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Philosophical Statement

My philosophy about education and classroom management is not just one type. I believe

there are parts from multiple schools of thought that would be beneficial to implement into a

classroom. I maintain an equal appeal to Progressive, Perennialism, and Romanticism values.

From the Progressive school of thought, I want the students to be taught how to think and not

what to think. In order for them to thrive in higher education and society, they will need to learn

how to think for themselves and not let people tell them what they should think. Students should

be taught how to be caring and respectful citizens in the classroom as well. Some students do not

have any one at home to teach them the values of a good citizen. If they do not get a chance to

learn them in the classroom, the likelihood of them learning them is very slight. I agree with the

Perennialist school of thought in that there needs to be structure and order for things to run

smoothly. There can still be fun in the classroom without it being wild and uncontrollable. As for

the Romanticism views, I truly believe that children are good at heart. Most of the time when a

student is a problem child, it is because they do not get the love, attention, or affection they

need at home. When a child acts out, they are getting attention from the teacher. It fills the

craving that comes from a lack of those basic needs at home. Stemming from these various

schools of thought comes my general classroom goals. I want the classroom to be a place the

students feel safe. This includes being a judgement free space. I want there to be mutual respect

between myself and the students in the class.

Behavior Management

I really like the idea of a clip chart to help manage behavior. All students start in the

middle of the chart each day. The choice of going up, representing good behavior, or down,

representing bad behavior, each day is up to the student each day. Kids will have bad days. There
is no doubt about that. It is how the students react after the bad day that is what counts. Each day

the students will start in the middle of the chart. They get to clip up for positive behaviors. Not

every single positive behavior they do will allow them to clip up. This will emphasize the point

that they need to be nice all the time and not just when they are in the classroom. The students

will clip down for negative behaviors. Again, not every negative behavior they have will cause

them to clip down. At the end of each day, the students will write keep track of the color they

were on. This will allow us to see if there are patterns in their behavior. As for the student, it will

show them if they are behaving like they should be or not. At the end of each month, the students

will get prizes if they have 10 days over the course of the month on the highest stage. They will

get a smaller prize if they have five days over the course of the month on the highest stage. If a

student is on the lowest stage actions will be taken that day. This will include a phone call home

to the parents or guardians to let them know about the behavior being exhibited in the classroom.

Students will be punished for being on the second stage of the behavior chart. This punishment

will include an apology letter for their bad behavior.

Rules, Routines, and Procedure

treat others as you would want to be treated. It is such a simple rule but can be hard to

follow sometimes. Another rule would be to


always tell the truth. Lying will not be tolerated in the classroom. Lying is so pointless in

my opinion.
No talking when the teacher is talking to the class.

The first rule is a simple one but can be hard to follow. Lying will absolutely not be tolerated in

my classroom. The students cannot be paying attention to what I am trying to teach them if they

are talking with their friends. I will tell the students on the first day of school the rules I will have
in my classroom. I will allow them to suggest rules to be implemented in the classroom as well.

Students are more likely to follow the rules if they get to be a part of the decision-making

process. I will have a poster in the room for the students to refer to when they need to. The

students cannot say they do not know the rules if they are hanging on the wall from the

beginning of the school year. The morning routine will be that the students get their stuff out of

their backpacks that they will need throughout the day. They will put their backpack in the closet.

The students will eat their breakfast and work on their morning work. This will allow the

students to get settled for the day before actually starting the day. The students will meet in a

circle to get ready to start the day. For the afternoon, the students will start packing their things

15 minutes before it is time to leave school. The students will meet in a circle on the floor. This

will allow the students to share anything they feel the need to before going home for the day.

Classroom Environment

The desks will be set up in pods. Depending on how big the class is will determine how

big the pods are. My desk will be in a spot where all I can see all the students at their desks and

in various spots around the room. The walls will have educational posters on them to help the

students with various topics. There will be an extra table by my desk for students to sit at if they

need help with something or if some other reason comes up. I like to have a lot of decorations on

the walls and in the room, but I know this can be distracting for students. I will have some fun

things on the walls because I cannot stand having empty walls. I will limit the items I have out to

limit the distractions in my classroom.

Instructional Strategies
For instructional strategies, I will use a mix of visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and reading

and writing. This will allow for students from all the categories be able to learn the material. If I

only use one type of strategy not all the students may understand what I am trying to teach.

Using a variety of strategies allows for the students to learn new things in fun and interesting

ways. The use of multiple strategies will allow for different types of learning as well. Sometimes

we will be in a whole group. Other times the students may work one partner or a small group.

Other times the work may require the students to work individually on an assignment or project.

The various types of styles will allow for different experiences for the students as well.

Evaluation and Reflection

I will be taking aspects from a variety of different techniques to manage my classroom. I

will be using mostly the Progressive type of teaching philosophy. I like different parts of

different philosophies, but I lean towards this one more. I think this is the style I am most

comfortable when learning a topic so I am most comfortable teaching this way. I will implement

a clip chart to help with behavior in my classroom. Some of the rules will be developed by the

students on the first day of school to allow for them to be more likely to follow them. I will have

a few of my own rules, but they will have the chance to add to them. I will use a mix of teaching

styles to help the students be better able to learn the material I am teaching.