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									  Classroom Management Plan



          Aaron Cripe


Classroom Behavioral Management
          Educ- 360- A



       October 20, 2007
Descriptive Statement:

       This classroom management plan will provide structure for my rules and

procedures of my classroom. This paper will serve as a guideline for me to explore

various options when I am creating my own classroom rules, procedures, and

expectations. In this paper I will be exploring several behavioral theorists and applying

their ideas to my own of classroom management. This paper will help provide an overall

idea of how I plan to handle discipline in my future classroom.



Philosophy of Classroom Management:

       My classroom management plan takes a look at various theorists’ beliefs and

ideas that I want to implement into my classroom. I feel that combining my top ten

beliefs will help maximize success in my classroom. My overall goal is to create a warm

and welcoming classroom for all of my students. The best way that I know how to do

that is by establishing a positive student-teacher relationship with all of my students. For

this to occur I will have to demonstrate strong leadership in and out of my classroom.

My top ten beliefs are all different, however, they all tie back to forming a positive

student-teacher relationship.

My Top Ten Beliefs:

   Haim Ginott believes in the idea of discipline through congruent communication.

Congruent communication is communication dealing with the students’ feelings about

situations and themselves. The main idea about congruent communication is that it

addresses situations, not the student. It is designed to not diminish the student’s

personality or dignity. Ginott says that teachers are not supposed to preach, impose guilt,
or demand promises. Instead they should treat the students as equals who are capable of

making their own decisions, whether they are right or wrong. I think this is very

important for a classroom. The idea that the teacher is not just a higher authority and the

students should do as the teacher says will not amount to a lot in a classroom. I believe

that in order for a classroom the students need to trust and respect the teacher. This can

only happen through congruent communication amongst the teacher and student. If the

teacher is constantly putting down the students why would they ever want to work hard

for the teacher or even want to go to his/her classroom. Proper communication can help

stimulate healthy relationship which will in turn help the overall atmosphere of the

classroom. That is why I feel that Ginott’s idea of congruent communication will help

my classroom in the future.

   One behavioral theorist that has influenced my own personal classroom management

has been Alfie Kohn. I especially am interested in his idea of creating the classroom into

a learning community. By learning community he means a place where students feel

safe, secure, cared about, valued, and respected. He basically wants the classroom to

have a positive climate where all the students feel equal. In this learning community

there would be no labeling of students; however, there would be the idea of everyone is

equal. Some ways of having a learning community would be building a healthy student-

teacher relationship, enhancing connections with students, promoting classroom

meetings, and classroom activities. I think the positive community amongst the students

would eliminate so many of the discipline problems that may arise in a typical classroom.

This idea also provides an atmosphere that allows students to be more willing to

participate. If the learning community is strong enough students will not care if they are
wrong, or if they make mistakes. However, in most classrooms some students are scared

to death to raise their hands to participate. If a teacher can truly provide a positive

learning community in their classroom I feel that this classroom will have a great

probability for success.

       The belief that classroom discipline leads to inner discipline is a something that I

think would be a good fit in my classroom. Barbara Coloroso believes that students need

to be able to make intelligent decisions, accept the consequences of their decisions, and

use the consequences to help make better decisions in the future. According to Coloroso

when teachers feel that they need to control their students they have to use bribes,

rewards, threats, and punishments. However, if the teacher works with his/her students to

help make better decisions, the teacher will not have to use those tactics and can

concentrate more on teaching. I am going to be a teacher who trusts my students, and

will help them understand why certain decisions should or should not be made. This falls

back to establishing a healthy student-teacher relationship. It is important for teachers to

understand that students will not always make the best decisions, however they should be

able to learn from their mistakes. That is why a student making a poor decision is not

always a bad thing, because the best lessons often occur because of a mistake.

   Harry and Rosemary Wong strongly believe that classroom management will make or

break a teacher. They also believe that the first five minutes of every classroom is very

important to how the day/year is going to go. They feel that the first five minutes is a

time for the students to begin working on a daily activity and for the teacher to take

attendance. I agree with their beliefs. I think it is very important to have a bell ringer

activity ready for the students to begin working on when they take their seat. The
students should know what to do everyday when they walk in my classroom. This

provides a sense of structure to the classroom, which is very important to have good

classroom management. Thus I feel that is idea will help my classroom at least get off to

a good start everyday.

