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Classroom Management Plan

Maria Camarena

Classroom Management Plan

Maria Camarena

University of Utah

Classroom Management Plan

Maria Camarena

Classroom Management Plan

Classroom management is crucial when delivering instruction. When a teacher has poor
classroom management, more time is spent trying to manage the classroom. Time spent with
consequences can be prevented with educative classroom management. Planning to prevent
problem behaviors from occurring in the first place is more effective than reacting after the
behavior has occurred. Classroom management is one of the biggest problems teachers have to
face in their first years. Finding the right balance between instruction and classroom management
is important for students success. It will definitely be a challenge but I am prepared to apply all
my knowledge and instructional tools to develop the best classroom management system.


Preventive Techniques

v Getting to know my students and their families:

Establishing a positive relationship from the beginning of the year will be very important
to keep an open communication with my students an their families. Establishing a
partnership between home and school will be the first step in setting up an effective
classroom management. I will have different ways to involve parents in my classroom.

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1. Back to school night- Students will make invitations for their parents. At this
time I will introduce myself to parents. I will talk to them about classroom rules
and expectations. This will also be a time for me to answer any questions they
might have. Early projects will be displayed for students to show their parents.

2. Classroom Website- Site will be updated weekly with announcements and a

calendar with upcoming events. I will have an about me section for parents who
dont have time to come into my classroom and have not met me personally. In
the website I will have resources and links for parent and students. Within the
website I will include an email button for parents to send me a quick email. I will
also have other contact information.

3. Weekly Newsletters- I will send home weekly newsletters informing parents of

upcoming events and announcements. Through this newsletter I will inform
parents of the curriculum we are covering that week as well as ways they can
help their students. I will also highlight a student or two for progress or
achievements from the previous week. Newsletters will also be available through
the classroom website.

4. Parents Invitations- We will eventually have events in our school or classroom;

students will create personalized invitations to take home. I will also encourage
parents to volunteer and be an active part of our classroom.

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Other than establishing communication with my students families I will also make it a
priority to get to know my students. Im interested in knowing what they like, what kinds
of activities they are involved in after school and what is the best way to support their
learning. I will use many to ways to gather this information from my students.

1. Student Spotlights- Starting at the beginning of the beginning of the year I will
start keeping notes on individual students. I will keep a clipboard with sticky
notes with each of my students names. From those initial observations I will
focus on students that might be struggling. I will then just focus on one student
per day. This will help me adapt and differentiate my instruction to meet all my
students needs.

2. Student Interview- Other than observations, I will also take time to talk to my
students. This can be done during small group instruction or during center time
when students are doing independent work. Interview notes will be kept with
observation notes.

v Positive Behavior Skills

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Other than only focusing on academics, we will also be working on learning and using
positive behavior skills. Building a positive classroom environment will be important for
students to feel safe and take risks in their learning (McCandles, 2014).

1. Social Fridays- On Fridays we will make time for students participate in an

activity that will promote team building. Students will be randomly placed in
small groups. Through this activities students will learn to communicate with their
peers and work together. At the beginning of the year they will be done every
week, and decrease into the year.

2. Community Circle- We will begin each morning in a community circle. For

lower grades this will be done on the carpet, and the upper grades will need to
move their chairs. Classroom arrangement will facilitate the movement. During
community circle we will greet everyone in the classroom and make

3. Cooperative Learning- Students will work in small groups. Each student will be
assigned a role within the group to have everyone be an active part. Some of the
assignments in the group will be: reader, scribe, timekeeper, and supplies. The
number of assigned roles will depend on the number of students in each group.
Another way to collaborate in a group will be through a jigsaw puzzle where each
student will be in charge of a section and will report back to their team members.

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v Routines/ Procedures (Charles, 2012)

Routines will be established at the beginning of the year. I will spend plenty of time
teaching routines and revisit them as necessary.

1. Be explicit- Teach students what procedures and rules look like, sound like and
feel like. Using examples and non-examples will show students exactly what is
expected of them. Posting pictures of examples and non-examples will remind
students of procedures.

2. Routines- Setting up routines will be important when running my classroom

smoothly. Routines will explicitly be taught at the beginning of the year.

Morning- Students will hang backpack and coat in their locker and come
inside the classroom quietly. Baskets with books will be placed in the
middle of the table prior to students coming in. Students will be expected
to chose a book and read quietly. Students will share the books from the
basket. If they have library books or their personal books they can read
them during this time as well.

Roll Call- While students are reading I will call roll. Instead of answering
here or raising their hand students will answer by saying good

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morning. They can answer in their home language if they want to share
with our class and me.

