"Classroom Management Plan"
Amber Mann SPCED 361 Classroom Management Plan A. Classroom Management The teacher enforces all school rules in the classroom, and the students follow them. Students are permitted to leaved their seats without asking permission in order to get a sharpened pencil, put away supplies, or get Kleenex. If students need to use the restroom, they must raise their hand and ask permission. If students need a teacher or paraprofessional’s help with their work, they must raise their hand and wait patiently for the adult to come to them. Students should not need to ever leave the room. The restroom is located inside of the classroom. If a student has a special circumstance that requires them to leave the room, the teacher or a paraprofessional will accompany them. Students should use an appropriate speaking volume at all times, regardless of the classroom activity. Students should always use their “indoor voices.” The only exception is if the teacher or paraprofessional asks the student to make an announcement to the class, such as when the day’s lunch menu is read to the class. If the class is in group discussion, often times hand raising is not required. During times other than this, students raise their hand and wait to be called on. Talking out is discouraged, but there is no consequence for doing so. The practicum students in the classroom enforce all school rules as well. They may call on students if someone raises their hand to ask permission to leave their seat. The practicum student may accompany a student if they need to leave the classroom for any reason. The practicum student may warn students if the noise level in the classroom is getting too loud. If a student has their hand raised for any reason, the practicum student may call on a student to see what they need. Often times the practicum student can help the student with whatever they need. If they cannot, they will get the attention of the teacher or a paraprofessional to assist the student or answer a question. B. Beginning the Class and Attendance When students enter the classroom at the beginning of the school day, they are to hang up their backpacks, put away their coats, and go to their seats. After recess, lunch, and other activities when the class leaves the room, all students are expected to return to their seats as soon as they enter the classroom. When a student arrives to school after the beginning of the school day (8:30am), the parent or guardian must bring the student to the office, where the secretary will write them a pass to bring with them to the teacher. The teacher takes attendance around 9am, and absences are reported to the main office. When students enter the school building, they are to go straight to their classroom. If they are tardy, they must first go to the main office and get a tardy slip to bring to their teacher. If a student arrives to school in order to eat breakfast before the school day starts, they should report to the cafeteria as soon as they enter the school building. To get the students’ attention in the classroom, the teacher will raise her voice and begin to speak, and the students know to quiet down. The practicum students will remind the students to go to their seats when they enter the classroom if they do not do so in a reasonable time. The practicum student will also remind to students to sit down if they are up walking around the classroom without asking permission to get up. The practicum students notice any students not paying attention to the teacher when announcements are being made, they may go to a students desk and remind them to pay attention to what the teacher is saying. C. Paper Work Students keep all of their materials in their art box in their desk. If other materials are required, the teacher or paraprofessionals will pass them out, or assign a student to pass them out to the other students. Student work is collected in various ways, depending on the nature of the assignment. The teacher collects some assignments to be turned in. For other assignments, the students are asked to put them in their mailboxes at the front of the room, in order to take them home at the end of the day. Occasionally the teacher will request that one student pick up each student’s assignment and turn it in to her. If students are absent on a day that an assignment is due, they will give it to the teacher or a paraprofessional when they get to the classroom in the morning. It depends on the situation how late assignments will be graded. If a student has an excused absence, generally there is no late penalty. As long as the assignment is handed in on the assigned date, there is no late penalty, regardless of what time of the day it is handed in. If the student does not have an excused absence, the teacher may choose to take away a couple points from the assignment depending on how late the assignment was turned in. If students miss school on a day that a test is given, the teacher will review the material with the student on the day that they return, and they will be tested on the following day. Practicum students may pass out paperwork when needed. If paperwork is being collected, the practicum student may do it, or inform the student collecting the papers where to put the papers. D. Dismissal from Class or School Students are not permitted to get out of their seats before class is finished. They must wait patiently in their seats until the teacher calls on them to get up and line up by the door. An exception to this might be if a student is getting up to wash their hands before lunch. There are no school bells, but the students are not permitted to leave the classroom until the teacher dismisses