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Behavior Plan Caisey Cronin Morningside College Susie Lubbers November 7th, 2013


Hypothetical Classroom: Grade Level: 8th grade Gender: 17 females, 13 males Socioeconomic status: Students classes range with some in high class, some in low class, and the majority in middle class. Ethnicity: White (10), Hispanic (10), African American (7), Asian (3) Class Size: 30 Students Education Breakdown: All students are in general classroom; 4 behavioral disorder; 5 ELL; 1 TAG Reading Level: 25 of the students are at the 8 th grade level, 2 of the students are at 6 th grade level, and 3 is at the 10th grade reading level. Room Arrangement: In my classroom, I would like the teacher’s desk to be located in the back of the room. I will have a waste basket next to my desk and next to my door. The filing cabinet and storage units will be located by my desk as well. The front of the room will have a smart board with white boards beside it. On the right side of the room you will find a bulletin board with the assignments. In the front of the room you will find a desk for supplies for the smart board, white boards, extra pencils, and a tray for homework to be handed in. The students’ desks will be groups of four with the students on the sides so they will only have to turn slightly to see the front or the rear of the classrooms. These groups will be placed in rows throughout the classroom, left to right and front to back. The classroom will look much like the one in the picture; however, there are four students in each grouping not just two.


Personal Philosophy: I find myself to be very professional which is important while conducting a classroom. It is very important that the students know the limits in the classroom. This behavior plan will help me to enforce the rules. This allows students to have structure that they need in order to perform. I always try to bring a positive and enthusiastic attitude to the classroom because if I am neither positive nor enthusiastic, why should my students be? Part of being positive and enthusiastic is the willingness or preparedness to learn. I do not understand how or why a student should put in any effort to learn if the teacher does not show the same interest in learning. It also shows the students that I am not perfect, and I do not know everything, but I am willing to do my best in helping us grow. I believe that I am willing to do this because of my appreciation and value for awareness of self and others. I appreciate and value others opinions. This will help me to create a classroom environment in which the diverse students will feel comfortable enough to voice their opinions. Another disposition that I possess is the ability to exhibit emotional intelligence in order to promote goals. I believe that this is very important in teaching because it allows me to stay focused. I am able to manage multiple tasks very well due to the fact that I help out at a daycare. This also helps me in being sensitive to others’ feelings. I believe it is also important to be aware of my weaknesses. By knowing my weaknesses and focusing on bettering those areas, possibly by using my strengths, I will be able to help more students. I believe that I need to work on my confidence or self-esteem. By working on this, I hope to improve my oral communication skills. While explaining answers or concepts to the students, I sometimes find that I answer them with a weak voice. Reflecting back on it, I believe that I answer with a weak voice because I am either unsure that the answer is in fact right, or I am afraid that they will not understand my explanation. I believe that in my own classroom I will be more confident because I will know the students, how they learn, and the content that I am teaching that day so I will be better prepared for the class. I do believe that I am a good communicator in the aspect that I try to vary the ways that I portray the information to the students in hopes that they may understand the content the second or third way I explain to do something. Another thing that I need to work on is time management. It is hard, as a prospective teacher, to know how long a lesson is going to take with having never taught it. I do believe that my time management will get better with experience and over time. By working on my self-esteem, confidence, and time management, I think that I will be an effective teacher.


Rules, Consequences and Incentives: Rules: 1. Be Prepared 2. Be Respectful 3. Be Responsible

1. Be Prepared- In order to be successful, a student needs to be prepared for class. This will not only help you be a successful student but also a successful adult. To be successful for class a student needs to bring all materials to class. They need to bring in any and all homework and have at least attempted all problems. Be in your seat and ready to work when the bell rings. It is a waste of time and the student cannot learn content while running to get the needed materials. This is also a huge distraction to the entire class. Consequences •

1st time. Warning

2nd time. Student will write it is important to be prepared and what they are going to do to be prepared for class next time.

