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Classroom Management Plan

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Classroom Management Plan

  1. 1. Colleen McGillicuddy’s Classroom Management Plan Included here are my beliefs on how to implement successful classroom management. First, it falls on the teacher.  A majority of classroom management challenges can be eliminated when the teacher reflects on her own actions first.  Three main areas to focus on are: o Schedule- is there a varied flow of the schedule between active and focused, doing and learning? Is there idle time? Are transitions smooth? How are plans made for children’s varied arrival times? o Environment- Is the room organized? Are there areas where children are out of view? Could there be a better seating arrangement for certain students? Do the students perform better on a carpet or at desks?/in a more open or structured environment? o Curriculum- Is the content challenging enough? Is the material within the child’s zone of proximal development? Is there enough differentiation? Does it connect with the children’s interests or prior knowledge?  When these questions are answered and adjustments are made, the need to talk to the children about the issue is often eliminated. Procedures in Place  From day one, the teacher needs to have organized procedures throughout the day so that students know what is expected of them.  Especially during transitions, the beginning, and the end of class time, procedures help students stay focused, stay on task, and stay purposeful.  Procedures provide structure that is beneficial for children’s development. High expectations  High expectations communicate to the students that the learning, teaching, and work done in school is important and deserves respect.  By teaching students to take responsibility for their actions by consistently pairing consequences with choices children learn not only what’s required but can excel within the structure and boundaries. With discipline, it’s about what to do rather than what not to do.  Focusing on positive reinforcement is most beneficial for children’s growth in self- esteem and can be most effective when done creatively  Positive reinforcement and focusing on the things done right also builds a strong, safe classroom environment.