   The win-win discipline’s main goal is to help students develop long-term, self

managed responsibility. Kagan, Kyle, and Scott believe strongly that in order for this

theory to be successful in the classroom, the teacher needs to work with the students to

find a common goal between the two. I think it is important to try and confront the

student immediately when I think that the student is distracting others. The teacher

should handle the situation based on what the student is doing that is causing the

disruption. The teacher should not handle every situation in the same way. This is why it

is extremely important for a teacher to be able to relate to his/her students. Every student

is different and that is why the teacher should know how to approach them to maximize

success with the student. I plan on using the win-win discipline strategies in my

classroom because I feel that it is important to give your students some responsibilities.

In a secondary level, the students should already know right from wrong and with that the

students gain responsibilities. I think this will allow for a good teacher-student

relationship in my classroom.

   Marvin Marshall hopes by allowing students the power of choice that it will give

them a sense of responsibility. In the classroom it is good to allow students to have

choices, especially when establishing rules and procedures. I think that it is important to

let students have a say in the consequences of the rules and procedures. They will be less

likely to break a rule that they established then one that the teacher has created. The
power of choice in a classroom should carry into the student’s everyday life. When a

hard spot arises for a student they will know that they are capable of making this choice

for themselves not for anyone else. Everybody should understand that they have the

power of choice, and that is why I feel that it is important for my students to have the

power of choice in my classroom.

   Morrish has a belief known as real discipline, which is where he feels that the

students do not come to school understanding how to behave responsibly. He feels that it

is something that in a sense the students need to be taught. If not taught then they need a

guided hand to help them with everyday situations until they have learned how to behave

responsibly. He feels that this is a learning process for the students not just one event

where they will learn everything. Teachers need to work with the students to establish

exactly what the common goal is between the students and the teacher. This is done

through teacher leadership. The teacher needs to do as he says, in other words, he/she

needs to model exactly what he/she wants from their students. For this concept to work,

the teacher needs to be patient and willing to work with the students because they might

not all understand the first time. I want to bring the concept of real discipline into my

classroom to encourage interaction between the teacher and students. This idea should

help me, as a teacher; better teach my students exactly what I expect from them. Thus we

both should be on the same page.

   Another belief that Morrish has is the idea that the first two weeks of school should

be taught like a training camp. By this he means that teachers should make sure that they

establish clear expectations, goals, rules, and procedures. The first two weeks of school

is the first chance the teacher has to make an impression on the students and that is why it
is so important to use this time wisely. This reminds me of coaching; the idea that in the

first week of practices it is important to establish that you are the coach. They need to

respect the coach but also feel that they can trust the coach. The same has to occur in a

classroom the students need to understand who the teacher is, but also realize that they

should not hesitate to trust the teacher with anything. I want to make it a point of

emphasis to work extremely hard to make everything as clear as possible for my students

in the first two weeks. I feel that the better understanding that we have of each other the

better likelihood of success as an overall classroom.

   Fred Jones believes in the idea of, what he calls, say, see, do teaching. This is

basically saying that the teacher needs allow for interaction between the students and the

teacher throughout the lesson. Jones puts large emphasis that in the typical classroom

students are forced to sit and be quiet way too often throughout the lessons. He really

encourages teachers to create lessons that allow students the chance to participate in the

lesson. I am not the kind of teacher to just stand in front and lecture and that is why I

agree with Jones. I want my classroom to be as stimulating as possible. I want my

students to be involved and for them not to be afraid to raise their hand during my lesson.

This all revolves around the idea of forming a positive student-teacher relationship.

   I also agree that body language is very important for both the teacher and students in

the classroom. Body language is another one of Fred Jones beliefs to help have a

successful classroom. The main points of body language that Jones points out are: proper

breathing, eye contact, physical proximity, body carriage, and facial expressions. If the

teacher portrays these five aspects positively in his/her classroom then it is more likely

that their students will follow suit. The important part about this concept is the fact that
all of these go hand-in-hand, without one they are not as meaningful. That is why it is

extremely important for a teacher to be aware of all these aspects of body language at all

times in or outside the classroom. Students are always watching teachers and that is why

it is important for teachers to conduct themselves positively at all times. I plan to really

work hard to have a positive body language at all times, even if I am having a terrible

day.

       The teacher has to make sure to model his top ten beliefs if he/she wants their

students to model them in return. I call this leading by example. The students will

follow the teachers lead in the classroom. This all starts with establishing strong rules

and procedures and sticking to them. If a rule is broken then it is the teacher’s job to

make sure that the consequence is applied to the situation. If a teacher can have ten

strong beliefs and he/she follows and also establish clear rules and procedures then the

teacher should have a successful year.



