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Final Project: Classroom Management Plan

Students Name: Charisma E. Mahan Sub-term: D05 Spring 2012

Classroom Motto

To be students who have integrity


In their assignments, words, and actions towards others.
To be students who are respectful of
Their country, school, community,
Family, friends, and themselves.
To be students who strive to be lifelong learners
In the classroom as well as in life.

Philosophy

I believe I am responsible for what happens in my classroom as well as my school. I seek to


provide a classroom environment where students are able to learn as well as grow as an
individual. I believe I should be available and ready for my students as soon as the day begins. I
should reflect on the end result of the lessons to begin the lesson. I need to reflect on what the
lessons, the curriculum as well as the state and national standards are for my students and design
lessons to prepare my students for these academic outcomes. I believe I should provide an
environment where students are certain of the classroom goals, expected behaviors as well as the
progress of the class as a whole. I believe I should conduct myself in a manner which is
professional as well as a model for the students. My behaviors will become some of their
behaviors. I plan to be ready for the entire day when the day begins and expect my students to
do the same. I believe students should be redirected when they are off-task by stating their name
during the lesson and standing near them. I believe if there are students who are chronically off-
task, they should be placed closer to the front of the room where most of the instruction occurs. I
believe the classroom should not be a place that becomes stagnant. I will strive to keep the
school day going as smoothly as possible while minimizing opportunities for unstructured,
independent study time. I believe the best way, as a teacher, I can meet the needs of the diverse
classroom would be to stay focused on the tasks at hand as well as research any opportunities for
growth in the area of need.

Classroom Diversity
Grade Level: 2nd and 3rd Grades
Type of School: Public Elementary School Title 1 School
Number of Students: 13
Student Diversity: 3 girls 10 boys, all students have special needs including ADD,
Dyslexia, Physical Disabilities as well as Autism

Learning Environment

I would like to create a learning environment where all of the modalities of learning can be
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utilized. I would like to provide opportunities for students with both conceptual tempo and field-
dependence/field-independence types of cognitive learning. Students should be able to have an
environment where there are moments of quiet, focused instruction and study time as well as
time where they can use their creative abilities to learn through hands-on activities and small
group instruction. I would present opportunities for learning through the Smartboard as well as
through lectures in order to reach groups of students who may be right-brain or left-brain
thinkers. I would like to use visual aids such as a SmartBoard to be able to demonstrate math
equations as well as display daily reading assignments for choral reading. I would have small
group projects for students to collaborate and work together to gather information on different
subjects or units of study. I believe all of these choices would help cover all of the different
sensory modalities in which students learn.

Room Arrangement

I believe the seating arrangement for this classroom should have the desks of the students placed
in the center of the classroom with space between each student. Those students who have ADD
or chronic behavior problems need to be placed toward the front of the class. Those students
who may have physical disabilities need to be placed at the corners of the seating arrangement.
There should a reading center located in one corner of the room. Group tables should be set up
on opposite sides of the room in order to have differentiated instruction for the different levels in
Language Arts as well as Math. A computer center should be placed along the back wall of the
room in order for students to be able to focus on their computer assignments instead of
everything else in the classroom.

If the teachers area is setup in the right corner of the room, he/she will be able to monitor the
door as well as the entire area of the classroom with ease.
I believe this arrangement would allow for students to be able to see with ease what being
displayed on the Smartboard as well as what the teacher may be demonstrating at the front of the
class. The spacing between the desks can allow for the teacher to move freely throughout the
classroom and give attention to each student on an individual basis. I believe the students would
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be able to focus better if the distractions of books on a shelf or computer screens were behind
them instead of at the side. Students would be able to get to materials needed quickly if they
needed something off of the bookshelf for their individual reading or math groups.

Student Motivation
I plan to get a census of information from the students at the beginning of the school year as to
what interests them. Once this census is complete, I would like to integrate their interests into
the subjects and unit of the curriculum.
I would like to start every unit with a related topic or article which they can read or can be read
to them. I would integrate personal life experiences into the stories being read to the students.
For example, if the students were reading about flowers, pollination, and insects, I would be able
to share my experience as a child with my fathers honey bees and hives.
I believe structure in the classroom is very important. I believe there should be some scheduled
down time in order to rejuvenate and keep the school day interesting. Games such as Around the
World, where the students are still learning but practicing math facts by challenging other
students, can be something to still engage the student without losing focus of the lesson and
management of the classroom.
Classroom Procedures
Classroom Procedures are very important in the whole realm of Classroom Management. If we
dont have procedures, we will not function properly. I believe the best way to teach students the
proper procedures for all parts of the classroom are repetition and practice. Students will be
reminded by a procedures chart placed at the front of the room for what procedure to perform at
different times of the day.
At the beginning of the week, students will make sure they are well equipped for the week.
Students will be allowed to have two to three pencils at their desk as well as needed supplies
such as crayons, markers, scissors, extra erasers, and rulers. Pencils will be sharpened at the
beginning of the day and right after lunch on a daily basis. The teacher will pass out needed
papers or craft materials to each student. Papers will be collected in different inboxes designated
by subject, and students will be asked to place assignments in the inboxes as they are finished.
At the beginning of the school year, students will be assigned folders which will be sent home
nightly with homework assignments to be completed as well as any information the parent may
need to be aware of. The homework folders will be returned every morning and placed in a bin
at the teachers desk for review.
A daily agenda will be placed on the board for all the children to see. The agenda will include
the day, the different activities to be performed that day, and the time when the activity will be
performed. Students will be given a 5 minute and 3 minute notification before they are to
transition to another activity on the agenda.
Students will be asked to raise their hand when they need assistance with an assignment. If the
entire class is having difficulty completing the assignment. We will re-evaluate what the
misunderstanding is and try to clarify the lesson covered in the assignment.