3rd time. Student will make up the missed time to get the materials and some form of assignment book will be monitored to make sure that student can be prepared for class.

Incentive

Students who are on time and prepared for class will get praised for doing such.

2. Be Respectful- All students need to listen carefully when the teacher or other students are speaking. No judgment should be passed on any one. No bullying. Students do not speak over each other. Treat others as you want to be treated. Respect others property (ie. Keep room clean, pick up litter, return borrowed equipment in the condition you received it, get permission before using others’ materials). Consequences •

1st time. Talk with the teacher about the behavior that happened and why it is not allowed in the classroom along with an apology to the victim.

2nd time. If the disrespect continues the parents will be notified of the situations.


3rd time. The student will be sent to the office

Incentive Students who are respectful to others will be praised. Students will be praised for listening to others points of view; students will also be praised for not judging the other students.

3. Be Responsible- Students will be required to be to class on time. Students will be required to take responsibilities for their actions (ie. Homework, picking on other students, acting out in class). Consequences •

1st time. Verbal warning with reminder of rule.

2nd time. Write a letter about their actions, why they did what they did, and what they should do next time.

3rd time. Making up time before or after school for the class time that was missed due to the distractions.

Incentive

Praising students who are responsible during class.


Rationale: I have three rules in my classroom. They are to be prepared, be respectful, and be responsible. I think that these three rules cover the basics. These rules can be spread throughout everything that the students do in my classroom. With these rules, there is a set of specific consequences and incentives to help insure that every student is receiving the maximum amount of learning time. These rules are also in place to help my students succeed in my classroom and in life in general.


Procedures to become Routines: Cleanup: The room should be left as it was when the students entered. This means that all waste needs to be thrown away. All supplies are to be returned to the right place. Supplies include but are not limited to: calculators, pencils, books, desks, and chairs. Decoration: The class will be decorated with the grading system, general school information, emergency drills, as well as general math posters. On occasion, students may display some of their work on the bulletin boards in the classroom. Classroom rules state that students must be respectful; therefore, no need to worry about students being disrespectful about decorations, nor should there be any fear of students getting ridiculed for their work. Enrichment: Activities: If students are done with everything before the end of the period, they can work on homework for a different class, read a book, or play one of the various games that I have set aside for such cases (ie. Math Bingo, vocabulary words, estimation jar, ping pong game, etc.) Help outside of class: I will be available before or after school as well as during my prep period most days. During these times, students may come in and ask questions about the content or the homework. They can also come in to make up work that is not turned in or they missed due to an absence. There will also be short videos uploaded on line for most content areas to be available to students at a time convenient for them. Clerical Chores: Homework: Homework will be assigned and due on a certain day. Students will correct their own homework during class time the day it is due at the beginning of class. I will collect a grade on the homework and enter it into the grade book. Students who do not have their homework done on the due date may turn in the homework up until the chapter test. The student then would need to come in on their own time. They can correct their homework from the answer key in my book. If a student chooses to do all homework day before the test and they have time to come in and correct all of them, they can wait until the day before the test; although I would not advise this. Tests and quizzes: For a quiz, there will be review during the period right before taking the quiz. The day before a test will be used to review for the test. The review will be very interactive to ensure that students understand the material that they will be tested over the next day. All students are required to take a test; however if a student is unhappy with the score that they receive, they