Pledge- One person will lead the pledge as part of a classroom job.
Everyone will stand up, push in their chair and stand behind their chair. If
students are not pledging they will still be expected to stand up.

Sitting on the Carpet- When students are sitting on the carpet students
will be expected to show me five. Hand motion for this attention signal
is a high five. Students will be sitting in rows or a circle depending on the
activity. They are expected to sit on their pockets with their legs crossed in
front of them.

Classroom Jobs- About five students will be assigned a classroom job for
the day. These jobs will be explained at the beginning of the year with the
rest of the routines and procedures. In the upper grades, students will be
payed with school/classroom currency for how well they do their jobs.

Captains- Two captains will take out and gather the supplies.
They will also pass out any handouts.

Pledge/Calendar- In the lower grades this person will be in charge

of leading the pledge and the calendar. In the upper grades they
will only lead the pledge.

Floor Captain- Will monitor and pick up any scraps of paper from
the floor.

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Line Leader- When leaving the classroom this student will lead
the line and be an example to the rest of the students of how to
walk in the halls.

Door Holder- This student will hold the door for the line. After
everyone is out the door, this student will line up at end of the line.

Leaving Classroom- When leaving the classroom, students will be

expected to be in a line. They will quietly walk and not disturb other
classes. There will always be someone assigned to be the line leader and
the door holder will be at the back of the line.

Sharpening Pencils- Students will not sharpen any pencils. Sharpened

pencils will be in cans. If a pencil breaks or needs to be sharpened, they
need to get another pencil from the can. If there are not sharpened pencils
at their table they will need to look at other tables. In the event that there
are no sharpened pencils at any of the tables, I will sharpen a few pencils.
Sharpening pencils will not interrupt instruction.

Lunch- Students will be excused to lunch by table. The line leader will
stand in front of the class and excuse the tables that are quiet and ready for
lunch. Students will wash their hands and use the restroom before they
line up. They also need to get anything they need from their locker. They
will be allowed to wonder in the halls during lunch.

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Homework- Homework will only be given twice per week. Students will
get payed for their completed work with school/class currency. Reading
books will be sent home every day and students are expected to practice at
home. A reading log will be sent home and parents have to initial the log
in order for students to get credit for reading at home.

Bathroom- only one student can go to the bathroom at a time. They have
to place the bathroom pass in their card change chart space to let me know
they where they are.

v Attention Signals

More than one attention signals will be used in my classroom. This will provide variety
for my students and me. Some of the attention signals require a response from my

1. Show me Five!- Students hold up their hand and show me five. Each finger
stands for something different. Eyes on their teachers, ears are listening, mouths

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are closed, hands are still, and legs are folded in front. This attention signal will
mostly be used when sitting on the carpet.
2. Hands on Top Everybody stop- Students will stop doing what they are
doing and put their hands on top of their head. Having their hands on top will
make it easy to get their attention when they are holding materials or playing with
manipulatives. This signal will be used when they are doing independent work at
their tables.

3. One, two, three, eyes on me One, two, eyes on you- This attention signal
also requires students response. As soon as they respond they will have to give me
their complete attention.

4. Chime- Chime will be used for transitions and will be the sign for everyone to
start cleaning up and get ready for the next activity. After they are done cleaning
up they will sit at their desks or on the carpet and wait for instructions.

5. Clapping Pattern- Students will respond back with a clapping pattern. Pattern
will be used multiple times until all students are responding. When students hear
the clapping pattern, they will be expected to stop and look at me.

v Classroom Rules (Charles, 2014)


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Students will be involved in creating our classroom rules. Rules have to be clear and
simple. They will also have to align to school-wide rules. Students will be in charge of
writing out the rules. They will be posted in a place in the classroom where all students
can see them. Pictures of examples and non-examples will also be posted next to the
rules. I will take the pictures with my students at the beginning of the year and make it
into a drama/theater project. Classroom rules will be applicable in all areas of the
classroom and they will also be developmentally appropriate (Scott, 2012).

v Classroom arrangement (Scott, 2012)

The arrangement of my classroom will be based on collaboration. Desks will be put

together into groups of 4-6 depending on the class size. Tables will also sit 4-5 students.
Desks will be placed in a way that allows me to walk around and monitor students.
Classroom arrangement will also facilitate desk/chair movement for community circle or
any other activities.

1. Sitting Chart- Students will not be allowed to pick their own seats. They will be
assigned one and will be expected to take care of their area and belongings. They
will not be allowed to be visiting their friends or moving to other desks. Sitting
chart will be changed constantly.


