The ensuing classroom management plan details every aspect of my philosophy, rules, procedures, consequences, positive reinforcements, and classroom design for my 8th Grade English class. I will use this plan as a guide during the course of the year in order to help me make decisions, plan lessons, and work with students effectively. As Dinsmore states (2003) Classroom management is much more than a discipline plan, it encompasses the teacher's beliefs and values, as they relate to discipline, but also how they intertwine with various other underlying aspects of the class' structure. The physical environment of the classroom, the amount of teacher preparation, and ways in which the lesson is presented are three of the aspects influencing classroom management. (pg. 4)
I believe that all adolescents have the ability to set goals, work hard, stay focused, and earn good grades. With this belief, it is necessary for the teacher to be a supportive instrument in the student’s daily schedule. In being prepared to teach the daily lesson, it allows the teacher to be able to actively listen to the needs of the students and help them in any possible way that is fit for the lesson. This sets the tone that all children can learn and achieve greatness.
With well thought out and executed procedures, rules, and consistency the teacher has set up an environment that is focused on the students learning. It is also important for the teacher to provide a safe and caring environment for all students. This includes but is not limited to making it clear that all students are encouraged to ask questions, state opinions without fear of ridicule from either the teacher or another student, and is reminded that by paying attention in class and doing the work that is assigned, success can be achieved. It is also important that all students feel that they are heard and spoken to as human beings.
I believe that every student has the right to an education. I also believe that it is the teacher’s responsibility to be prepared each day and to go into the class organized and ready to begin the day’s lesson. According to Hudson (2011) Presenting well-structured lessons can minimize behavioral problems (pg. 9). I believe that with clear procedures and rules, that have been taught since the first day of school, that if and when a discipline situation arises, it is the teachers responsibility to keep the situation as calm as possible, in order to defuse the problem quickly. If it is not possible to defuse the situation, it is the teacher’s responsibility to call for help from another teacher or administrator.
On the first day of school I will have the class arranged in a horseshoe shape. I will have all seats numbered. The students will be asked to wait outside of the classroom, in a straight line against the wall. Once the hall has cleared, I will greet the class and explain the seating arrangement. I will then tell them that...