I plan PROACTIVELY by…
? …building a classroom community. I begin the year with ice breaker activities so that the students get to know me as their teacher and each other. Examples include “all about me” posters, circle talks about our favorite things, and show and tell time. When the students know each other they are less likely to act out or do anything to cause other students to exclude them from the classroom group.
? …creating rules and consequences. With guidance, the students help create rules of behavior for the classroom and consequences for breaking those rules. We chunk groups of similar rules and consequences together to make it easy to remember. They also are posted on the wall. Having preset rules and consequences makes it easier to manage tough situations. When a student starts to act out, I refer to the rule the entire class made at the beginning of the year and the consequence we all agreed on for that rule. This ensures that consequences are enforced consistently.
? …using a variety of instruction tools. I use many different strategies to teach because each student learns in a different way. I strive to use instruction that helps visual, auditory, linguistic, and kinesthetic learners. By using differentiated instruction and adaptations, I am able to make sure as many students as possible are learning the material. This helps cut down on student frustration or boredom.
? …motivating my students. This is done several ways. The first is being excited about learning. When I show my enthusiasm for a topic, the students wonder what I am so excited about and want to learn about it too. I also motivate my students by believing they can do the activities I have planned for each day, setting high expectations or goals for them to reach. When they see that I expect them to do well, the students strive to meet that standard. Another way to motivate my class is to set a scene for learning. My classroom is set up for success. Learning centers are around the room; posters are in place, and student work is displayed as well.
? …meeting the psychological needs of my students. I do this by making sure my students know that I value each of them and they can come to me if they have problems or questions. When students feel safe and secure, they are not thinking about those needs when they should be thinking about what they are supposed to be learning.
? …implementing problem-solving skills. Students are taught how to problem-solve and are guided through the process in order to make sure they understand how it works. Helping students get through their problems instead of simply punishing them gives them a learning opportunity. They grow socially and learn to shape their behavior to what is suitable in a given situation.