may retake the test. The student must first go through the test correcting all of the problems that they missed; this is their “ticket” to get the retake. Students may retake a test as many times as needed to earn the grade that they want. The only stipulation is that all retakes must be completed one week before the semester ends. Beginning of class: All students need to be in the room. Students should be seated and working on the bell ringer posted on the board. The students also need to have the homework out so they can ask any questions that they had and so it can be graded. Attendance: Follow schools attendance policy (excused versus unexcused absences and consequences). Supplies: Students will be able to borrow pencils, calculators, and books. When class is over you must put the supplies back. If you consistently forget supplies, we will discuss what we can do in order to ensure that you will remember them next time. Technology: Technology is allowed in my classroom as long as it is enhancing student learning. Students need to be focused on classroom material; however there will be appropriate times to use technology in the classroom. I will be sure to tell students when technology is acceptable. Phones and iPods may be used for the calculator on the device and we may use them as “clickers” sometimes. As long as technology is not harming you, or others, from learning necessary content, you will be allowed to use it in my classroom. Leaving the classroom: All students must have permission from me to leave the classroom. All students must get a pass from me in order to leave the classroom. Students leaving the room will be left to my discretion. Grading: Homework 15%, Tests 35%, Quizzes 25%, and Projects 25%. Rubrics will be used in evaluating all projects. Rubrics will be given to the students when they receive the assignment. Grades will be based on a 4 point scale. 4-A, 3-B, 2-C, 1-D, 0-F


Letter to Parents Instructor: Caisey Cronin Dear Parents/Guardians: My name is Caisey Cronin. This is my first year teaching. I graduated from LeMars Community High school and pursued my education at Morningside College. At Morningside, I continued my studies in mathematical education. In only three years, I got my degree. I wanted to become a teacher for the benefit of the students. I have been a student my whole life, and in that time period, I have had many good teachers as well as many bad. It is my hopes that with my schooling, and my experience that I can create a good fun learning environment for your child. I’m eager to get started with this new year and with this great group of terrific children. I am confident that together we’ll have a fun and productive year. Contact Information: My contact information is: Email: cmc014@morningside.edu Phone: schools number Feel free to contact me anytime with any questions or concerns you may have. Course Description: In this class, your child will be learning about Pre-algebra. This course reinforces mathematical skills taught in the sixth grade with additional advanced computation. This course will include an emphasis on Algebraic concepts. Students will be studying fractions, decimals, percents, positive and negative integers and rational numbers. Students will expand their knowledge on ratios, proportions and solving algebraic equations. Your child will expand their problem solving skill by thinking creatively and critically in order to solve word problems. Textbook/Technology: Students will be provided with the textbook in the classroom as well as having access to the textbook on their computers. I plan on incorporating technology in the classroom daily. Because of this fact, students will be required to bring their computers to class daily. Their computers will be used for calculating problems as well as an educational resource depending on the day. Grading: Homework: Homework will be assigned and due on a certain day. Students will correct their own homework during class time the day it is due at the beginning of class. I will collect a grade on the homework and enter it


into the grade book. Students who do not have their homework done on the due date may turn in the homework up until the chapter test. The student then would need to come in on their own time. They can correct their homework from the answer key in my book. If a student chooses to do all homework day before the test and they have time to come in and correct all of them, they can wait until the day before the test; although I would not advise this. Tests and quizzes: For a quiz, there will be review during the period right before taking the quiz. The day before a test will be used to review for the test. The review will be very interactive to ensure that students understand the material that they will be tested over the next day. All students are required to take a test; however if a student is unhappy with the score that they receive, they may retake the test. The student must first go through the test correcting all of the problems that they missed; this is their “ticket� to get the retake. Students may retake a test as many times as needed to earn the grade that they want. The only stipulation is that all retakes must be completed one week before the semester ends. Attendance: Students will be required to follow attendance policy put in place by the school. I will provide the students with a syllabus that you will be required to read and sign off on. This will provide you with more information on their schedule, due dates for tests/projects/big assignments, as well as important school dates. Rules: I have three rules in my classroom that I believe will cover the basics as well as being able to stretch over through all aspects of the classroom and life. These three rules are to be prepared, be respectful, and be responsible. I will enforce these rules with set consequences and incentives that I will go over with the students on the first day of class. Please sign this letter indicating you have read it as well as providing me with the best way to reach you. I look forward to working with you and your child this year. Sincerely,

Caisey Cronin


Best way to contact you: □Email:________________________________________________________________________ □Work Phone:_____________________________ □Cell Phone:___________________________ □Home Phone:_____________________________ □Mail:_________________________________________________________________________ Signature:_____________________________________________________________________________


