Megan Jones

Middle School Mathematics
Classroom Management Plan
"Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater." – Einstein

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Philosophy Classroom Arrangement Bulletin Board Samples Before the First Day First Day Classroom Procedures Character Development Discipline Plan Partnership with Parents Parent-Teacher Communication Certificate of Excellence Reflecting and Learning News Letter Sample Welcome Letters Substitute Teachers Records and Documentations

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Philosophy
When reading over the list of theories and philosophies I came to the conclusion that I think it would be hard to only select one of them. I feel as if all the theories and philosophies should be implemented into a teacher's classroom. If a teacher runs the classroom in a strictly realism fashion there will be some students, that do not relate to realism, that might feel left out or that their educational needs were not met. In this case I feel like the educator not only needs to know whom she is but who the students are as well. If I had to choose just one theory that I felt that I most related to, I would chose progressivism. I strongly believe and agree with the idea that all students need to be educated based off of his or her needs, that the classroom should meet individual interests. I also believe that learning should be hands on, that the curriculum is filled with activities and projects. As a math educator, I have to understand that not all students like worksheets and assignments, but need more tangible ways to learn about math. One of the most impacting math lessons I remember was when my geometry teacher had us measure our body to discover that the golden ratio is a part of us. Until this day, I am still very interested in the topic and research it on my own. I hope to one day help my students learn that math isn't just numbers but it is something that is seen and dealt with every single day of their lives. Because of this “real-life” scenario I want to help

students learn to achieve successfully by working in groups effectively. All of my beliefs and feelings are pegged by progressivism. In our notes, progressivism states that it is rooted in pragmatism. Choosing a philosophy is just as difficult as picking just one theory. Again, I can find a small piece of me in all five main philosophies. I agree with the pragmatism philosophy that as humans our concepts and knowledge are based around our own experiences; that we have to interact with the changing environment. Strangely enough I feel as if idealism is right behind pragmatism. I feel as if there are some situations that shouldn't change; all values are universal and not situational. As far as educational implications I feel as if both idealism and pragmatism are both incredibly important. A subject matter should emphasize the greatest ideas but I strongly believe that instruction should be organized and encompass problem solving. I know that idealism and pragmatism are slightly opposites or have contradicting ideas, but I feel as if between the two of them, they complete me. That all of these theories and philosophies should be something that all educators learn about, understand, and find at least one good concept from each of them. For us to be able to teach all different types of learning styles we have to be aware, educated, and concerned about theories and philosophies. The bottom line is, as long as the students' needs are met, that is what matters most. It's not how we educate, it is the fact we educate.

Classroom Arrangement - Where Math Magic is Made
(Please note: diagram is on next page) Everything that a student would need to learn math can be found in this room. One corner there is the “hands on for more learning” area; where math manipulative, books, blocks, and puzzles will be located. This area is for students who have everything finished and want to understand the subject more. Down from that corner is the student help center where a student can go for more peace and quiet, where there will be less distractions; I know that if a student is in that area that I need to make sure to offer any assistance that he or she needs as well as other students should not bother the learner. Across from the smart board are the cabinets with the student’s computer on it. Next to the cabinets is the closet where I will keep safety supplies. I positioned my desk in front of the class and the door so I can see everything at all times, the carpet underneath will let students know that this is my area, and they need permission to be in it. With the computer close to the smart board I won’t have to run back and forth if there is an error of some sort. There are four bulletin boards. The board by the door and pencil sharpener will have my credentials and other awards to display my confidence in teaching. The bulletin board by the teacher’s desk and smart board will have student information, calendar, events, extra credit, a need-to-know location. The bulletin board by the hands on lab will have the rules posted while the bulletin board by the window will have the notebook

and homework procedures as well as the outline to fill out their homework. The students will be in groups, which I will pick, so that they can help one another learn better. I will have the students who need more help sit closer to me.

