Classroom Management Plan
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
I believe in creating a safe, unbiased, and non-judgmental classroom environment for all students. I want my students to know how to respect and value the opinions of their fellow classmates, as well as come to class with a flexible and open mind. Student’s will be allowed to express their ideas, opinions, and emotions freely as long as they are appropriate and relate to current events or topics. I stress on creating a respectful community of critical thinkers and learners and I place emphasis on effective collaboration and meaningful discussion within the classroom. When students leave my classroom, I want them to be able to recognize the beauty of individuality through writing, reading, and meaningful conversation.
In order to maintain a safe and open learning environment, I expect students to come to class prepared and be aware of classroom rules and routines. As an educator, I will enforce and model the rules established at the beginning of the school year. I will also encourage positive behavior and redirect bad behavior. Furthermore, I believe in giving each student the opportunity to manage his or her own behavior and take responsibility for his or her own actions. I will treat students like young responsible adults and set high expectations for each student but also keeping in mind each of their individual needs. I believe in creating material that students find engaging, interesting and challenging to ensure they are productive at gaining a meaningful education.
Positive Learning Environment
A positive and safe learning environment is pertinent to classroom learning. According to the book Secondary School Teaching, creating an environment of relaxed alertness that’s “challenging yet nonthreatening” will enhance student learning and will allow for cognitive disequilibrium to take place (Kellough, 2011, p. 84). My classroom will include vibrant colors and posters that will motivate, encourage, and inspire students. Because I take pride in my students and their accomplishments, I will post student work on the walls. Furthermore, I believe in developing student-teacher relationships outside of the classroom, so I will designate an area in my class where students can share their personal but appropriate artwork, writings, poetry, and extracurricular activities. Students will be encouraged to bring in something that represents them to post on the wall.
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Homework, Assignments, and Grading
Because we are preparing students for college, I believe in cultivating positive study habits and strong work ethics, therefore, I will only allow a certain number of assignments to be turned in as late; however, I will allow extensions for illness and/or emergencies. I will adapt the standards-based grading system and will allow students to resubmit work until the standard is met.
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Student Expectations and Classroom Policies
I strongly believe that ALL students have the capacity to learn and thrive at school. In order to do so, students need to come to class with a positive attitude, open mind, and willingness to learn. Students will come to class prepared and ready to think logically and critically by using a variety of resources and strategies. In order to maintain this type of environment students must conform to the rules set by the school and by my classroom.
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I feel parents should take an active role in their students learning experience, therefore, I will make the classroom agenda, syllabus, and calendar readily available to them in Google Classroom. I will encourage parents to email me to discuss student needs and will be happy to schedule a phone, video, or in person conference. Furthermore, I will create a classroom website where parents can stay up to date on student activities.
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