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PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas.

Helping students to develop a deep love and respect for themselves, others, and their environment occurs through an open sharing of ideas and a judicious approach to discipline. When the voice of each student is heard, and environment evolves where students feel free to express themselves.

As for me, teaching provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of my hopes as an educator is to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them. I feel there is a need for compassionate, strong, and dedicated individuals who are excited about working with children. In our competitive society it is important for students to not only receive a solid education, but to work with someone who is aware of and sensitive to their individual needs. I am such a person and will always strive to be the best educator that I can be.

The important thing is not only should every child be taught, but that every child should be given the opportunity to learn.

                                                                                                          -Juana Rocha-

 

CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

I align my classroom management beliefs with the Love and Logic ideals. It is important to use positive reinforcement to gain a child’s attention and respect. I would use phrases such as, “I like how Sarah is sitting quietly and waiting for my directions, I’m looking to see who else is ready like Sarah is.” I believe that fusing love and kindness with discipline as well as giving students choices creates a positive environment in which students are better able to learn.

It is also important to establish consistent routines in the classroom. These procedures should be followed daily and be unchanging. Routines should include a morning routine to let students know exactly what their job is when they come in the classroom as well as an afternoon routine for the end of the day.

Further, it is important to set clear expectations for the students. Having clear expectations lets students know exactly what they should be doing and can prevent some behavior situations from ever occurring.

 

Example Kindergarten Classroom Management Plan

Rules:

  1. Follow directions.
  2. Be safe.
  3. Share with others.

These are my basic set of rules. The children and I will create a set of rules together on the first day of school. With the input of the students, the rules hold a higher value. Each student will hold each other accountable by having a behavior buddy. If the class is getting rowdy, I will say “check your buddy,” and each group will help each other to get back on track.

Reward System and Consequences:

I will have a pocket chart with each child’s picture and name on each pocket. A picture of a “stop light” will be next to it to signify the three colors of green, yellow, and red. Green for GO (good behavior), yellow for Warning (a chance to get back to go), Red for STOP (bad behavior). There will be cards with these colors in each pocket. The green card stands for good, yellow stands for warning, and red stands for not so good. All students will receive praise for good behavior and their green card will show in front of their pocket. When misbehavior is caught they will “change their color” by placing the yellow or red card in front.  Each student with all green throughout the week will be allowed to choose a prize from the treasure trunk. Once a child is on yellow, they have two chances to make better choices and get their name back to green.   A red card is changed after a second warning when the negative behavior continues. Only when the red card is in front will the conduct card be marked at the end of the day with comments about the misbehavior. Otherwise the conduct card will receive a stamp or sticker.  Every student will start each day with green.

A conduct card will be sent home daily with the child and the parent is to initial it daily. This reward/consequence chart helps the child to be held accountable for their own actions. If a conduct card is marked more than 5 times in a six week period, the child will receive a “U” on their report card. These consequences will be discussed on the first day of school as well as meet the teacher. The students and the parents will all have knowledge of how the “stop light” works.

This behavior system allows the students to understand that making good choices is rewarding. Praising a child helps promote good behavior. Having a behavior buddy gives the student an opportunity to check their actions. If the negative behavior continues then the consequences follow. Moving their color card to a different color on their own holds them accountable for their actions. 

Transitions to Activities:

I will have an hour glass timer set on the computer screen from online-stopwatch.com. The hour glass slowly fills as the time goes by. When the time set is done there will be a bell. This will signal the children to move to their next station. I will have a station chart set up at the beginning of the week. Each week the groups will change. I will set each group up with color labels. When the week starts the children will know what color their group is for that week. This will provide the students with an opportunity to work with every student in the class. As the class transitions from each activity they will be notified by the hour glass timer that will be displayed on the smartboard. I will present the timer on the first day of school and use it the first week regularly. This will get the students used to the sound and how the timer and schedule works. It will become routine and the students will know what comes next.

 Homework Plan:

Every student will have a folder with their name on it that will hold their conduct card and homework.  Inside the folder will be a weekly calendar explaining what will be due throughout the week. This will help the student and their parents to be informed and stay on track.  When a student receives a homework assignment, it will be placed in their homework folder. The folder will go home in the students back pack daily. All homework will be due on Fridays.

Parents Involvement in the Classroom:

In my classroom I will try to have a homeroom mom. This parent will be my liaison between me and the other parents. My classroom will be full of opportunities for the parents to be involved. I will have classroom helpers who can come in and read with the children. I will send home brown bags for parents who are willing to help cut out or put together projects for the class. There will also be opportunities for helping will bulletin boards, Junior Achievement, and class parties. I plan to have a list of volunteers who will be able to attend field trips with the class. For my classroom, I want to have as much parent involvement as possible.  

Assisting Special Needs Children and their Families:

When working will special needs children I will work alongside the special needs teachers to meet the IEP plan set up for that student. I plan to read the files of all of my students before hand to understand each student and what I can do to better serve their needs. I will also have a special conference with each of my parents to discuss any concerns that they may have for their children. It is very important that I am aware of needs of each child. By knowing their needs, I will be able to provide my student with the best learning environment as possible.