Bulletin Board Samples

Before the First Day of School To Do List:
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Make sure all appropriate paper work is completed for employment. Find and store in a safe location a district and school calendar. Get to know key resource people in your school/district (principal, secretary, custodian, cooks, nurses, other teachers, media specialists, Xerox aide, technology specialists, district staff). Locate your classroom/s and inventory your equipment (desks, technology, and support materials) and student equipment (calculators, rulers, glue, paper). Determine what the students need to have. Locate class lists from office. Review the district curriculum guides. Roughly map out the school year using the district’s curriculum guide. Review the first few weeks of lesson plans. Script out your daily schedule. Review the school and/or districts handbooks, policy books, and procedures guides. Locate and start reviewing the teacher’s manuals. Locate and inventory student textbooks. Arrange classroom layout. Review student files and IEPs. Become familiar with school facility and campus (office, lunchroom, gym, restrooms, parking). Become familiar with the community. Get to know the district/school web site. Talk to other teachers in school to get an idea of their discipline plans. Ask principal to review discipline plan (make adjustments as needed to gain support from administrator). Find out what to do in case of fire, tornado, bomb threats, and intruder and determine the procedure/routine you will establish to meet these emergency needs. Make sure room is organized and ready for the first day (bulletin boards/posters/certificates/other information needs to be hung). Secure a day care or appropriate child care, as well as have back up plans. Determine what other equipment is available in the school/district that you need, but is not located in your classroom. Find out what information is needed for the office, from your class, each day (attendance, lunch) and determine the procedure/routine you will establish to provide this information. Find out if the nurse provides a list of students in your class with

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special medical needs. If not, review permanent files and prepare list. Find out if the school nurse provides a first-aid kit for your room for emergencies. Prepare record tool for keeping grades and attendance (electronic and/or traditional grade book). Prepare tool for lesson plans (electronic and/or traditional lesson plan book). Organize personal calendar. Prepare your own desk with personal items needed (small first-aid kit, kleenex, small tool kit, emergency apparel, safety pins, sewing kit, flashlight) Arrange storage bins for teacher and student storage. Set up files for handouts, tests, student information, important information from the district, and important information from your principal. Get to know your Mentor teacher (assigned by district). After securing a list of students, consider sending a “welcome e-mail” to your students and their guardian a week or two before school starts. (middle level). Participate in all district summer in-services as possible. Determine what you will utilize to carry materials to-and-from school (brief case, canvas bag, or backpack) and secure it. Review professional wardrobe and add to as budget allows. Plan and time route to school. Layout professional clothes to wear for the first day of school. (Dress better than usual. Not a bad idea to plan what you will wear for the first week.) Have your keys (and all materials going to school) laid out where you can find them (maybe by the door). Do not leave school, the day before, until everything is laid out and prepared for the first day. Get to bed early the night before your first day. Set extra alarms and find a consistent sleeping pattern.

The First Day of School
• • • • • • • • • • • • Wake up earlier, allowing extra time. Eat healthy breakfast. Have bottle of water ready for the day (at your desk). Arrive at school early. Have class list posted outside the door. Greet students at the door. Be positive! Make eye contact with everyone in class. Have seating chart ready and seat students as they come into the class. Teach them your name and a little about yourself. Let students introduce themselves; having them fill out their personal card. Discuss/teach procedures and routines (for the first week, until it is known). o Daily Routine Schedule o Attendance/Tardiness Policies/Procedures o Class/School Rules o Grading Policy o Award System o Homework/Notebook Expectations o Use of Classroom Supplies/Equipment o Collecting and Distributing Papers o Dismissal procedure Make expectations known. Distribute materials. Reflect on “first day of school” at the end of the day and make notes for next year’s first day of school. Begin a file. Do not leave school until you are prepared for the second day of school. (The first day of school is the most important day. The first week of school is the most important week.) Make sure to tell Jeremiah how much I love him, and sorry I’ve been working so hard lately.

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Classroom Procedures for Mathematicians

Entering class:
1. Enter class quietly. 2. Be in your seat when bell rings. 3. Immediately start filling out your notebook. 4. Use free time to correct homework.

Notebook:
1. Daily, fill out your notebook. 2. Date is in the upper right hand corner, above the assignment. 3. The agenda will be in the left hand corner. 4. The daily problem will be worked in the centered followed by any class notes.

Homework:
1. Follow outline correctly 2. Use loose leaf paper, front and back is acceptable, and pencil only. 3. Bring to class. 4. After grading, pass to the left. 5. No late work accepted.

If you are absent:
1. Talk to teacher before class begins with office note. 2. Copy down the missed daily page into your notebook using the classroom copy. 3. Absent homework is to be turned in the following class period.

If you are tardy:
1. Come into the classroom quietly. 2. Take your seat immediately. 3. Start on the lesson where the other students are. 4. Talk to the teacher at the end of the class.

Attention!:
1. When the teacher says “Math” the students will say “Rocks!” 2. OR if an adult raises their hand. 3. Freeze!

4. Be an active listener.

Dismissal:
1. All students are to stay seated. 2. The teacher will dismiss the class, NOT the bell. 3. Leave calm and quietly.

Pencil Procedures:
1. Stand up quietly. 2. Go to pencil cans; place used pencil into the “used” can. 3. Pick up first sharpened pencil. 4. Sit back down quietly and proceed.

Calculator Checkouts:
1. Grab a calculator from its pouch. 2. At the end of class return calculator.

