Step 1: Review Step 2: Ensure the School’s the Physical Step 3: Ensure the Policies & Arrangement & Classroom Climate Procedures Décor of the is Supportive & Pertaining to Classroom Are Reflects a Sense of Student & Inviting & Mutual Respect Teacher Conducive to Between Teacher & Expectations Learning Students Step 4: Step 5: Develop Step 6: Evaluate Communicate all Classroom the Overall Expectations for Policies & Effectiveness of theStudents’ Academic Procedures that Classroom Performances & Clearly Regulate Management Plan Behaviors in the All Activities Classroom
• Teacher should read (and memorize if possible) the faculty handbook.• Teacher should find and read the following information in the student handbook: • Academic Requirements • Dress Code • Rules & Consequences
The teacher should consider the followingenvironmental factors when designing his or herclassroom: • Physical arrangement of classroom • Color scheme • Bulletin board designs • Temperature • Lighting • Space
Tips for Classroom Arrangement• Ensure the classroom is barrier free and safe for students• Designate specific areas of the classroom for specific activities: • Main instruction area • Small group instruction area • Learning centers area • Computer or technology area • Free reading area • Reference book area • Teacher instructional materials area • Student materials area • Independent study area • Listening center area • Teacher storage area• Place teacher’s desk in the best location to monitor students• Place paraprofessional’s desk area in the best area to assist students• Arrange students’ desks in a manner that is conducive to
Bulletin Board Guidelines and Information• Bulletin boards can be used for a variety of purposes: • Displaying student work (neatly) • Displaying class schedule • Displaying monthly calendar • Posting of school news • Extension of instructional unit or theme • Aiding in instruction/reinforce skill • Posting notices • Decorating the classroom • Displaying word of the day• Commercial or teacher-made materials can be used• Materials should be laminated for durability• Make titles for bulletin boards to explain themes or purposes• Use contrasting colors• Bulletin boards are appropriate for all ages• Designate a storage place for all bulletin board materials
• Quality relationships help to prevent or decrease discipline issues.• Convey to students that you are confident that they can master the content.• Address and resolve conflicts in a timely manner.• Hold class meetings when serious issues arise such as bullying or harassment.• Use a variety of methods and resources to convey to students that they are valuable members of the classroom.
The Teacher should:• Set high expectations on academic performance of all students.• Clearly define acceptable & unacceptable student work.• Celebrate students’ successes and provide encouragement when a student’s mastery is not yet achieved.• Set high expectations on student behavior.• Clearly define acceptable & unacceptable behavior.• Develop a classroom discipline plan prior to the beginning of the school year.
Tips for Communicating With Students & Parents:• Certificates and awards• Class meetings• Daily progress report• Display students’ best work on a special bulletin board• Individual conference with student• Positive notes to parents or guardians• Positive notes to students• Positive sticker on a good paper• Positive telephone calls or emails to parents or guardians• Recognize acts of kindness toward other classmates• Special class privileges• Tangible rewards• Teacher-student conferences• Verbal praise• Weekly progress report
Procedures: designated methods for completing certain classactivities or tasks; the way to “conduct business”Examples:• How students enter and exit the classroom• How students are to respond to or ask questions in the classroom• How and when students will move around the classroomPolicies: a set of guiding principles or courses of actionExamples:• Grading system• Late work• Homework• Student tardiness
Ask students and parents to fill out the Classroom Management PlanEvaluation at the end ofthe year. Also take time to self-reflect on your management plan.
Shelton, C. F. , & Pollingue, A. B. (2009). The exceptionalteacher’s handbook: The first-year special educationteacher’s guide to success. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.