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Prema Chruthoti
Classroom Management Plan
University of Utah




I have always believed that I can make a big positive difference in the lives of children by
being a compassionate, caring and hardworking teacher. I believe the quotation from the famous
book: “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not
turn from it”
My philosophy as an educator is “coach students rather than teach students”. As a coach,
I want to help the students to unlock their own potential for learning. As a teacher, I hope to
implement these steps to ensure a safe and positive environment for learning for my students. I
will commit myself to many students who struggle to complete their educational goals. This way
I can be part of building a strong foundation for their future studies and better lives. I am
passionate about empowering young students with self-confidence to follow their own dreams to
bring social change in the society. I am so proud to be part of this noble profession and to instill a
love of learning in my students.



Preventive Techniques

Maintaining a positive classroom environment
Maintaining a positive classroom environment starts with me. I have to come into the
classroom with brighter and cheerful attitude. I have to choose words that are more
powerful and be very careful with my word choice. I will ignore attitudes, but will not
ignore behavior. I will change the environment of the classroom by taking students
opinion in decorating the room with their quality work and ideas. I will be more pleasant
and excited about what I am teaching. I will add humor and personalize interaction with
my students. I will motivate student to discuss about their plans for the future. I will
incorporate career interests in my lessons. I will discuss with the class the importance of

positive attitude and where it can take them in the future (Nissman, 2005).
Building community
A sense of community is very important for my students to feel safe and secure in the
classroom. From the first day of all I will encourage students to share about their
families. I will give assignments to share about their culture if they are immigrants. This
help other students to learn about different cultures. Students will be able to show respect
to other communities most important the members in the classroom. We will have inclass parties last Friday of the month.

Team building
From EDU 6310 class I have learnt that team building = a safe environment = taking
risks = learn. I will have team building activities every day for the first few weeks of
school because students will get to know each other well. Student will make friends and
will feel comfortable in the classroom with their peers and teacher. Eventually I will have
team building activities on every Friday.



Cooperative learning
I will use cooperative learning in my classroom wherein students are assigned to work in
small groups and work together to complete the activities. This will promote inclusive
education of diverse learners in my classroom. When cooperative learning is incorporated
in classrooms, it can bring academic success for minority groups and students who are
falling behind in their studies. It can also improve social development among students. In
my classroom.

Show and tell
Students can share notes, pictures or give suggestions to change something in the
classroom. For example, if they want to share the picture of their new born sibling, a new
pet from their family etc. This will give an opportunity for the students to share what’s

new in their life and will also help me to know more about my students.
Engaging curriculum
All my lessons will be students centered. I will have activities, games, discussions, field
trips, cooperative learning, drama, and service learning that will help students to

maximize their learning experiences.
Class jobs
I will have class jobs from the first day of school. I will keep rotating the jobs every week
so that all the students get a chance to do something in the classroom. This will make
them feel responsible and accountable and help build classroom community. I will rotate
jobs on Fridays so that they are ready on Monday mornings. The jobs that I will have in
the class as weather forecaster, trash collector, botanist, line leader, door holder, supplies
manager, messenger, light inspector, board eraser, teacher assistant, table sanitizer,
librarian, homework checker, computer technician, equipment manager, payroll clerk,
travel agent, mail delivery person, newscaster, pet caretaker, telephone operator, pencil



Class meetings
Team building is vital to developing a community of learners. I will make time once a
week for the class to express concerns and celebrate success. Class meetings will provide
a perfect time for this interaction. I will have Wednesday mornings as a class meeting
day. My class meeting involves students in making decisions, solving problems, and
offering suggestions for the good of the group. I will make sure that meetings run
smoothly and respectfully, class members must establish rules and strictly follow them. I
will use the following for my classroom meetings. Use a formal process and hold
meetings weekly, have all the students sit in a circle facing each other, model respectful
behavior, I will not or lets others dominate the process, I will place trust on my students
to lead meetings, participate in the process, choose solutions, and make decisions (Herrell
& Jordan, 2007).

