Classroom Expectations and Policies
Establishing good classroom discipline is essential to each child’s success, confidence and well-being. Every child should feel that the classroom environment is safe and secure; free from all threats of physical or emotional harm. In addition, it is important that each child learn to develop self-discipline and good work habits, to resolve conflicts peacefully, and to think independently. For these reasons, the discipline plan I have chosen has several components.
First, the children will learn the purpose of classroom expectations and develop the idea that our classroom is a community with the common purpose of learning, growing and becoming friends.
I expect the students to:
Be Respectful Be Responsible Be Safe
The second facet of the discipline plan includes the logical consequences that may occur when class rules are broken. Examples of logical consequences include time-out away from a classroom activity for class disruptions or bothering other children, spending recess time completing work, cleaning or repairing damaged property, or written and/or verbal apologies for aggressive behavior, name calling or ridicule towards other children. This list is not inclusive since it is impossible to predict all incidents of misbehavior that may occur during the year. The idea is for the consequence to be related to the misbehavior and act as a solution or restitution for the problem. If classroom rules are severely or persistently broken, parents will be contacted by phone or email. A visit to the principal’s office is used as a last resort option, although at times it is the only option.
Examples of logical consequences include:
1st time: Verbal Warning
2nd time: Time out in the thinking chair
3rd time: Time off recess
4th time: Parent contact
5th time: Office referral
Finally, discipline includes praise. Our third grade classroom will focus on positive behaviors with lots of positive reinforcement. Praising students when they have contributed positively to the classroom environment is also a disciplinary 'tactic'. Students need recognition not only for positive reinforcement but for building self-esteem and self-worth. All students will receive praise when it is appropriate; good behavior is always worth encouraging and taking notice.
Since we all like treats your child will be rewarded through the following items:
1. A visit to the treasure box on Fridays and in the treasure box they will be able to pick from:
• Free recess time coupon
• Free time on the computer coupon
• Positive note to parent coupon
• Small toys
2. Compliment chain (every time students receive a compliment as a class, they will receive a link on the chain and when it gets to the floor they will get a popcorn or pizza party in class).
3. Positive feedback.
1. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
2. Always raise your hand and ask permission to do something.
3. Treat others with kindness.
4. Follow directions