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Re: classroom management

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Mary Jeanne Linford (mjlinford)
Mon, 17 May 1999 22:27:55 -0700

Well, I've read the responses so far, and have to say I think we need to
differentiate between elementary and secondary when we discuss rules.
I'm elementary. I have five rules in my room:
Have fun
Do your best work
Clean up after yourself and others
Take care of the materials
Don't act like a nerd

The school rules are:

These tend to catch all transgressions, and keep us from having to have
a RULE about chewing gum, etc. We ask the student what would be the
responsible (respectful, reasonable) thing to do in that instance.

I keep the rules simple and call students on individual behavior based
on the 3 R's...I have few behavior issues, and can squelch most in the
early stages by reminding students of the 3 R's. I have very strict
behavior standards, by the way...I put up with very little disrespectful
or off-task behavior, but my students love coming to art and feel
comfortable being very creative (in fact I am constantly BLOWN AWAY by
the sophisticated, competent work my students do). My rules relate to
interpersonal behavior, not artwork. I like Harry Wong's ideas, but
have a more organic approach to the first few days of class, and know
that my style is perfectly reflected in the behavior of students...a
fact I am most grateful for and that I continue to monitor and cultivate
throughout the year. I strongly believe that we are not making
discipline policies for students, but that we are entering into
relationships with young people and I run my classroom with that in
mind. I establish personal relationships in those first precious days,
and then maintain the classroom atmosphere based on that personal
relationship. After all...who of us would choose to spend the entire
day with 26+ people in close proximity with no away or quiet time alone,
and very little personal space?