Classroom Rules
1. The student should be ready to learn every day.
2. The student should listen while the teacher is talking without interrupting.
3. The student should keep their hands and feet to themselves.
4. The student should ask permission before leaving the classroom for any reason.
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5. The student should stop talking and listen when another adult enters the classroom.
Rewards & Consequences
The classroom will run on a system of a Red Light Chart. Student will each have a green,
yellow, and red button system on a chart.
Consequences:
After the student is given 2 nonverbal responses and 1 verbal response to change their behavior,
they will be moved from green light to yellow light status.
At the yellow light status, the student will be 2 verbal responses before being asked to take a time
out. The time out will take place during their lunch time. They will be sitting by themselves for
the entire lunch period.
If the behavior continues, the student will be asked to report to the reflection room of the school
for the remainder of the lesson or possibly the remainder of the school day.

If behaviors continue or become disruptive to the classroom environment, a call to the principal
is necessary and a possible call home to parents will be made.

Rewards:
Student will be given verbal praises.
Student will receive privileges to help pass out papers in the classroom or help with certain
duties such as being the line leader for the day.
At the end of the week, if the student has had a good, daily grade for behavior, they will be
rewarded a chance to visit the Treasure Box.

Record-Keeping
Attendance will be taken daily and recorded in the school computer system, PowerSchool. Tardy
students will check in with the front office before being allowed to enter the classroom.

Behaviors will be recorded with a centrally located behavior chart. At the end of the school day,
the results of the day will be recorded on a master behavior chart for the day. At the end of the
week, the students behaviors will be recorded on their weekly report and sent home.

Daily work and graded assignments will be recorded inside of the school computer system,
PowerSchool. Papers will be distributed and a check, check-plus, or plus will be recorded on the
weekly report to be sent home.

The weekly report will need to be signed by the parent and returned the following week.
Parent Communication
As a teacher, I plan to have very open communication between parents and myself. I believe the
student performs at their best when the parents are involved in school assignment, events, and
activities.
I plan to send home a weekly newsletter explaining what the students will be learning in each
subject that week. I plan to also keep parents informed of monthly evens and important
information in the weekly newsletter.
Parents will be aware of the students progress at the end of the week with a weekly progress
report. Students will receive a plus, check-plus, or check for their progress that week. Interim
reports will be sent home midway through the 9 week period and reports will be sent home at the
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end of every 9 week period.


Parents will be aware of the students homework assignment through weekly homework
contracts. The homework worksheets as well as instructions on what to do nightly will be
attached to the contract and expected to be returned by Friday morning.
Suspension
Horry County School System uses three levels of conduct with which to judge the severity of the
students conduct. These levels are Disorderly Conduct, Disruptive Conduct, and Offenses.

1. Disorderly Conduct is defined as those activities engaged in by a student which tend to


impede orderly classroom procedures or instructional activities, the orderly operation of
the school, or the frequency or seriousness of which disturb the classroom or school.
Some examples of acts of disorderly conduct include failure to complete assignments or
carry out directions, lying, disturbing the class, forged notes, class tardy, school tardy,
cheating, profanity, and loitering. Some of the consequences of the disorderly conduct
include withdrawal of privileges/exclusion from extracurricular activities, temporary
removal from class, a call to parents, a conference with parent, home visit, verbal
warning, in-school suspension, or letter to parent.
2. Disruptive conduct is defined as those activities engaged in by a student which are
directed against person or property and/or the consequences of which tend to endanger
the health or safety of oneself or others. Some examples of disruptive conduct may
include abusive language to staff, computer violation, refusal to obey, bus violation,
disrespect to staff, three level-one offenses, threats to students, or stealing. Some of the
consequences of disruptive conduct include temporary removal from class, referral to
outside agency, withdrawal of privileges/exclusion from extracurricular activities, in-
school suspension, suspension until parent conference, out-of-school suspension, transfer,
restitution of property and damages, alternative school assignment, or expulsion.
3. Level III Offenses are defined as those activities engaged in by a student which result in
violence to oneself or to anothers person or property or which pose a direct and serious
threat to the safety of oneself or others. These activities require administrative actions
which result in the removal of the student from the school, the intervention of law
enforcement authorities, and/or action by the Board. Examples of Level III offenses may
include gang activity, bomb threat, false fire alarm, explosion detonation, arson,
aggravated assault, threat to staff, simple assault/fighting, bribery, disturbing schools,
gambling, intimidation, and possession of stolen property. Possible consequences of
Level III Offenses include out-of-school suspension, withdrawal of privileges/exclusion
from extracurricular activities, assignment to alternative school, expulsion, and restitution
of property and damages.

