In my classroom I expect to be an effective teacher. For this to occur I need to have effective classroom management. I will create an environment that feels safe for the students so that they can focus on learning. For me, classroom management does not go hand in hand with discipline. This is the view supported by Harry Wong as well. He is a very sought after speaker who is excellent at classroom management. I've learned a lot from listening to his speeches and feel that his practices are some of the best I've ever heard of. So as I designed my classroom management plan I knew in my mind already how I had envisioned my class being managed. It seemed that a lot of what I thought would be great to do, would indeed work since Wong had addressed some of these issues in his presentation. Some of his ideas sound like no-brainers, but you'd be surprised as you looked into classrooms in a school to see how many classes were not being managed effectively. But this will not be the case in my classroom.
[...] I only would issue passes if they needed to go to the office or another classroom for me. Or they could have a pass to go to the office if they are feeling ill. Students do not need to be in hallways as this disrupts their own class (since they have to ask to leave, etc), other classrooms (since they are in the hallways and students and teachers may see them through their door) and most importantly it takes away from that child's learning time. [...]
[...] For the timeouts I will place the child away from others such as in corner, at my desk or in a chair in an area where the others are not playing or learning. After the timeout I will discuss the behavior with the student to see if they can tell my why they received the timeout. If the behavior continues they will be excluded from the activity completely. The next three actions will take place if the student continues to misbehave. [...]
[...] I plan to have both of these types of bulletin boards in my classroom at all time. Also bulletin boards should never be boring or plain. They are an important learning aid and therefore should be bright in color, easy to understand and keep the students interested. If the boards are just colorful but do not hold the students attention or teach them anything, they are worthless. Bulletin boards are a great medium for learning and reinforcing concepts already learned. [...]
[...] Support for children with Special Needs According to the Information Center on Disabilities and Gifted Education, order to truly integrate students into the general classroom successfully, the following principles should be put into place in the curriculum: Responsibility for the learning outcomes of special education students is equally shared by the classroom teacher and the special education teacher. The classroom teacher is not only aware of the student's IEP goals, but plays a significant role in determining those goals and providing instruction to help the student reach them. [...]
[...] Open communication between all parties involved is the key to effective classroom management at any grade level. The following plan will discuss in depth how I plan to have an effective class and in turn students who understand respect, who learn every day, and who enjoy school. How would you arrange your room for productive work? First of all I'll start with how I'd arrange the desks. Since the classroom I'm planning for myself is for a kindergarten class, I would arrange the desks so the children would be in groups of 6. [...]
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