Procedures and Routines:

       Procedures and routines are very important to a successful classroom. The most

important thing is that the students and teacher all are on the same page. If the teacher

says something that he/she expects but then does not enforce it, this allows for the

students to not take anything the teacher says seriously. That is why it is extremely

important for the students and the teacher to understand one another.

       One important aspect of a classroom would be students turning in their work. I

feel that it is very important to have a separate basket or tray for every class. In a

secondary setting you may have two to eight classes throughout the day all in the same
classroom. That is why it is extremely important that every student knows exactly where

his/her homework goes. Now I also feel that it is best to collect the student’s homework

all at the same time. So after we go over the homework, as a class I will collect the

homework. I want to collect the homework at the beginning of class so that the students

know they have to have the homework done when they come to class. The students will

not be tempted with doing the homework during my lesson. Now the basket or tray will

be there for students to turn in late homework, and the students will also know to write

LATE on top of their paper if it is late.

       Also the beginning of class is very important for me as a teacher, which the

Wongs also believe strongly about. I, as the teacher, will have some sort of

activity/assignment on the board or projector before the students come to class. The

students will know that whenever they get to my class they are to take their seat and

begin working on the activity/assignment. At this time I will be taking attendance and

observing the students moods/attitudes for the day. This will also allow any time for the

teacher to prepare for the lesson. Students will have one sheet of paper per week that

they will do their bell work on. I will collect this bell work sheet at the end of each week,

and grade merely on participation. After it appears that most students have finished the

bell work activity I will then proceed to go over the activity to make sure all the students

are on the same page. This will also provide an opportunity for student participation.

         One of my goals as a teacher is to be able to quiet my students down without any

fancy trick. I want to establish the idea that when I am in front of the class just looking

around, I want them to give me their attention. However, I feel that it is important when

going over rules and procedures to have a back-up plan. I think that a commonly used,
but effective one is to flash the lights when you want the class’s attention. It is both

simple and effective which is why I like the idea. When going over my rules and

procedures I will tell the students my overall goal by the end of the year, but then I will

also tell them that if I flash the lights that means I want their attention. There will be

consequences for not getting quiet after I flash the lights. The first will probably be a talk

after class, and then we will discuss further options with the students input.

        My students will be expected to attend and participate in every class. Attendance

is a large part of understanding math, because each section builds on the others. I

understand that not every student will be able to be in every class, however they will need

to come talk to me about the situation so we can figure out what is the best way to handle

them missing class. I will be more then willing to work with the student one-on-one over

the material that they missed, or to provide them with whatever practice they may need.

This can only occur if the student talks to me about why he/she missed and what I can do

to help them succeed. Participation will not be graded, but will be expected out of all my

students to the best of their ability. I understand that every student will not be able to

participate in every class, and that is why I am not going to grade participation. If I feel

that a student is not participating in my classes, I will have a meeting with them one-on-

one after class to figure out a solution.

        I am going to require that all my students get out of their seats to turn in their

homework and the beginning of class. I will be willing to make exceptions if need be.

However, I want homework turn in time to be an opportunity for all of my students to

have a chance to get out of their seats. I do not feel that if this is done correctly that it

will waste any valuable time. Instead I think that when the students come back from
turning their homework in, they will be ready to begin. I will place the tray in a corner of

my room and I will clearly explain that this is a time to get out of your seat and turn in

your homework. It will usually happen around the first fifteen minutes of class each day.

        At the end of every period there will be time for me to recap the lesson or to work

on the homework. It will be clear that no one is allowed to be out of their seat at the door

when the bell rings. I plan to have a strict rule that there will be no lining up at the door

before the bell. I think that makes the teacher look bad and it just causes problems for the

students. The students will be required to be at their seat when the bell rings before they

can go. I do not plan to make them wait for me to tell them that they can go; they will be

allowed to leave on the bell. I do not think it is fair to take into their time as long as they

do as I have asked.

Implementation of Classroom Management Practices

        In a secondary setting I do not feel that it is extremely important to have a lot of

rules/expectations. I do feel that it is extremely beneficial to have between five and ten

strong rules/expectations. I plan to use part of the first day to go over these

rules/expectations with my class. I want to come up with my five most important rules

and share them with my class. I will encourage them to add or talk about any other

rules/expectations that they might want in the classroom. Also with each rule/expectation

we, as a class, will discuss possible consequences that coincide with each

rule/expectation. I think that it is important for students to have a say in the

consequences because they will be the ones experiencing those consequences. I will then

type up a revised form of my rules/expectations and give it to the students on day two. I

do not think that is something that should take up more then fifteen to twenty minutes in
a secondary classroom. However, I do realize the important of clearly establishing class

rules/expectations. It is very important that the teacher makes sure that he/she enforces

these rules/expectations everyday. To ensure this is happening I will encourage my

students to talk to me one-on-one about anything that they see going on in the classroom

that I have not done anything about. I want my students to be able to talk to me about

problems that are distracting them from obtaining their maximal success.

