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Cody Walker 9/8/2013

Philosophy on Classroom Management and Discipline Physical Layout I would like desks set up in rows with plenty of space between them so that it is easy to move the desks together to work in groups, but also enough room so that each student feels like their personal space is not being violated. I will have 2 resource tables in the back of the room. They will have pens, pencils, paper, a stapler, pencil sharpener, tissues, and hall passes. There will also be a wastebasket and folders on the tables as well. These folders will be used to place homework in and also to hand it back out. These tables could also be used during group work. I will have a projector for Power Points and other instructional strategies. I will have a bulletin board calendar with due dates for all of the assignments for each of my classes as well as major up-coming school events. I would also like to have multiple marker/chalk boards so that there is plenty of room to write notes and timelines. Rules I expect my students to behave rationally and respect everyone in the class. I will have a set of 5 rules displayed in the classroom. Be Respectful Come Prepared Work Hard and Try Your Best Take Risks Stay Positive

I believe that a lot of rules can be placed under one of these classroom rules. Being respectful can be taken in different views, as it can be understood as be respectful to each other, to the teacher, to the school property, to the school, or to the administration. Being prepared can cover homework, pencils and paper, quizzes, and for discussions. I want students to take risks and stand up for what they believe. Discussions are a prime example of when a student can stand strong and win an argument. On the flip side of that, I dont want students to not try again if

Cody Walker 9/8/2013

they fail. Students shouldnt be discouraged for anything they do, but they do need to learn how to get back up and try again. I want to go over the rules with the students, having the students explain to me why they are up there. Even though I already know them, I want the students to understand an example by giving the class one. I will help the students along and guide them to the rules that I will have in place. At the start of the year, I will have the rules printed out and sent home with the students, sent to the administration and emailed to all the parents who have access. To anyone that I have missed, I will make arrangements to speak with them about the classroom rules. Responses to Misbehavior There will be a hierarchy of consequences for misbehavior. Mild Behavior o Warning o Redirection o Removal from class area (moved to the back of the room away from others) o Removal from classroom and discussion with the student o Referral to the Office Moderate Behavior o Redirection o Removal from class area (moved to the back of the room away from others) o Removal from classroom and discussion with the student o Referral to the Office o Removal from Class (multiple days) Severe Behavior o Removal from classroom and discussion with the student o Referral to the Office o Removal from Class (multiple days) Procedures

Cody Walker 9/8/2013

For classroom procedures, we will discuss them for the first week. I will explain what the procedures are and if there are questions about them, I will answer them. For homework, I will have two different ways of collecting it. One will be collecting it individually from the students or having a student do it for me, and the other would be having the students hand it into a folder or to one individual person who then puts it in the folder. When distributing papers, I will hand them out to the front of the rows, and have them hand them backwards in their rows. Students will be asked to come into class quietly and be ready to start class immediately after the bell rings. Students will be considered tardy if they are not in the room by the end of the bell. For leaving class, students will be dismissed by me. I will notify them when they have 5 minutes left of class, in order to provide sufficient time to clean up their area and get ready to go. During this time, I will do a quick review of the day as well as inform them what they need for the next time in class. When dealing with students and assisting them, they will need to raise their hand in order to get my attention. If I am working at my desk, they are welcome to come back and ask me their question. If multiple students have the same question, I will address the class as a whole. When the students need to use something from the resource tables, they are free to get up and get what they need, as long as they are respectful to the class in doing so. Creating a Respectful, Supportive Learning Environment Coming from a small town school, I prefer to have a small town feel within the classroom. My goal is to have the class feel more like a family or team, a place where a person can be painfully honest about their opinion, but they are not criticized or threatened because of it. The class will run on respect, the respect of the students among each other, and the respect between me and the students. I have learned that class discussions can bring out the debate side of some students, but others remain quiet. I want to use discussions frequently, but the students have to be open about it. My favorite teacher in high school used this method, and it made the class enjoyable and fun. Time seemed to fly by, and I want that same feeling for others in my class.

Cody Walker 9/8/2013

Managing and Facilitating Instruction I am going to start every day with a warm up. This warm up will be something that applies to the class in some way. One warm up I will be using is CNN Student News. This program is a 10-15 min. news program, and having the students pick out something that either applies to them or the class and write a quick summary about it and how it applies. After the warm up, we will talk about what they picked out and then do a quick review of the days tasks. This run down of the tasks will be read directly from my lesson plan. I will then ask the students if they have any questions that pertain to either the days tasks or the previous days work. When grouping the class for work, I will rotate between randomly selecting students into groups, and allowing students to quietly and calmly select their group members. When we have a class debate, I will split the class into the needed sections, after asking them to volunteer for their sides; I will make necessary adjustments to even out the groups. I may vary the type of lessons that I will give, changing the way that I present the information. I will continue to vary my lessons, until I have an understanding of my students and how they learn best. I will have a good part of my lessons based on discussions and debates. I will have each days notes copied down for students who need them. I will also allow students to work with me before and after school, and would be allowed to go to the resource room. On tests and quizzes, I will make the needed adjustments for the students that need them. Using technology in the classroom is something that could be achieved relatively easily. Almost all students have some sort of Wi-Fi capable device, and I would be open to them using them during research time in class. I will also use the projector as another way of showing my lesson. Motivating Students to Learn I will never talk poorly about a students work in class, and will meet with them one-onone to discuss it. I want to motivate the students by being motivated myself. When I am excited about a topic, it has a chance to overflow into the students. Giving feedback on papers and assignments will always be positive and I may use stickers on papers. When planning my lessons, I will have a general idea of what I want to do if the students appear to be zoning out.

Cody Walker 9/8/2013

I want to continue to mix up my lessons with activities, discussions, and projects so that the students will have an easier time of maintaining their focus and priorities. I will have a reward system for certain assignments and class goals as well. Promoting Safety and Wellness With the sense of family and community, comes a sense of safety. I want all of my students to know that my classroom is a safe place. No one will be allowed to harm someone in my classroom. Each student will be handled with respect and discretion. Students who appear to be angry or violent will be asked to leave the room, and I will have a discussion with them in the hallway (the class door will be open at this time as well.) Doing this, not only removes the problem from the room, but gives us a chance to work things out and settle the student down in order to prevent anything from getting out of control. I know that when people are angry, they dont always think rationally and they are a lot stronger then they appear, so keeping the door open allows the students to hear for any problems so that they can call for help. Interacting with Parents, Colleagues, and Others I want to keep my lines of communication open with everyone that is involved in the students school and home life. I want parents to feel comfortable with talking to me, so that they know what to expect from my class. I want to be able to work with other staff in the building so that we could take different angles on the same things, possible doing a joint project or something that is worked on in multiple rooms. I will be talking to the teachers before, during, and after every meeting together. With parents, I will notify them when their student is doing great in class, as well as when I have spotted a problem with them; albeit their attitude, work, or participation. I will email or call them at the start of each semester, and will welcome any visits or communication. All communications with parents will be responded to quickly and efficiently.