Classroom rules
Effective classroom rules are necessary for a smooth-running classroom. Students should
know what behaviors are acceptable and unacceptable and the consequences when they
do not follow the rules. I will only have 3 to 5 classroom rules and I will be careful not to
confuse classroom rules with procedures. On the first day at school I will have all the
students come up with classroom rules, we will brainstorm and pick the ones that all the
students agree. This practice builds student ownership, develops cooperation, and
satisfies students’ needs (Vitto, 2003). My classroom rules will be easy to remember and I
will go over it every day the first week of school. I will have following classroom rules:
1. Follow the directions the first time given.
2. Raise your hands and wait for the permission to speak.
3. Inside voices
4. Keep hands, feet and other objects to yourself.
5. No cursing or teasing.



Teaching procedures
Procedures are the steps that allow the students to accomplish tasks in a smooth and
efficient manner. My classroom will have great number of procedures that my students
need to master. I will go over procedures, expectations, and routines every day until I see
it happening in the classroom. I will also go over fire, earthquake, and lock down drills in
detail and allow the students to practice the procedure so that it is a smooth transition
when actual time comes. When students know a head of time exact expectations for

behavior, misbehavior can often be prevented, and learning is enhanced (Vitto, 2003).
Classroom arrangement
Classroom arrangement plays a huge role in effective instruction and on room’s climate. I
want to arrange my classroom in a way that they are no distractions during the instruction
time. Keeping materials and resources easily accessible to students encourages them to
make appropriate choices and become more involved in their own education. I will have
sharpeners in two sides of the classroom so that when a student need to sharpen a pencil
he can go to the one that is near to him.


Word wall

White board and smart board


Sink and







Meeting area


White Board

Supportive Techniques

Guiding techniques
I will have a clip down chart that I will introduce at the beginning of the school year. It
will start at the good behavior at the beginning of the day, go through warnings, recess

time taken out and eventually will move to referral at the end.
Circulate around the room
I will go around the room all the time when teaching the lesson and checking student’s
work. This will help students to stay focused and be on task because they are aware that I

am checking their work.
For the students who are not paying action after a number of reminders I will use
proximity. I will stand very close to the student so that student will pay attention and
leave whatever he is doing.
Intervention techniques

Teach conflict resolution:
When student has a conflict, I will give a student an action plan that has three questions
such as what’s the problem, what’s causing the problem, and what plan will you use to
solve the problem.
What’s the problem: indicates the rule or rules the student has violated.
What’s causing the problem: the student is to list all the factors that are causing the
problem to occur.
What plan will you use to solve the problem: The student is to write the action plan
needed to solve the problem.



I will share with the student that the only way to a person can solve a problem is first to
isolate and identify it. I want to teach the student how to solve a problem, a technique that

the student can use in future life (Wong & Wong, 2001).
One-on-one conversations with the students
If my students are misbehaving or not following the directions, I will address the issue
privately. I will take them out of the classroom to discuss about the choices he is making.
As said by Wilson, publicly addressing the issue may embarrass and diminish student’s
self-worth. I will point out what my student did, ask questions, and explain why her

behavior was a problem (Wilson, 2015).
Consequences can be positive or negative. I will have consequences when a student
abides by or break the rules. The book by Wong and Wong says that it is better if a
teacher spends less time discussing rules and more time on discussing consequences
“because a person’s life at any given point, is the result of that person’s actions.” (P. 152)
I will have consequences on the wall throughout the year. The consequences that I will
use are:
First time: Verbal warning
Second time: loss of recess for 1 minute
Third time: loss of recess for 2 minutes
Fourth time: Loss of recess for 3 minutes
Fifth time: Loss of recess for 5 minutes, student has to pull one mystery consequence that

includes math worksheet, writing task or reading task.
Sixth time: Student sent immediately to the office.
Phone calls home
Phone calls home is the last preference I have in my list. Personally, I do not prefer doing
this unless it is an emergency situation. I will only do this if I have any blood shed fights
and student running away from the school. As a teacher, I feel that all the students should
be provided equal opportunity for education.

Discipline plan



If I have a student who need lots of support, I will write a behavior management plan. I
will have student sit with me and discuss the issues he has in-class and with others and
will find the ways to fix it. I will have three copies one for the student, one for the
student’s parents to sign the contract and the one for me for my records. If the student

fails to follow the contract he will be sent to the office after three warnings.
This works well with the lower grades. On the first day of school, I will have the students
make a heart pattern with their name on it. I will make a huge heart that represents my
heart. I will place all the hearts in my big heart on the bulletin board. If there is a
violation of a rule I will tell the student to place the heart with her name outside my heart.
I will encourage the student to return to my heart. This will help the student to work on
the choices because he wants to be with the group and will look forward for the teacher to
accept him.

