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Published by Caitlin Hawkins
A description of my classroom management plan for my future classroom.
A description of my classroom management plan for my future classroom.

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Published by: Caitlin Hawkins on Apr 28, 2013
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Classroom Management & Communication PlanClassroom management is something that has to be individualized for eachteacher and each set of students. Strategies a teacher uses when working withone set of students may be completely different from the strategies that sameteacher uses with another set of students. Conversely, two teachers may usecompletely different strategies with the same set of students and accomplishthe same goals. This is why it is important for all educators to have anunderstanding of multiple classroom management theories and strategies.My personal classroom management beliefs consist of different parts of manymethodologies. I agree with the noninterventionists that negative behaviorsare often caused by unfulfilled needs s
tudents have, but I don’t agree that 
unfulfilled needs are the explicit cause of misbehaviors. Teachers and studentsshould both take responsibility for their behaviors. I think that showing that teachers are also held accountable helps students accept reprimand morereadily when behavior modification does need to happen. Along with this, Istrongly believe that students need to be involved in developing solutions tobehavior problems so that they can be included in the discussion of why theirbehavior is unacceptable and can help find a solution that will work for them.Differentiation in classroom management is equally as important asdifferentiation in teaching content.Interventionists advocate for a set of expectations written for both studentsand the teacher. This is a strategy that I support, but I would alter it in that Iwould involve students in writing the expectations and rules that will beenforced in my classroom. I firmly believe that clear expectations and goodlesson planning that keeps students engaged make a difference in eliminatingmisbehavior.Interactionist theories are something that I have just began to experiencefirst-hand and I have found that while they require a lot of set-up to beeffective, they are worth the effort. Allowi
ng students to manage each other’s
behaviors and solve problems on their own will teach them life skills and helpstudents to invest more fully in the classroom. I believe that teachers will stillneed to be able to step in at times and help students solve problems whenthey are unable to solve them on their own, but the idea of having students at least attempt it first appeals to me.I strongly believe in being open with students about the logic behindclassroom policies and activities being utilized. One major point that this book 
makes is that responsibility is more effective than obedience, hence not 
simply telling students to do something, “because I said so” but instead
showing students how doing the task will help them in the future. This createsmore of a mutual power model. Personally, I value this model of power andcontrol relations in the classroom.Due to the beliefs I hold I will structure my classroom in a way that encourages students to view each other as equals and keep me from beingable
to stand up front and lecture at them. I will arrange my student’s desks so
that they face each other in pairs so that when partner work is done they have
a designated person to work with. I will not have a designated “front of theroom” spot for myself t 
o stand, so I am constantly reminded to circulatethroughout the classroom. This kind of set-up will also make it easier for meto incorporate strategies which keep students actively engaged in theirlearning which, ultimately, will help me with my classroom management 
because the students will be busy enough working together that they won’t 
have time to misbehave.By seating students in rows facing each other I will also be able to ask them towork with the person across from them, or to the left or right side of them. Bynot placing students in groups it is less likely that cliques will occur and that students will be distracted talking between table groups. This set-up alsoallows me to change seating arrangements easily by having students shift acouple seats to the left or right. Side conversations in the classroom are boundto happen, but with this classroom design I would hope to teach my studentsthat there is a time to talk and a time to listen. Sharing whips can be usedeffectively in this layout as well as other comprehension strategies that involve partner work.The file drawers located near the door will enable me to leave hand-outs andassignments there for students to grab on their own as well as allowing aplace for students to turn things in when necessary. I hope to allow mystudents to create a writing portfolio that can be used to track their progressthroughout the semester or year. By utilizing this classroom management technique it will not only allow students the opportunity to get up out of theirseats in a structured fashion, it will also allow students to learn to beresponsible for their own work and portfolios.Being sure to consider factors outside of the classroom, such as parents, canalso support classroom management. When dealing with parents I believe it is

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