Task 1 – Summarize Your Classroom Management and Discipline Pan Task 2 – Make Final Preparations for Day One Task 3 – Implement Your Plan on Day One Task 4 – Implement Your Plan on Days 2 Through 20 (The 1st Four Weeks) Task 5 – Prepare Your Students for Special Circumstances
Launch your Management Plan in the first month of school. Build positive relationships with students and communicate your expectations clearly so that you and your students are working productively as a team by the end of the first four weeks of school. Starting the year with an effective classroom management plan results in an increase of appropriate behavior and improved academic performance.
Compile essential information regarding your vision, classroom organization, and discipline procedures into a concise document for use by you, your building administrator, and substitute teachers.
Make a sign for your room. Prepare an initial activity for students to work on when they enter the room. Prepare a plan for dealing with families who want to take your time on the first day of school. You may want to send out a note to families introducing yourself and your expectations in the classroom.
Guidelines for Success Posted Rules Attention Signals CHAMPS expectations for Classroom Activities & Transitions Encouragement Procedures (Motivation & Rewards) Correction Procedures for Misbehavior Beginning & Ending Routines Procedures for Managing Student Work & Independent Work Periods
Make final preparations to ensure an orderly, respectful, and comfortable first day for you and your students. Communicate to students that your classroom will be interesting, organized, and fun! Communicate your classroom goals, rules & consequences, procedures, guidelines, and expectations. Deal with logistics such as distributing textbooks. You may want to plan a get-acquainted activity. Students should leave at the end of the day feeling welcomed into their new class and fully aware that they will be expected to work and study to the best of their abilities.
Be prepared to implement strategies that allow you to make a great impression on your students on the first day of school. The first day is important because it will leave the students feeling welcome and it will set up your expectation for behavior from the beginning.
For example… Write your schedule on the board/overhead Greet the students individually Get students’ attention as soon as the bell rings Communication ESSENTIAL classroom information in the first 10 minutes Teach your attention signal.
1. Teach your expectations before the activity or transition begins.2. Observe student behavior by circulating and visually scanning.3. Provide Corrective Feedback during and immediately after the activity.
During the first month of school, continue to implement the 3 Step Process for Communicating Expectations, and take time to verify that students understand what is expected of them. Remember that no matter how clear you are about your expectations the first day, the students need to have them reinforced regularly.
Constantly review your expectations with student during the first 4 weeks. During this time, provide frequent positive feedback and addition opportunities for practice. After this time, it will be necessary to begin implementing consequences for not meeting these expectation.
FOUR WAYS OF TEACHING EXPECTATIONS TO NEW STUDENTS Teach the new student individually your CHAMPS behavioral expectations Re-teach the entire class, having students present the expected behaviors and procedures Use another students as a buddy to help orient the student Prepare a “welcome to our class” video made by the students
TEACHING EXPECTATION FOR UNIQUE EVENTS * Students need to know how thy are expected to behave during any unique event that occurs, such as a field trip.• Model the behavior expected• Identify the specific types of situations students are likely to be engaged in during the event• Use the CHAMPS acronyms to define your behavioral expectations• Review expectations for at least four or five consecutive days
This chapter covered: the final preparations you should make before school starts what to do on the first day of school procedures and considerations to deal with during the remainder of the first month preparations for special circumstances that may come up later