Managing student work:
After every task that the student is given I will check their work. For the students who
still need to finish their work have they need to put their work in the incomplete work bin

so that they can complete it at the end of the day.
Basic Management:
I want to reserve my energy for the entire day. I will use hand movements for different
transitions. For example, if my student is talking to me when I am teaching, I will have
my palm facing him indicating the student to stop talking to me. If I want the students’
attention I will raise my hand in the air, this indicates that I need their attention and their
vices should be off. I will use a chime to get my students action during group activities. I
will use low tone if I am still seeking attention from some students. I will not start
instruction until I have all the eyes on me.



Ways to monitor progress assessments
I will tell students what is being expected when I am testing students. I will give them
some in-class activities that they need to work on to get the rewards. I will maintain a
excel report for each subject and will be monitoring/updating the assessment scores
which will be helpful for me during SEP conferences. I can show the parents the progress
my students are making and the areas where they need help. I will monitor reading
assessments, end of the unit tests, DIBELS scores etc. I will also have interim tests scores
to see how my students are performing. This will help me see the students who are having

trouble and can alter my lesson according to my students’ needs.
Transitions helps a lot during instruction time and avoids misbehavior. A prerequisite to
effective transitions is that the teacher should be prepared for the next activity and have
materials readily assessable. I will take extra time to teach expectations for every
transition. It might seem tedious but will save my time during instruction. I will count
down from 10 or five depending how long it takes for my students to get back to the next
task. The students who are done with their task will get a story book or their library book
to read until we have all the students complete their task.

Beginning of the day routine
Students will come into the class taking their homework. Put the homework away in the
homework bin, get a paper and pencil work on their quick start for the day. I will give
them some math problems on the board and the students should solve those until we have
our school and national pledge. They will put their papers in the cubbies and sit in the
gathering space. I will go over what the day looks like and the plans that I have for the
day. I will have students share what they did the day before after leaving school to check



on how they are feeling this morning. It will help me to focus on student’s needs for that

day. Eventually I will start my morning lesson. I will start with Math in the morning.
End of the day routine:
Student’s will share what new they have learned or did that day. I will have students bring
their backpacks and belongings to the common area, they will be given homework’s and
will go over the homework packet. I will also make the student’s finish their incomplete
work for any class period until the bell rings.

Absent students:
I will update my web page every week providing information about next week’s lessons.
I will also upload homework according to the week and day so that parents can work with

the students at home.
Drinks, bathroom, lining up:
As soon as the students come back from recess or lunch, I will give them 5 minutes to use
the bathroom or to drink water. If they have to use bathroom during instruction time they
need to use sign language so that they will not disrupt the class. I will have each table

show me their work, clean up their table, scoot their chairs and will ask them to line up.
Sharpening pencils:
Rather than students having their own pencils, I will have a common place for my
students to take and put back the pencils. I will assign a student to sharpen the pencils
twice a day. The students who need to sharpen the pencil during writing time will have to
sharpen the pencil on their own.
Communication with Parents/Guardians

Phone calls
I will always encourage phone calls from my students’ parents. I will leave my personal
as well as school phone number in order for them to contact me any time of the day. I will



send group messages, birthday messages for their children and parents, classroom and

school reminders etc. through phone.
I will have newsletters written to parents every month. The newsletter will include
upcoming school events, field trips, birthdays, details about exams, what will students
learn from the curriculum in language arts, social studies, science and math. I will also
include a section on volunteering hours for the parents in order to help me or students in

the classroom.
Classroom web page
I will have newsletter, calendar with reminders and a column about “what’s happening
this week”. I will upload all the homework according to week and day for the students
who lost their homework and for the absentees. Parents can visit my webpage to get
answers for any information. I will also put in pictures and videos for the parents with
student’s art work and in-class activities. I will create a kaymbu account for the

communication between my student’s parents and me.
SEP conference ideas
Parents will go to my website to schedule an appointment with SEP conferences. For the
parents who do not have internet access I will send the hard copy to schedule an
appointment. During this meeting, we will discuss about the student’s education progress
and concerns. It will be a better opportunity for me to learn about parents and student’s
interests. We will also discuss about the goals for their child and how we can work
together to achieve those goals. For the SEP conferences, I will plan ahead of time by
putting the student’s goals in writing. I will have support materials such as student’s
progress folder, testing etc.



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