3. Help other student return items. 4. When all items are returned class will be dismissed.

Missing materials:
1. Extra paper will be provided. 2. Quietly go to the back of the room and pick up the item you need. 3. Return to your assignment, work quietly. 4. At the end of the period return items to their places.

White boards:
1. A student from each group will get enough boards for entire group. 2. A student will get enough markers for group. 3. A student will grab paper towels or erasers for all group buddies. 4. At the end of class return materials to their places. 5. Check to see if desks are clean and arranged in proper groups.

Bathroom:
1. Bathroom is to be used after a lesson.

2. Raise your hand. 3. When permission granted take the bathroom pass. 4. Follow hallway procedures. 5. Return as quickly as possible, you don’t want to miss out!

If you are getting sick:
1. If an emergency, please make it to the nearest trashcan or bathroom. 2. If there is time, ask for permission to walk to the nurse’s office.

To participate:
1. Have all supplies for the day (notebook with loose leaf paper, book, planner, pencil, calculator, ruler, reading book). 2. Follow directions when given. 3. Raise hand when needing to speak. 4. Be an active listener. 5. Help others when you see it necessary.

Questions:
1. Remember there are no dumb questions. 2. Raise hand quietly. 3. When selected, ask the question. 4. Tell the teacher if the question wasn’t answered clearly. 5. If further help is needed, schedule a time to meet with the teacher.

Done with the assignment:
1. Remain quiet. 2. Check your work for any errors. 3. Work on other homework, extra credit, read a book, or pick something from the “give me more learning” table. 4. Ask the teacher if there are any classroom tasks that you can help with.

Extra credit:
1. Check to see if it is fully completed. 2. Make sure that your name is on the assignment. 3. After class place the assignment in the extra credit bin.

Group Work:
1. The teacher will assign the groups. 2. The teacher will select where the groups will meet and when. 3. Group work will be done quietly, using appropriate voices. 4. Groups will turn in one piece of paper with all members’ names on it. 5. Give all students in your group a chance to participate.

Food and drinks:
1. Water, in bottles only, is allowed. 2. Students will use only their bottle. 3. Students without water bottles can follow bathroom procedure to go to the water fountain. 4. There will be no food brought in from outside the classroom.

Emergency signals:
students. 3. Follow the school’s plan of action. 1. Remain calm, quiet, and collected. 2. The teacher will direct the

4. Help others if necessary.

Hallway:
1. Walk quietly down the right side of the hall. 2. Keep your hands and objects to yourself. 3. Students will respect other laws and the school’s procedures.

Visitors:
1. Listen and pay attention if they are speaking. 2. If the visitor is observing, do not disrupt them. 3. Remain calm and on task. 4. Ask questions at the appropriate time.

Character Development
Part of my management plan I want to incorporate character development. I plan on teaching procedures and routines the first week of school. After a week I will determine if I need to continue to teach procedures or not; for if not learn the rest of the school year will be more challenging. The students will help me to write the classroom rules; they

will still outline the school’s discipline and my own idea of rules. Part of my teaching math I would also like to teach life skills such as respect and caring. To do this not only will the classroom rules be based around those ideas, but also I will have monthly quotes and concepts to teach the middle school students. Every month I will post a new quote on our information bulletin board. We will take a class period to learn and discuss the idea of what is being said as well as refresh our past quotes. I also plan on having a quote wall where students can post inspirational and fun math quotes for other students to read (after having me review them). I want the classroom to be for the students, about the students, to teach the students about their lives; a safe, fun, learning environment. Below are a few quotes I have gathered in class. I do love how quickly though the Internet can provide more inspirational and motivational quotes. “A mistake, if understood, is a step towards wisdom.” – Unknown “When the bum is numb, so is the brain.” – Rebecca Gallemore “Insanity is doing something over and over again expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

“If a man only has a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” – Mark Twain “Real communication happens when people feel safe.” – Ken Blanchard “Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you.” – H.W. Beecher “Streakers repent…your end is in sight.” – Lorinda Hackett “Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” – Leonardo DaVinici “You’ll wake up tomorrow and wrestle the sorrow that holds you down today.” – Melissa Etheritage “The number one problem in the classroom is not discipline; it is the lack of procedures.” – Harry Wong “Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out.” – James Bryant Canat “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” – Leo Tolstoy “We know what we are but not what we may be.” – William Shakespeare “If you don’t have a plan, your planning to fail.” – Harry Wong “The stuff of life is not what life is made of!” – Rebecca Gallemore “The mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open.” – Unknown “Question your answers. Truth has not anger.” – Ed E Roland “The objective of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.” Robert Magnard Hutchins “I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” – Albert Einstein “A home without books is a body without a soul.” – Marcus Cicero “Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.” – Edward Everell “Children have to be educated, but they also have to be left to educate themselves.” – Abbe Dimnet “A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.” - George Stantayana “I am what I am and that’s all that I am.” – Popeye “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is

