In this workshop we will introduce the topic of classroom management. This lesson will address:
Starting the School Year on the Right Foot
Minimizing _________ problems Once School Has Begun
Identifying class procedures and ____________
The one problem with which almost all beginning teachers struggle is controlling _____________ student behavior.
Students have unique backgrounds and experiences, so every day the teacher needs to address a wide spectrum of __________ student ____________.
On some days the needs of one student may __________ with those of another student or with the _________ of the teacher.
Student misbehavior makes life ____________ for a typical teacher.
Appropriate student deportment is critical to establishing and maintaining a __________ ___________.
Student behavior must be under __________ and directed toward _________ learning.
Some students arrive ready to learn, some arrive ready to __________ learning, and some do little more than just ____________.
It is the job of the teacher to move all students toward ____________.
As a new teacher, it is helpful to visualize student problems in advance and prepare options for their remediation. Talking with _______ teachers,________ teachers, and _____________ is a good place to start. This workshop will help you formulate your classroom management strategies to minimize student discipline problems.
A number of _________ discipline strategies are presented that are particularly useful for smaller, misdemeanor types of offenses. Why use a _____________to drive a nail when a normal ____________ will do the job more quickly and efficiently? .
In many cases, subtle disciplinary responses are better suited to ____________ problems and preventing them from ______________ because they provide opportunities for the teacher to remind the students of existing class rules in a ______________ way, and they do so without affecting the flow of the lesson.
A wise teacher can maintain class control so subtlety that the majority of the students in class are ____________ she is even doing it
For students who need more ___________, models for a progressive discipline plan are presented in such a manner that they can be easily modified for use in any new teacher’s classroom. Additionally, a sample Student Daily Disciplinary Form and a Student Cumulative Disciplinary Form are provided that can be used to _________ continuing discipline problems when additional record keeping is required.
It is the teacher’s responsibility to _________ and enforce the rules. If the students _______ create the rules for their own classroom, they are more likely to remember and abide by them. Ideas are provided which allow students a modicum of ____________ in the creation of these rules and the consequences for not abiding by them. Tactics are presented which allow the teacher to facilitate the development of their own rules that coincide with existing school rules.
Sometimes students do not want to do what is in their best interest. When that happens the teacher needs a tool box full of responses that vary from ____________ and passive to _______________ and aggressive in order to deal with any discipline problems that arise. Additionally, a narrative is included that helps identify reasons for student misbehavior and how to tweak your disciplinary plan for maximum effectiveness. A sample Student Behavioral __________ and an Office Referral Form are available for use or modification.
Once you have completed this workshop, you will be able to develop a ___________ ____________ ____________(PDM) and will understand strategies to manage student behavior in a wide variety of scenarios.
Behavioral modification techniques must be used effectively and ___________ throughout the school year in order to keep students focused. However, there are a few things you can do very ___________in the school year to minimize later student behavior problems.
Learn the students’ _________ as quickly as possible. The sooner, the better, so the first day is the best. Experienced teachers often have an opening ___________ involving the use of their students’ names to help them to remember them more quickly. One such activity asks the student to name something they like that begins with the same letter as their name. An appropriate response would be, “My name is Megan and I like monkeys.” The teacher then calls on a second student and has her repeat the preceding student’s name and choice. The third student called must then repeat the information for the ___________ two students. This procedure repeats until all of the students have been identified, each student responsible for one more name than the last. The teacher ends the activity by naming all of the students before the instructional period is over. Calling a student by name is a powerful tool.
Be ___________. Teachers who expect and emphasize good things in class receive more of them, and vice-versa. Students need to know what the teacher expects of them. The teacher must then create lessons that direct the students to equal or exceed this level of expectation. Before, during, and after that happens, the teacher provides a positive outlook and expects success. An experienced teacher never misses an opportunity to ____________ a child for good behavior, quality work, or continued effort.
Be ____________. Have a structured, student-centered lesson that requires students to remain attentive and active. Idle __________ are the devil’s workshop; idle __________ magnify the problem.
Begin class with an Introductory __________ Activity (IEA). This is also known as a pre-operational set or “warm-up.” The IEA allows the class to begin as the students enter the room, not when the teacher decides to begin class. Most IEAs are displayed in the same prominent location every day so the students can see them as they enter the room. An effective IEA may ask the students to respond to a question from a _________lesson or begin previewing today’s lesson. It is designed to focus the attention of the students while preparing them to learn so that the teacher may complete clerical duties such as taking ___________. Most discipline problems occur at the beginning and the end of class, and IEAs help to get the class period started on the right foot.
Have the students complete an ____________ card on the first day. Make sure it contains the home and work phone numbers and names of their parents or legal guardians, as well as the best time to reach them. Make sure the students include their parent’s first and last names (in case the parent’s and student’s last name are different). Keep it on file for the entire year. If you have a phone in your classroom, ____________ a parent’s work phone number during in class is a mild deterrent for student misbehavior.
Be the first one in class or remain in the doorway to ___________ each student as they arrive to class. A _______ ________ is always present in a cage before the animals are introduced. It shows that the trainer is in control of the space. Similarly, to tame your own savage beasts, you should be the first in and last out of your room in order to stake your claim that it is your territory and that peaceful coexistence with you in that territory requires abiding by your rules. Use in conjunction with an IEA.
The Big Picture
I noticed once that a particular teacher always stood in the doorway and shook hands with each student that entered his class. He told me that by greeting each student and ___________ them in the eye, he had a head start on preventing problems and getting them into a learning mode. I checked later to discover that he has virtually ________ discipline problems that are referred to the administration.
Familiarize the students with the class rules and penalties the ___________ week of school. Students will usually give you a week or two to establish control of the classroom. During this “honeymoon period,” insist on proper student deportment, citizenship, and self-discipline. It’s the best time to set the _____ and work ethic of the class. Teacher actions even on the first day form an impression with the students that will _____ for the entire school year.
Many new teachers make the mistake of ___________ too long to identify and enforce their rules. The best first step to establishing classroom discipline is to take steps on the ________ day.