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Re: Here's my question ...

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Chaney (lchaney)
Sat, 21 Feb 1998 00:51:44 -0600


Sarah,

Try having the students write the rules! Brainstorm anout 5 rules on the board
and define them. Then discuss what will happen for breaking each rule. Post
the rules and consequences. Kids are pretty direct and fair.

Melissa Chaney
K-12

Sarah Elizabeth McDougall wrote:

> HI!
> I'm a Student Teacher and my first full week in the classroom
> starts this Monday. The classroom that I'm working in is real laid-back
> and the kids always seem at ease (7-12). As part of my course work, I'm
> supposed to think of my philosophy on Classroom Management. My
> cooperating teacher has a very Interpersonal approach with her students and
> I think that's particially why they seem to react so well to her. The
> students seem to know their limits( with my cooperating teacher) ... and
> the classroom climate has been set. The students can move as they please
> and socilaize throughout class .... I have absoluting no probelm with that
> .... actually it makes more at ease that they are not as quiet as field
> mice. Although I sometimes wish that my philosophy would fall more towards
> that of my cooperating teacher, I realize that for my own sanity and first
> experience in the teaching world, I need to try my own approach to see if I
> can feel even more comfortable....I want my student teaching experience to
> get me off to a positive start in the education world.
>
> One of my goals would be to set-up my own rules for the classroom. The
> students are not what I would even consider "bad", yet some of their
> behaviors make me so nervous (For example: throwing pencils & crayons, mild
> rough-housing, foul-language, etc.) I'd like to establish a list of very
> simple rules: No throwing objects, noise level should be that I can talk
> over (since I have a rather quiet voice and prefer not raising it unless
> neccessary). Of course, if the rules were broken, there would have to be a
> plan of action. Do I send the student who is talking over me into the
> hallway until I'm finished talking? Do I make a seating chart if noise
> level is uncontrollable? Do I start a demerit system ..... everytime you
> throw an object it gets marked down ....once it's happened 3,5, 7, .... you
> face this consequence?
>
> My mother is also a classroom educator ... although not in art. I spoke to
> her about my goal. She wondered if this would push the students away from
> me because they are already so accustomed to the classroom "climate". My
> cooperating teacher is great in that she has told me that she'll support me
> in whatever I want to accomplish.
>
> As Art Educators, what do you all think? Do you think my approach to
> classroom management will push them away from me as their new,
> inexperienced art "teacher"? My professors say that if you stick to your
> initial plans for Classroom Management, you'll be o.k., just don't go back
> on your rules. I'd appreciate any feedback :o)
>
> Sarah