them. The teacher will not keep any students after school unless prior notice has been given to the parent or guardian. Practicum students may give students permission to leave their seats if they need to. Practicum students may dismiss students from the class if the teacher or paraprofessionals are busy, as long as there is someone at the door to walk the students to wherever they are going. E. Special Duties (hall, recess, lunchroom, restroom, buses) In the hallway, students are to stay on the right side of the hallway. If they are walking with their class, they must stay in line in the order in which they left the classroom. No one is permitted to cut in front of other students or to lag behind. Students are to keep their hands to themselves at all times. During recess, students need to stay on their assigned playground unless they get permission from the teacher to go to the other playground. Students should use the same manners on the playground that they do in the classroom. If students are being rude or causing problems with any other students, they must sit on the ground near the fence for the rest of recess time. Students are allowed to play in the field, but they cannot wander too far away from the playground. Students are allowed to run on the playground, but not on the sidewalk. Throwing rocks or gravel is not allowed. Students have to be careful when on or near the swings to avoid kicking other students or being kicked themselves. In the lunchroom, students who have brought their lunches must go straight to their table and sit down. Students buying their lunch must go straight to the lunch line and wait patiently, keeping their hands to themselves. Once they have been given their lunch trays, they must go straight to their table and sit down. If a student needs to get up and throw something away, get a napkin, or use the restroom, they must raise their hand and get permission from the teacher, paraprofessionals, or another nearby teacher. When using the restroom, students are not allowed to play around in the bathroom. They need to get in and out as quickly as possible. Because the students use the restroom in the classroom, there is only one stall, so the students must be quick in case another student needs to use the bathroom. The students are supposed to wash their hands in the sink in the classroom, not the one in the bathroom, except when washing their hands to get ready for lunch, in which case both sinks are used by students. The school does not have buses, so students are picked up by their parents at the end of the school day. The teacher’s responsibility in the hallway is to make sure that the students are behaving and keeping quiet. At recess, the teacher may stand and supervise, or may walk around the playground and socialize with the students. At lunchtime, the teacher goes to the teacher’s lounge, and the paraprofessionals are in change of the class in the lunchroom. The teacher does not go into the restroom with the students unless someone calls to the teacher for assistance. The paraprofessionals walk outside with the students at the end of the school day. Students are generally never sent to the office for infractions, but they may lose privileges when they return to the classroom later. The practicum students have the same responsibilities as the paraprofessionals during recess, walking in the hall, lunchroom duty, and when students are using the restroom. F. Special Situations In the afternoon when the students have specials (music, art, etc.), the paraprofessionals accompany the students to these classes. The class does not have specific assigned seating for assemblies, but they do sit together as a class. The teacher or paraprofessionals may choose to seat some students away from others if they are causing conflicts with each other. If there is a fire drill, the students line up orderly and follow the teacher to exit the classroom to the nearest outside door (to the left of the classroom). The fire drill is a continuous sound. If there is a lock-down, the classroom is closed and locked, and students stay away from any windows or doors. If there is a bomb scare, the teacher will be informed and the students will get in line and follow the teacher to exit out the nearest outside door. If there is a tornado drill, the alarm is a series of beeps. The students line up and follow the teacher out into the hallway, where they sit facing the wall, covering their heads with their hands. During a tornado drill, fire drill, or bomb scare, the teacher turns the lights off and locks the door once everyone has exited the classroom. Attendance is taken once everyone is outside, or in the case of a storm drill, attendance is taken once everyone has taken their places against the wall. During a lock down, the teacher will turn out the lights and lock the classroom. The teacher may do a quick head count, but generally the students do not leave the classroom, so they should all be in the room already. For indoor recess, the students stay in the classroom and take a break from their work. They may be allowed to play with the games and puzzles in the room during this time. The teacher will give the students a warning to allow them time to clean up five minutes before the indoor recess time is over. Students are not permitted to run around the classroom or use their outdoor voices. The practicum students may accompany students to their specials (art, music, etc.), and may lead the class to these classes. The practicum students will sit with the students during assemblies in order to monitor student behavior. During drills, the practicum students will help the teacher and paraprofessionals in any way needed.