Below are some of the specific elements of classroom organization and management that I would like to maintain in my classroom.
Norms and Expectations
- Respect yourself, the teacher, and other students.
- Put forth your best effort at all times.
- Engage in active and respectful listening when others are speaking.
- Take responsibility for your actions.
- Follow all rules of the school as specified in the student handbook.
- Report to class on time. School policies of tardiness will be enforced.
Some of the consequences for failing to follow the norms and expectations will depend on how the school deals with disciplinary measures. For minor issues, I hope to implement a restorative justice plan. For example, a student who is disruptive during class will be expected to apologize to both the class and teacher for preventing everyone else from learning. Because I believe in responding to behavior challenges by focusing on needs, recurring problems with students will result in a behavior conference between the teacher and student to determine the cause of the behavior. If this is still unsuccessful, a call home to discuss the issue with parents or guardians will be necessary.
- Verbal warning.
- Behavior conference with teacher.
- Call home for behavior conference with parents.
- Involve the Assistant Principal/administration.
Routines for each day will vary, but students will be able to expect the following:
- Students will begin class each day with a 10-minute bell work writing exercise that relates to the curriculum. For example, students will be asked to compose a creative writing response to a theme or topic from a novel we are reading. The bell work topic will be written on the board and students will write their responses to the bell work on a handout sheet. Bell work will be collected every Friday.
- Bell work time is also a time for attendance to be taken and for absent students to check in on missed homework and assignments with their study buddy.
- Handouts and information for absent students will be kept in a file organizer for students to access.
- The schedule for each day will be written on the board.
Because each day’s schedule is listed on the board, students will know exactly what we are doing in class each day and will be able to anticipate what we are doing next. Students will be expected to transition from one activity or project to the next (such as, bell work to jigsaw groups) in a quick and civilized manner
In addition to the basic norms and expectations of the classrooms, there are also procedures.
- Students will have one day for every day absent for the completion of missed assignments.
- Students are responsible for all missed assignments.
- All assignments that are not completed in class (for example, bell work) should be typed and written in MLA format.
- A limited number of extra pens, pencils and paper will be available to students, but they must bring their own books and other materials needed for class.
- Students may request to use the restroom or get a drink of water by raising their hand.
- Students are expected to pick up after themselves at the end of every class.