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Classroom Facilitation Plan

Mattea Juengel
Statement Purpose: I firmly believe that the best way to keep a classroom in order is to have an engaging lesson plan. Students should be facilitated in meaningful mathematical discussion and discovery that allows them to generate a genuine understanding of underlying mathematical principals. In order for me to best facilitate these kinds of discussions and activities, there are some rules and procedures that I feel will help things run much smoother. Classroom Rules: 1. All students in the classroom will conduct themselves in a *respectful and professional manner during all times to all members of the learning community. 2. iPods/music players and cell phones are not permitted in class. 3. Students are not permitted to eat or sleep during class. *On the first day of class, students will brainstorm a list of what it means to act in a respectful and professional manner in order to clearly communicate expectations to be followed by ALL members of the classroom, including the teacher. **Routines and Procedures: Beginning Class: All students should come to class on time and should immediately work on task written in designated location of classroom. Some days, Ms. Juengel will give verbal instructions at the beginning of class. In either case, students should be ready to start class once the period starts. Using the Restroom: Students who wish to use the restroom during class should wait to ask during times that will not disrupt the lesson unless it is an EMERGENCY. No passes will be given during the last 10 minutes of class. School policy will dictate the use of passes. Class Participation: Students are required to participate in all class discussions, presentations, and projects unless otherwise noted by Ms. Juengel. Before each assignment, expectations will be clearly communicated through either a rubric or through verbal instructions from Ms. Juengel. Students must follow these directions in order to maximize the designed learning opportunity of the assignment. During information sessions run by Ms. Juengel, students are required to remain attentive while recording important information in either a notebook or another designated place. Students wishing to ask questions or make contributions to class should communicate this by raising their hand. Calling Class to Attention: I enjoy teaching very much and I want to keep it that way. Yelling and talking over students is irritating and makes teaching less enjoyable for me. Luckily, I have cultivated great patience over the years. In order to call class to attention, I use the verbal cue, “I’m waiting for you to stop talking so I can (state what I want to do next)”. I often accompany this with a wave or put my hand up in the air. Then, I simply wait for students to stop talking and turn their attention to the front of the class. If

students still do not respond I restate, “I’m still waiting for you to stop talking so I can (state what I want to do next)”. If I notice particular students are still talking or are the primary source, I call on them specifically and ask them for their attention. Students who are particularly disruptive will be asked to wait in the hall until I can get the class started on something productive. I then address the student individually, as stated in the consequences portion of my plan. Obtaining a Writing Utensil: Students who do not have a writing utensil for class are encouraged to ask fellow classmates to borrow one. Those students, who are unable to locate one, may purchase one from Ms. Juengel or may borrow one in exchange for collateral of significant value. Homework Policies: Homework will be turned in at the beginning of the period to a previously designated place unless otherwise noted by Ms. Juengel. No late work will be accepted unless previously specified. All homework should be legible with Name, Date, and Period on the upper left-hand corner. Those papers torn from notebooks should have all fringes removed from the edges. Homework due dates will be specified on the date given and recorded on class calendar in classroom and on class webpage. Class Assessments: On days where assessments are given, students should remain quiet for the entire testing period. Once a student finishes their assessment, it should be turned in to the designated area. If a student finishes early, they must find something to do that will not distract those who are still finishing the assessment. Ms. Juengel reserves the right to take away points from the assessment if a student is disruptive even after they have turned it in. Making up Class Assignments: If for some reason a student misses a day of class, they are responsible for collecting and submitting work they miss from that day. Handouts passes out on throughout the week will be kept at a central location and available for student access. All homework assignments from that day must be turned in within the number of days the student was absent for. For example, if a student was missing for two consecutive days, they will have two days to turn in any assignments missing form those days. Any assessments missed during that day must be re-scheduled at a time negotiated with Ms. Juengel. Students will not be allowed to miss class in order to make up assessments. Grade Inquiries: All students wishing to inquire about their grade should do so before or after class, via email, or submitted in writing to be answered later. Questions about grades made during class will not be answered. **Ms. Juengel reserves the right to change any and all procedures in order to improve the learning environment. This may be changed due to teacher observation or student suggestion. Students will be encouraged to answer the question, “What can Ms. Juengel do to help you succeed in her class?” in order to improve the learning environment.

Rewards and Consequences: Rewards: Although earning an excellent grade in a class is a great reward in and of itself, I do try to keep students motivated to continue positive behavior through positive reinforcement. I verbally thank the student and specifically state why I am thanking them. For example, if a student is ready to take notes when asked I will say, “Thank you, (student name), for having everything out and ready to take notes.” Students who share solutions or ideas with the class on a voluntary basis may also receive a round of applause from everyone in the class. When students score well on assessments or participate productively in class, particularly those who are making improvements, I make calls home to their parent or guardian to share the good news. For those parents who request it, I also like to communicate via email on their student’s progress. Consequences: Many schools have a procedure to follow for student infractions; however, I do try to handle as much as possible within my own classroom walls. For students who behave in a manner unbecoming of a good student, I first give them a verbal warning. For those who repeat negative behaviors, I chat with them individually after class briefly and ask them if there is anything I can do to help them behave more productively in my classroom. With many students who continue to struggle, I try to set up an individualized plan to help them. For example, I had a student who repeatedly fell asleep in my class. After talking with him, we made the agreement that if he started feeling tired, he could go to the back of the classroom and stand at the back wall until he felt he could stay awake. I like giving students choices with respect to consequences and encourage them to take an active part in their education. For students who are uncooperative or seem to have great difficulty, I make contact with a parent or guardian and ask about the possibility of working together to help their student succeed in my class. This addresses most problems within the classroom. For more serious offenses, I would work with the corresponding administrator in order to get that student working towards being a productive member of class. Academic Integrity: Academic integrity means that the student completes the academic to the best of their ability. Any student who copies assignments from other student, or lets another student copy his or her assignment will receive no credit for that assignment. Academic integrity also means that students will not cheat on quizzes and exams. Plagiarism will not be tolerated under any circumstances. When writing a paper, students should give credit where credit is due by citing sources properly. Any student found being academically dishonest, will receive NO CREDIT for the particular assignment and any further action deemed necessary by Ms. Juengel and the administration staff.