love and inspiration, I don’t think you can do wrong.” – Ella Fitzgerald “Anything students can do by themselves they need to be doing it.” – Jean Cozens “Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” – Albert Einstein “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson “A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” – Francis Bacon “The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all the other woes of mankind, is wisdom.” – Thomas Huxley “Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.” – George S. Patton “Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.” – Albert Einstein “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman “The whole purpose of equation is to turn mirrors into windows.” – Sydney J. Harris “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey “Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.” – Leonardo DaVinci “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” – James Dean “Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.” – Unknown “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson “Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes.” – Mickey Mouse “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” Jimi Hendrix

PERSONAL SYSTEM OF DISCIPLINE
Below I provide the main points of my discipline program to implement into my classroom from the very first day. This plan as of now is only reflective upon my goals. The plan will later be changed to accommodate the goals of the school and district in which I will be teaching for. Also, during a classroom meeting students will be able to help create the classroom rules and consequences to meet their needs; as of now I have laid the foundation of what I think is necessary for a class that is fun to learn in. I created my plan based off the sample that I read and studied in C. M. Charles’ book “Building Classroom Discipline” ninth edition. Having a foundation is the best start to any plan.

Student Needs:
To To To To To To have opportunities to excel and meet high expectations have opportunities to work cooperatively with other students learn information that is useful and promote life long skills learn in a safe, appealing, and stimulating environment learn how to respect and care for others, to feel apart of a community learn from a teacher that is helpful, caring, and educated

Teacher Needs:
Organized classroom that is neat with good room arrangement and storage Schedules that are structured and have routines, that also allow flexibility Enthusiasm and cooperation from students, coworkers, and parents Community feeling A relaxed teaching environment that is not hostile or too loud Students attention during lessons and participation when necessary Support and respect from family and friends Professional dress, speech, and actions

Classroom Dislikes:
Rude behavior; not listening to speaker or other classmates Being excessively loud, using inappropriate language and name calling Too much movement that distracts other students Property abuse Disrespectful conduct such as sarcasm and bad manners

Classroom Must Haves:
Open door policy – Good communication Safe, clean, and fun learning environment Hard work Honesty and ownership of personal actions Being positive

Class Rules – or the “To Be” rules:
- To Be PREPARED: be on time with supplies and completed assignment - To Be RESPECTFUL: be considerate of yourself, others, and property - To Be HELPFUL: providing assistance and help appropriately - To Be POLITE: follow directions and listen carefully - To Be PROUD: of your work hard on assignments and building a better community

Positive Consequences:
- Praise and verbal rewards will be given daily as seen appropriate - Many smiles and high-fives will be given out - Positive notes home will be given - ‘Thanks for your excellence’ certificate will be given to students who have shown exceptional responsibility - “Free Friday” or PAT (time for students to learn as they wish, read book, math manipulative, etc.) will be rewarded when class has been excellent as a whole. - If the school has a positive student assembly, I will nominate extraordinary students

Negative Consequences:
- The “look” warning - Private conversation; “What are you doing? Is that helpful to __? How can we fix this?” - If class is acting out as a whole, use I-statements; “I am very hurt by how the class is going today.” - Work separately in the ‘calming-space’ - Fill out think sheet - Call parent and use buddy room for student to ‘cool’ off in - Meet with parent and students together

- Meet with other helpful faculty; the counselor or other teachers (past teachers who the student loved) - Involve the principal as last resort

Preventive Measures to Misbehavior:
- Respect the students as individuals - Meet the students needs as quickly as possible - Find the fantastic positive qualities in every student - Start and end each class on a positive note - Communicate with students and parents often - Offer a curriculum that is not only challenging but one that engages the students - Use classroom meetings on a regular basis - Provide the physical parts of the room to be accommodating - Build relationships with the students - Allow students to help make decisions, they are “young adults”

When Students Misbehave:
Use proximity to raise awareness in the student Modify the lesson to accommodate the situation Pay close attention to the student and their work Implement negative consequences if needed

Parent-Teacher Communication
My beliefs about parents:
Parents are always right…. In their minds. It is our reasonability, as teachers, to fix everything. Some parents will be “back-seat” teaching. Not all parents know or show that they care about their students’ education. Parents have feelings too, work with them as individuals.

