student or a small group of students I will ask the student to tell me something good. This way we start off our time together on a positive note and the student will know that I am interested in what they are doing outside of school. I will also connect their work to something they are interested in so they can more easily express themselves because they will be comfortable with the topic. I will hold each student accountable for their actions and have consequences for them when they make bad choices. We will work on our classroom etiquette such as getting the teachers attention, sharpening their pencil, working with others, using the bathroom, etc. for the first week or so together then the student will be held accountable if they dont practice the proper etiquette. I think the principle regarding the essence of being human that makes the foundation to managing my classroom is that students require acknowledgment and affirmation in order to remain interested. If the student is never acknowledged or receives any positive feedback from the teacher, then that student will check out completely and most likely start to create problems within the classroom. All students should be acknowledged to create a positive classroom environment and in order to keep control over the students.