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Re: Here's my question ...

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


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

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