How I will communicate with parents:
Have a daily updated blog with assignments and information Call at least 8 parents every week with good news (once a month per student). Make contact early and often. Share my personal number and e-mail with parents, inviting them to contact me. Send newsletters home, as well as posting it on the blog.

How I will deal with upset parents:
Stay calm and collected. Address the issue; the child is not the problem the action is the issue. Ask them for their input and suggestions. Meet with parents as frequently as necessary to help ease their frustrations. Open and honest communication is key. If necessary, get a ‘second’ opinion.

Reflecting and Learning
Name: _____________________________________________________________________________ ___________________ Date:_______________________________________ Class Period:___________________________________________ Please fill out the following page to the best of your ability. Be honest and thoughtful reflecting on the school’s creed and the classroom rules. Take your time and write clearly. If you need to use an extra sheet of paper, feel free to do so, attaching it on the back. What was the problem? _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________ What caused the problem? _________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ What is your personal plan to prevent this from happening again? ____________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________ _______ Who would you like to make your accountability partner(s)? __________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________ Teacher’s comments:

Other comments: Student’s Signature: _____________________________ Teacher’s Signature ___________________________

Central Senior High School 423 E. Central St. Springfield, MO 65802 August 12, 2012 Dear (student’s name), My name is Megan Jones but please call me Mrs. Jones or Mrs. J. I have been married for four years now to my wonderful husband, Jeremiah. We have (number of kids) and one puppy named Albert. I graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 2011. I love to travel and have been to a variety of countries and I will try to incorporate fun facts in our math world. I enjoy taking pictures and love all art and music. Please come to class with a question to ask me! I am so excited to have you in my class! I look forward to the first day of school where we can start our fun adventure through the world of math. I am your (grade and subject) teacher. On our first day of class, you will be filling out a small questionnaire about yourself. So start thinking about what your favorite food is and what you did over the summer that gave you the best memories, but do not worry, there aren’t wrong answers for this! I hope you are as excited as I am for our first day of school! August 24, 2012 will mark the start of our adventure. I am eager to teach as I hope you are eager to learn!

See you soon, Central Senior High School 423 E. Central St. Springfield, MO 65802 August 12, 2012 Dear Parent or Guardian of (child’s name), My name is Megan Jones; I look forward to having (child’s name) in my (subject) class. I graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 2011 and loved every moment of my education. I plan on showing students how much fun learning can really be. My husband, Jeremiah, and I have been married for four years. We have (number of children) and one puppy named Albert. In my “free” time I like to travel as much as possible, learn about other cultures, and take pictures. I consider myself to be a very open person, so if you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to contact me. You can reach me at the school (school’s number) during (planning period), in the evening on my cell 913-387-9110 or my email address (insert school supplied email address). I will try my hardest to

respond as quickly as possible and answer any of your questions. We will be learning about the math world as if it were an adventure; because to me, math is an adventure! Classes will begin August 24, 2012

and open house will be a week after on August 31, 2012 between 4:30 and 8:30. Please stop by our classroom to take a look, to meet me in person, and help your child with his or her math education! I am incredibly excited to be your child’s teacher! Hope to see you August 31, 2012. Sincerely,

Substitute Teachers
Keep a file for the next day’s lessons on my desk in case I am not able to attend class the next day, which will also keep me prepared. Have a file for extra activities for those students that finish early. Have a procedure for students for when they have a substitute. Create a substitute ‘package’ that is kept in the office: o Important times and schedules of who goes where and when. o Emergency drills. o Where to find supplies (extra activity file, paper, calculators, etc.). o Buddy help; who they can go for help (teacher and students) to fix equipment or if they have a question. o Copy of classroom rules and procedures. o Personal information for them on where to eat, the restroom location, and break room. o Small form to explain to me how the class went, if I need to talk to any students. o How to collect and where to place the graded/finished homework. o A special “notes” section for if there are any special events (holidays, test, early-out, assemblies).

Records, Assessment, and Documentation:
Students will turn in their work in the labeled filing trays. Late work can be found in the late work notebook, taught as a procedure. Grades for each student will be documented in a ‘standard’ grade book AS WELL AS entered into an electronic database. If not provided by school, I will use an excel program. I will have an ongoing blog that will also document the events in class for the day (assignments, up coming test, reviews, extra credit, and other important information). I will have a word document that is saved in my private e-mail, so it can be worked on anywhere by me, that will state who I called, when, if parents call or contact me, if there were any injuries or class disruptions. Part of my classroom plan is to have students journal and take short notes about their days events and assignments. The first day of class I will have students fill out an information card about themselves that will be kept in a private note card filing box. Parents will be asked to fill out information on how to contact them; card will be placed with students card in filing box.

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