Supplemental Resources: Character Education: I believe that schools should educate students of the content as well behaving morally and ethically. One of my goals as a teacher is to create a good citizen. An easy way for me to include this in my classroom is character counts. Every month we will focus on one specific character counts. Every month, by the end of the month, each student will have to write a paragraph about how they themselves have implemented the specific character. They will also have to write a paragraph about how they have seen someone else use that specific character in the community. I will try to set a few hours aside one night a month in order to take my volunteering students out into the community to demonstrate the character while giving back to the community. The students will be rewarded with food in the form of brownies or pizza and such. For the paper that they write up for my class, each paper will be worth ten points. Every three months, we will spend reviewing the previous three characters. The six characters that we will be studying are: 1. Trustworthiness-Loyal, Honest, Reliable, Build a good reputation, Do the right thing 2. Respect-Follow the Golden Rule, Accept others, Use good manners, Be considerate, Deal peacefully with disputes 3. Responsibility-Plan ahead, Always do your best, Think before you act, Be accountable, Set a good example 4. Fairness-Treat all people fairly, Play by the rules, Be open-minded, Don’t take advantage of people, Share 5. Caring-Forgive others, Be kind, Help others, Show you care, Express your thanks 6. Citizenship-Stay informed, Be involved, Volunteer, Protect the environment, Obey laws and rules ELL Students: In order to reach all of my students, I need to have a plan in order to reach all of my students. One of the growing groups of students in my class is ELL. In order to reach them, I have a few strategies I plan on using in my classroom. 1. Vocabulary Wall- I believe this is very important in helping my students understand the key concepts talked about in my class. In the front of the class, I will have all of the vocabulary words with definitions and example equations to help students identify the kind of problem that they are working on. This will help the students understand how to solve the specific equations at all points throughout my class.


2. Small group work- I believe that putting my students in pairs or groups, this will allow them to collaborate with other students. This allows the students to work together, work on their English skills, and ask questions about anything they need in order to better understand the topic being discussed. 3. Modeling- In my classroom, I will make sure to model the problems to show students the steps in solving the equation. Along with the modeling, I will make sure to use a lot of visual aids and manipulatives for the students to see and use. This will help the students to understand the concept better because they will be able to see and/or manipulate the actual objects. 4. Modifying Homework, Quizzes, and Tests- I plan on modifying the homework, quizzes, and tests for all of my ELL students. I plan to make their questions more direct and focused. The directions may be printed in English and in Spanish at the top of the paper depending on their level of need. 5. Real world application- I believe that this step is essential for all students; however, I do believe that this step is more important with ELL students because this will give them a reason as to why they need to know the concept and how it will actually help them in real life. This allows all students to make a connection which in turn allows students to apply that concept to different areas of their life. 6. Culture- With my ELL students, I believe it is important to see where they are coming from and try to help them understand English and math, but I also think it could be very beneficial to bring some of their culture into the classroom. This will help me to make well rounded citizens. In order to do this, I plan on having students, if they are comfortable, helping me incorporate some of their customs or vocabulary into the classroom.


Parent Conference Worksheet Students Name:____________________________________________Date:_______________________ The goal of this worksheet is to update you on what your student is learning in my class as well as tell you his/her strengths and areas of improvement to ensure that your student can be as successful as they can be. Content being learned: _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ Students Strengths: 1. 2. 3. Students Areas of Improvement: 1. 2. 3. Your questions, concerns and suggestions: 1. 2. 3. 4. Background information Grading 3-Great 2-Good 1-Needs improvement Interacting with Adults

3

2

1

Interacting with Students

3

2

1

Ability to work alone

3

2

1


Attitude toward content

3

2

1

Participation

3

2

1

Effort put into learning

3

2

1

Ability to stay on task

3

2

1

Student’s classroom summary: _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ Feel free to contact me at cmc014@morningside.edu or 712-541-9021.

Parent/ Guardian Signatures:_____________________________________________________________ Date:______________________


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