Information contained in this section was taken from Horry County Schools Parent Handbook
pages 60-62. You can access this information at www.horrycountyschools.net under the Parents
tab.
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Behavioral Contract
Mrs. Mahans Class
2011-2012
I, ________________________, agree to do the following rules every day.

1. The student should be ready to learn every day.


2. The student should listen while the teacher is talking without interrupting.
3. The student should keep their hands and feet to themselves.
4. The student should ask permission before leaving the classroom for any reason.
5. The student should stop talking and listen when another adult enters the classroom.

I, _____________________________, to follow the rules and now the following rewards and
consequences will be given depending on my behavior.

The classroom will run on a system of a Red Light Chart. Student will each have a green, yellow, and red
button system on a chart.

Consequences:
After the student is given 2 nonverbal responses and 1 verbal response to change their behavior, they will
be moved from green light to yellow light status.
At the yellow light status, the student will be 2 verbal responses before being asked to take a time out.
The time out will take place during their lunch time. They will be sitting by themselves for the entire
lunch period.
If the behavior continues, the student will be asked to report to the reflection room of the school for the
remainder of the lesson or possibly the remainder of the school day.
If behaviors continue or become disruptive to the classroom environment, a call to the principal is
necessary and a possible call home to parents will be made.

Rewards:
Student will be given verbal praises.
Student will receive privileges to help pass out papers in the classroom or help with certain duties such as
being the line leader for the day.
At the end of the week, if the student has had a good, daily grade for behavior, they will be rewarded a
chance to visit the Treasure Box.
I understand that I am responsible for my actions and learning on a daily basis and agree to fulfill this
contract.
Signed:

________________________ _________________________
Student Signature Teacher Signature

________________________ _________________________
Parent Signature Date Completed

This contract is in effect as of _________. It will expire on _________. At the


Date Date
end of this contract, a new contract may be written.

Flick, Ph.D, G. L. (1998). ADD/ADHD Behavior-Change Resource Kit: Ready-to-use Strategies &
Activites for Helping Children with Attention Deficit Disorder. San Francisco, CA, USA: Jossey-Bass.
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Daily
Behavior
Report
Date

Student's Name Green Yellow Red Action Taken


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Weekly Progress Report


Students Name: _____________________
Teacher:____________________________
For the Week of: ____________________

Student are able to earn a score of Plus best work/behavior, Plus-Check good work/behavior,
Check student needs improvement

Behavior
Assignments Completed on Time
Math
Reading
Social Studies
Science
Special

Please sign this form stating you have looked over the classwork and homework returned as well
as acknowledge the above grades for the week.

_________________________________ _________________________________

Signature Date

Comments:
Mrs. Mahans
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Home-School Letter

This Weeks Events Our Classroom News:


September 28 Wacky
Dear Parents and Students,
Wednesday
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wackiest wear to
exploring and discovering new ideas and
show your support
for the Christmas
information in Math, Reading, Science as well
Toy Drive! as Social Studies.

September 30 Blended In Math, we will be starting a unit on Addition


Sounds Test and Subtraction. We will start working with
practice your Fact Families. Parents, please encourage your
blended sounds!
children to discuss what Fact Families are and
how to find all of the members of a Fact
The Weather is Family. If you have any questions, please ask.
starting to get chilly, In Reading, we will start on learning our
so please make sure blended sounds this week. I will be sending
your child has a jacket home a list of blended sounds. Please review
these with your child each night. We will be
to wear during recess playing several games to help the children
every day. We dont learn this concept and will be testing their
want our friends to be knowledge at the end of the week.
ill due to getting cold In Science, we will continue our unit on plants.
We will be going to our homemade
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Mrs. Mahan seeds are doing. We will be writing in our
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35784 what our predictions will be for next week.
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t In Social Studies, we will continue talking
about the jobs of President and Vice President.
We will introduce them, find out about their