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Philosophy of Classroom Management

To ensure that I am giving all my students a good and fair education, I must not only have

expectations for my students, but for myself. Both teachers and students have specific roles in

the classroom that come with these expectations.

My role as a teacher is to facilitate students’ learning. Because teachers are a crucial part in a

student’s life, an expectation I have for myself is to be a role model for my students. As a

teacher, I feel that I must be a leader of the community because teachers are often in the public’s

eye. I expect myself to respect all students. When I respect my students, I am also respecting

their cultures, interests, and perspectives. This is critical in the classroom because respecting one

another can change the classroom environment.

I believe that a students role in the classroom is to be an active learner. I feel that students

should oversee their own learning and take responsibility for their learning. I expect my students

to come to class prepared and ready to learn. I want students to be respectful of their peers and

their opinions. I believe that this is a critical aspect of today’s society and can be learned in the

classroom. I expect my students to be punctual to class and when turning in assignments because

this is an important skill to learn before entering college or the workforce.

Rules, Procedures, and Routines in My Classroom

The goals that I have for my classroom is to become a community of learners, that students

feel comfortable to ask for help, and students can respect their peer’s perspectives. These goals

will help create a safe learning environment for my students, which will then ensure every

student is receiving a good and fair education. In order to achieve these goals, I must provide

classroom rules for my students. My classroom rules include the “Four P’s”:
1. Prompt: Be on time

This rule is critical for my students to follow because this will help prepare students for the

workforce in the future. I also believe that this is needed because when students come into class

late, they can become a distraction to the other students.

2. Prepared: Bring all materials that you will need for class

It is imperative for students to have all the necessary materials for class. If students do not

have their books, notebooks, or pencils, this can lead to a distraction because they will have to

leave the classroom to get these items. Teaching students to be prepared will also get students

3. Productive: Stay on task

I have included this rule because it is important for students to know that they are expected to

be productive and stay on task in my class. This rule helps to lay out the expectation for my


4. Polite: Respect your peers, teacher, and yourself

It is important to establish a safe learning environment for your students. If students are not

being polite and respectful, then a safe learning environment cannot be established.

An important part of these classroom rules is to introduce and explain them to my students. I

plan on doing this by introducing these rules on the first day of class so that the students are

aware of my expectations from the beginning. I will go through each rule slowly and be sure to

ask the students if they have questions or need further clarification. I will provide examples of

each of these rules, so students understand what these rules mean.

In addition to introducing the classroom rules to my students, I must go over the procedures in

my class. The procedures in my class are as follows:

1. When the last bell rings, students are to find their seats and put away all electronics. There will

be a bell ringer posted on the board that students will be expected to start when the bell rings.

2. If a student needs to use the restroom, they must raise their hand and ask. The student must

then sign out and take the hall pass with them.

3. Students will be required to raise their hand for any questions, comments, or concerns. This is

will prevent students from calling out and possibly talking over other students.

4. I will require that students will not pack their belongings until I dismiss them. There may be

times when I need to remind them about homework or tests and if they are leaving the class as I

do this, they will have missed my announcement.

5. If students are absent, they will need to get the work they missed. This will be kept on a table

beside the door, which will have notes or worksheets. The time students have to complete their

make-up work will follow the district policy.

6. Technology will be put away unless otherwise stated. When the bell rings, students will put

away their technology by placing it under their desk.

7. Classroom materials will be provided for students in the middle of their grouped desks in a

container. Students will be able to use these materials when they are needed, otherwise students

are to leave the container alone.

8. Homework will be collected after I have gone over the homework with the students. Students

will pass their homework forward and I will collect it.

Consequences will be in place when the classroom rules and procedure are not followed. These

consequences will be as followed:

1. Warning

I will give students a warning, so they can correct their behavior. A warning will also make

students aware that they are not following the classroom rules and procedures.

2. Student Conference

If the student does not correct the behavior, a student- teacher conference will take place.

Depending on the issue, students will be asked to talk after class or come in during lunch to

discuss their behavior.

3. Detention

This is the next step in my consequences because I have given students an opportunity to correct

behavior. This detention may be served during lunch or after school, depending on the district’s


4. Email or Phone Call Home

When the behavior has become a severe issue, I will send an email or call home. This is a way I

can notify the student’s parent or guardian of the behavior and discuss a solution for the


5. Office Referral

If the behavior is severe and requires the attention of the principal, an office referral will be

made. This is will only be used in the extreme cases when behavior poses a threat to the learning

While consequences are important in any classroom management plan, a system of rewards

must also be in place. A reward system is a good way to encourage positive behavior in students.

When student’s exhibit good behavior I would award them points. Different kinds of behavior

would be given a specific amount of points. When students reached a set amount of points, they

would be able to pick a prize from my collection. The prizes would range from pencils to school

spirit shirts. These prizes would each have a specific number of points students would need to

have to get the prize.

Community of Learning: Selecting and Managing Cooperative Groups

I believe that group work is essential to the classroom because it gives students the

opportunity to learn from one another and hear different perspectives. It is critical that I establish

procedures and rules for cooperative groups. When using cooperative groups to complete

assignments, the students will be assigned to groups in different ways. These ways will depend

on the type of assignment that is being presented, how rigorous the assignment is, and the class

size. Groups will be selected by the teacher, the students will group themselves, or they will be

selected at random. The group selection process will be made on a case by case basis to ensure

that maximum learning is taking place.

Rules are critical to any classroom, especially when conducting group work. The rules and

procedures that I would put into place in my classroom would be to respect others and their

opinions, everyone must contribute to the group, and discussion must be on topic with the lesson.

I would also want each group member to assign a specific task to each member to help every

student have a role in the group. Some of these group roles include a group leader, a scribe, and a
presenter. The group leader would be responsible for facilitating the assignment and making sure

that it is complete. The scribe would record the groups discussion or work. The presenter would

be the student who shares the groups ideas with the rest of the class. Other rules that I would

include for group work would be for students to participate in the group and to stay with your

assigned group. It is easy for students to become distracted if there are not rules in place.