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2. Library- A quiet space will be set up in the classroom to promote reading. This
space will be visible and not isolated by any furniture. Students are expected to
take care of the books and respect other students who are reading in the library
3. Teachers Area- A teachers table will be placed in the back of the classroom
and will only be used during small group instruction.

4. Students Work- Students work will be displayed in my classroom. Bulletin

boards will be changed periodically. My students will make everything that is on
the walls. My students writing will be found everywhere in my classroom. T


Supportive Techniques

v Reinforce Positive Behavior (Scott, 2012)

Positive behavior will be reinforced with small incentives.

1. Praise- Praise is the first thing that I will used to reinforce the behavior I want to
see in my students. If a student is praised for positive behavior the rest of the
students will follow the example to get praised. Ignoring negative behavior and
focusing on the positive will work better in the long run.


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2. Golden Tickets- I will hand out tickets to students who are following directions.
The tickets will be drawn for lunch bunch. They might also be drawn for other
small tangibles.

3. Class Dojo- Online resource for teachers. Students will get points for following
classroom rules. Parents will have access to a report of their students progress by
creating an account on the class dojo website or downloading the app. The points
are earned or lost for specific behaviors. Parents will be able to see how their
students are earning or losing points. Parents can also send and receive message
through the website or app.

4. Lunch Bunch- Once a week 5-6 students will be chosen to have lunch with me.
Students will be chosen from the golden tickets. Tickets will be drawn right
before lunch. Students who are not having a great morning will not be able to join
the lunch bunch, even if their tickets are drawn. During this time students will eat
their lunch and play a board/card game.

5. Just Dance- This will be earned as a whole class. Throughout the day students
will be focusing on following one or more class rules. I will place a green
cube/object in a can if I see this behavior happening. If I see the opposite they will
get a red cube instead. At the end of the day they day I will count them. If they


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earned more green than red, they will get to dance a song from the just dance
youtube channel. They can also choose to play another class game.

v Class Behavior system

Class behavior system will allow students to make their way back up to earning positive
incentives. Students will always be given the opportunity to turn their behavior around.
There are two class behavior systems I am familiar with. I will use the one that works for
my classroom. Most likely I will start by using the color change chart.

1. Clip Chart- A lot of schools are using the clips system. All students start on
ready to learn and they move up and down depending on how their day goes.
Students getting to the top of the chart will receive a reward. Students who get to
the bottom of the chart will take a note home informing parents of their behavior.

2. Color Change Chart- Students will have 4 cards. The colors are green, yellow,
red, and stripes. All students will start on green and will start changing colors only
if they make poor choices. Students can always make their way back up to green.
In this chart I will have the bathroom pass. When students need to use the
restroom they will place a bathroom pass by in the pocket with their cards. I can
easily check the chart to see who is out of the room. The color change chart will
also provide a visible list of all my students (Piper, 2015).


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Intervention techniques

v Consequences:

1. Color Changes- Cards will change if students are breaking classroom rules.
Students will be given three verbal warning before the color change occurs.
Students can work their way back up to green if they turn their day around.
Students who have stripes or red will take a note home.
2. Buddy Classroom- Setting up connections with colleges and agreeing to be
buddy teachers can help with a stressful situations. Taking a student to another
classroom for a small period of time will help the rest of the class and me get a
small break from distractions. Student will not be removed from the room unless
they are being a major distraction (Wilson, 2013).
3. Note A note will be sent if students are on red or stripes by the end of the day.
Parents will have to sign the note and return it the next day. If the note is not
returned students will miss 5 minutes of their recess time. A positive note will be
sent home with students who are on green at the end of the day. The note is to let
parents known their students had a good day.
4. Administration- Principal and vice-principal will not be involved in my
classroom management unless my student is compromising their safety or other
students safety.


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v Problem Solving Conference (Wilson, 2013)

When students are having problems with other students I will make time to have one-onone conversations with them. The purpose of this conference will be to involve students
in changing their own behaviors. During the conference we will talk about what is
causing the problem and what would be some strategies to resolve the problem. At the
end of the conference student will have problem solving strategies and will be reminded
to use them before I get involved. Some of these strategies can be as simple as using their
words to communicate with their peers. Sentence starters will be provided to help
students express their feelings.

v Behavior Contract (Scott, 2012)

Formal written agreement between my student(s) and me. Behavior contracts will be used
if other types of behavior and reward systems are not working for individual students.
School counselor and/or school administration can also be involved. The contract will
focus on few and specific behaviors. There will be a small reward if student follows
through with goals. Contracts will be divided in small increments of time. If students
continue to have problems with the contract in place, immediate reward will be given at
each at end of each time frame. Letting them color for a few minutes, or doing an activity
they enjoy will not take much time and students` will experience success at least during
some parts of the day.


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