       I plan to use multiple ways to engage my students and ensure that learning is

occurring in my classroom. I think it is extremely important for a teacher to let the

students voice their opinion about your teaching every once in awhile. I will require,

with their homework, my students to write something that they liked about my teaching

and something they wish I would improve on. I will assign this activity once every two

or three weeks. They will not be required to put their names on the paper, and if they

want they can type it out so I will not be able to recognize hand writing. I also plan to

have weekly quizzes to check and make sure all the students are on the same page. This

will also help the students figure out if they should be seeking additional help from either

me or someone else. I also want to really try and teach to all the levels of intelligences. I

understand that it is not something that is easy to do in a secondary math setting, but that

will be one thing that I will be focusing on especially in my first couple years of teaching.

I plan on really engaging students by relating the content to them, the students. I will try

and focus the content on them. I want my students to want to learn, to not think that math

is hard and no fun. One of my overall goals is to teach my students that math can be fun,

and that everyone can learn it.
       One of my goals as a teacher is to be able to prevent most of the distractions by

my students by engaging my students in my lessons. I want my students to be so

concentrated on learning that they can not even misbehave. That is why it is extremely

important to establish clear-cut rules/expectations in the classroom. The students and

teacher need to be on the same page in order to try and prevent misbehavior from

occurring. I understand that students are going to misbehave but my goal is to try and

minimize that in my classroom with preventative measures. When a student is

misbehaving I will use proximity to give the student a chance to correct his/her behavior

without me having to say anything. I will also use eye contact and possibly body

language to get the students attention without singling him/her out. These are examples

of supportive ways of dealing with misbehavior without singling the student out in front

of the classroom. It is very important for a teacher to not embarrass a student by his/her

actions because at the secondary level the student may already have really low self-

esteem. That is why supportive actions are very important. However, if the student

continues to misbehave then sometimes the teacher has no other option but use corrective

methods to fix the problem. I will walk over to the student and even tap their desk to

give them one more chance to correct their behavior. In a secondary level I feel that the

students know the difference between right and wrong and are capable of making the

right choices. That is why I am a firm believer in letting the student fix his/her behavior

before I have to get too involved. If the misbehavior continues then I will verbally ask

the student to stop and possibly ask them to stay after class so we can discuss this

problem. I believe that talking with a student one-on-one is the best way to solve

misbehavior issues. This gives the student a chance to tell you what is going on, why
he/she is acting the way that they are. More times then not there is something else going

on in their lives that are causing them to act out.

       My ideal classroom arrangement is very simple. I prefer a traditional set-up

compared to a unique one. I think that it is less distracting for the students to have a

traditional set up, where the desks are very symmetrical and the teacher’s desk is in the

front of the room. The classroom arrangement can be used as a preventative measure for

students misbehaving. I believe strongly in the idea of simple but effective and that is

why I choose to set up my classroom in a very simple manner.
                                                             Indian Springs Middle School
                                                                  1692 South State Road 9
                                                                 Columbia City, IN 46725

                                                                       November 26, 2007

Dear Parents/Guardians of (Name of My Student),


        My name is Mr. Aaron Cripe and I teach math in the middle school. This is my
first year teaching, so it is very important that we are able to work together to maximize
the success of the students. The purpose of this letter is for to better understand what my
expectations are for this year.
        My overall goal is to create a warm and welcoming classroom for all of my
students. I want my students to be able to come and talk to me if they have questions
about what we have been going over in class. I will arrive at school everyday at 7:30
A.M. and if your student needs help that would be a great time for me to provide one on
one help.
        Also I will post all my assignments and grades on the school’s website, so you
should feel free to check it daily. If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to
give me a call. Our job is to work to together to maximize the success of the students. If
you know that your student is going to be absent from my class in advance I would
strongly encourage you to let me know as soon as possible. That way we can figure out
the best way to help your student stay on top of everything in class. In math it is
extremely important to not fall behind because everything builds off earlier material.
        Let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this school year. I look
forward to working work both you and your student this year. Thanks for your time, and I
hope to have a great year!

Sincerely,

Mr. Cripe


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