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Introduction Classroom Rules & Procedures

I would like to welcome you and your student to my 11) Students are expected to attend class every day and be on
classroom. In order to provide a safe, positive, engaging, and time. Students are permitted 2 tardies and 2 absences per
semester. Subsequent tardies or absences will incur
constructive learning environment for my students, I have
consequences. This will reinforce the importance of
established a specific approach to teaching and classroom attendance punctuality.
management, along with rules and procedures that you can 12) Students are able to turn in missing, late, or incomplete
read more about in this brochure. assignments for half credit. If advance permission was granted,
an assignment may be turned in late with no mark-down. This
rule allows student an opportunity for redemption, and
5 Approaches to Teaching teaches the importance of pre-planning.
13) Students will treat each other fairly and equitably in the
The Behavioral Approach utilizes the use of reinforcers to
classroom. Bias and favoritism do not lead to a trusting/safe
produce observable responses, thereby conditioning the learning environment.
student to learn new skills and behaviors (Slavin, 2018). One 14) Students will treat all persons in the classroom with dignity
approach is the token economy, where a student and respect. Bullying, intolerance, and prejudice have no
accomplishes a skill or behavior in order to earn tokens place in the classroom, or in civil society.
(stickers, coins, check marks, etc.). When a specified number 15) Students are not to consume, or even possess, medications
while in the classroom. All medications should be delivered to
of tokens is earned, the student receives a back-up reinforcer
the school by a parents and left in the care of the school nurse.
(a prize that has a perceived value to the student), which Substance abuse/misuse can become a major problem for
rewards the student for their new skill or modified behavior students if the proper safeguards are not in place.
(Blumberg, Juarez, & Stainbrook, 2015).
The Cognitive Approach focuses on what students think,
believe, desire, etc. (Biehler & Snowman, 1997). In this
approach to teaching, teachers may use logical consequences
to modify behavior by stopping the misbehavior then
“provide an action that recalls children to the rules, reinstates
the limits, and teaches alternative behaviors” (Charney, 2011).
The Humanist Approach focuses on helping students fulfill
human growth need of self-actualization. This can be This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND

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Classroom Rules & Procedures 5 Approaches to Teaching (cont.)
Accomplished by using classroom meetings, where the
6) During teacher instruction, independent work time, or students are empowered to make decisions about the class,
tests, students are not to talk to each other, unless are responsible for their own learning, and self-regulate their
instructed to do so. During small group work or class own behavior (Bafile, 2016).
discussion, students are to talk to each other in a The Social Psychological Approach focuses on the
conversational voice without projecting or shouting. This
development of social skills to motivate learning. Group or
will allow students to concentrate on their classwork
team activities increase student motivation because students
without being distracted
7) Students may only drink water at anytime during class, feel an obligation to perform for the benefit of the other
provided that it is in a container with a lid/cap that seals. group members. In the classroom, this approach can take the
Student may only eat during class with express form of cooperative learning where students work together in
permission by the teacher. This will help students with groups toward achieving a common goal (Biehler &
time managements skills, so that they utilize nutrition Snowman, 1997).
and lunch breaks for their intended purposes. Social-Emotional Learning assists students in developing the
8) Students are to refrain from approaching the teacher’s social, emotional, and educational competencies necessary
desk and items in/on it if the teacher is not seated or for success academically and in life (The Collaborative for
standing at the desk. Students may not remove items Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, 2019).
form the teacher’s desk without express permission from
the teacher. This helps to reinforce boundaries and My Approach to teaching
teaches students to respect the personal items of others.
9) Students are expected to follow directions and ask for In my Integrated Math I & II classes I utilize the
clarification if they do not understand the directions. cognitive approach to teaching. Instead of merely providing
This will assist students to develop accountability for their my students with information (formulas, theorems,
actions and behaviors. mathematical concepts) to memorize and practice, I prefer to
10) Unless otherwise instructed by the teacher, students are build off the information they have already mastered and
to remain in their assigned seats or groups and may not
have the students learn new information through discovery,
wander the classroom or linger at or near other student’s
research, trial & error, debate, and discussion. As students
desks. This helps students develop self-control and
identify solutions, their results are verified before they begin
applying them to real-world problems.

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Modifications Classroom Rules & Procedures

For some students, the cognitive teaching 1) Students are expected to participate in classroom
discussions, but shall raise their hands and wait to be
approach may not the best or most ideal approach
called upon by the designated discussion leader (either
for learning. For those students, I am able to the teacher or a student) before talking, including during
modify my classroom instruction to accommodate instructional time. This is meant to provide an organized
their individual needs, without the modifications learning environment where students learn to respect
standing out. what others have to say by listening without interrupting.
2) When entering the classroom, students shall proceed
For students with IEPs due to a disability, I directly to their assigned seats and begin preparing for
will make adjustments in strict accordance with the the classroom discussion that commences when the bell
requirements of the plan. For students with rings to start class. At the end of the period, students
intellectual disabilities, I will provide more direct shall remain in their assigned seats until the bell rings to
dismiss class. This will help to maximize the amount of
instruction with specified assignments, goals and class time that is devoted to learning.
expectations. 3) Students should arrive to class with their textbook,
For students that are designated English pencils and pens, paper, calculator, and other materials as
Learners (EL), I will provide a more social required.
4) If students are missing any items, they may use/borrow
psychological approach by having students work in
materials (except for the textbook) that I provide for
groups with bilingual students (that speak their students. These materials are to be gathered before the
native language) in order to translate words or tardy bell rings. Rules 3 and 4 are important because
concepts, so that the language barrier is not student's need the required materials to efficiently and
preventing them from mastering mathematical effectively contribute to class discussions and classwork.
5) Students may use the restroom without asking
concepts and principles. permission anytime during class except for the first and
last ten minutes of class. Only one student at a time is
permitted to leave the class to use the restroom.

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