Thursday, July 31, 2014

PPG - Managing the Primary ESL Classroom (TSL3093) - Topic 7













































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  1. The information on the slides is obtained from the module of PPG Managing the Primary ESL Classroom (TSL3093).

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  2. Dear teachers,
    Please share you Personal Classroom Management Plan here.

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    1. I believe Classroom Management is the key component in any educational setting. I also believe that if the pupils are in a safe and conducive environment, then learning can take place. This doesn’t necessarily mean punishing behavior problems but rather a combination of setting the tone in a class, preventing behavior problems with interesting and engaging curriculums and effectively including all pupils in the classroom so that their needs are met. Having the right environment for all pupils to learn is my major goal of implementing good classroom management--without it the pupils would not be able to learn. Meeting the needs of my pupils is a very crucial part of my classroom. I want them to be comfortable among each other, as well as me, so that there can be meaningful discussions and interactions. Talking will be common place in my classroom, along with group work. I want to encourage all the pupils to participate in class so that they can learn from each other as well as me. I want to have a democratic and equitable classroom so that the learning process goes well and smooth. I want to be a fair as I can be, so the pupils trust and respect me.
      I also believe if my pupils feel they are involved in the workings of the classroom, they will be more motivated to engage in the class and in turn, learn.
      I believe that students should be constantly challenged and provoked to think critically. I will use all the posters throughout the year and hope that they will engage the pupils’ minds while sitting in class. I am also a big advocate of ‘groupwork’ and I show in my second map how the desks will "magically" change to accommodate the groupwork process. I would have all the pupils sitting together with all the desks facing into the group. This will lead to discussions and will not let anyone feel left out of the group physically. I intend to use groupwork as a different instructional technique to include as many learners as I can–using multiple-ability tasks so that every level of learner can be an active participant and they can learn from each other. My desk will be in the middle back of the room, but used mostly for my administrative tasks. I will have a computer in which to keep grades and will have lesson plans, attendance sheets and miscellaneous paperwork organized there. I can monitor the pupils during their writing task clearly from this post plus I can control their behavior especially about management of setting things in their desk. I will take a seat in the "circle" to conduct lessons as well as moving around the room. I would like to have resources available for the pupils such as dictionaries, atlases, and books pertaining to the unit. These resources could be additional materials that pupils can look through out of curiosity or of obtaining extra information on a subject. Of course, I would love to have a few computers in the classroom so that we could use them to enhance the curriculum–whether looking on my homepage for assignments, using them for new research or using them to type essays into Word. I also will have butcher paper and plenty of markers, colored pencils and crafts items in which the pupils can create presentations. I intend to involve them in drawing, making, singing, rapping or making mobiles of the lessons and I want to be equipped in having materials for them to use and be creative at all time.
      My classroom will be fully decorated with all the learning themes. Birthday chart, duty roster and classroom’s timetable are creatively done and display on the main notice board. I want my classroom to have cheerful and colourful decorations and corners to display pupils’ creative artwork later on.

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    2. Hi Azlima here I would like to share my personal classroom management plan experience with you:

      I want to be consistent with my students in terms of Classroom Procedures. I always want to have the agenda on the board so they can copy it down in their notebook everyday as they walk in. On some days I hope to have a free-writing assignment so I can take role and they can be engaged and working on their writing. I will use interactive notebooks so students can do all homework assignments in the notebook as well as take class notes in the notebook and staple in any handouts. The purpose of this notebook is to keep all class materials in one place so when they go to study for a test, they are not looking all over for loose papers. In these notebooks, students can show their creativity in designing a cover page for each unit as well as doing free-writes or reflections to the lessons and central questions right in the notebook. I will go around the room and stamp the homework each day it is due and will collect the notebooks every two or three weeks to grade. Even if the student did not get the homework done, they may lose a point because they did not have a stamp, but still has time to get the assignment done by collection time. By stamping the homework and not grading it, it adds consistency to the classroom but does not lead to negative feelings every day of having the homework graded.

      If students are having some trouble getting homework in or not doing well on tests, I will have a conference with them to help them get back on track. I will make a plan with them that their parents will sign, if necessary. I do not want my students falling behind because they are not doing their work. I want to stay on top of the students who may need an extra push. I want all my students to feel important in my class and another way I can accomplish this is helping them with their schoolwork and organization. I will be another person setting high expectations for all my students and helping those who may need some extra attention to accomplish their goals in the classroom. I want to students to understand that they do have control over their learning and it is not an innate skill or gene. I want to help those who need it most by working with them one-on-one if necessary.

      I would grade on class participation including attendance, homework, groupwork and tests and quizzes. I would love to have the students create a portfolio of their work in alignment with their notebooks so they can be graded on their improvement and competency with the material so it is not solely graded on traditional tests and quizzes. Group work is graded both at a group level but also at an individual level. I would like to grade as holistically as possible and I do not want students who are successful on tests, presentations or group work assignments to be penalized too much if they are not completing all assignments. My policy on late work will be that it is accepted but at a lower grade. I want students to learn, first. I do not want them to forget an assignment just because they missed the deadline. I want them to do the assignment and learn from it and if it is handed in late, well their grade on the assignment will automatically go down.


      Ganesan Veerappan
      PPG Tesl
      Sem 5

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  4. Classroom Management Plan

    I believe Classroom Management is the key component in any educational setting. I believe that if students are in a safe environment, then learning can take place. This doesn’t necessarily mean punishing behavior problems but rather a combination of setting the tone in a class, preventing behavior problems with interesting and engaging curriculums and effectively including all students in the classroom so that their needs are met. Having the right environment for all students to learn is my major goal of implementing good classroom management--without it the students would not be able to learn.

    I am committed to making my classroom a safe and challenging environment and engaging my students through the curriculum as well as getting to know them and interacting with them one-on-one. I believe that meeting the needs of my students is a very crucial part of my classroom. I want them to be comfortable with the other students, as well as me, so that there can be meaningful discussions and interactions. Talking will be common place in my classroom, along with group work. I want to encourage all students to participate in class so that they can learn from each other as well as me. I want to have a democratic and equitable classroom so that students can learn. I want to be a fair as I can be, so the students trust me.

    I feel that I have a very patient and calm attitude with my class. I ask students about their life outside of class and feel that they respond in class even more, knowing that someone is paying attention to them. I want them to feel comfortable asking questions of me. I think my attitude towards the students is not overbearing or authoritative. I do not believe in forcing the students to do anything. I want to work with them in all circumstances so that we can achieve together and they don’t feel like I am spoon-feeding them information. I want students to be a part of their learning. I want to motivate students to learn and keep their interest by using engaging curriculum. I want to involve students in rules about the classroom as well as what curriculum they would like to study. I believe if students feel they are involved in the workings of the classroom, they will be more motivated to engage in the class and in turn, learn.

    As I stated earlier, I believe Classroom Management is the key to an environment where learning can take place and students can feel safe participating. I hope to create an environment that is conducive to learning and involves all my students. I believe the most important part of classroom management is not the behavior problems but creating a good rapport with the students, encouraging them to succeed and setting high expectations for them. As well as using an engaging a curriculum, I believe you can create this environment and it will limit the behavior problems in your classroom from the start.


    Ganesab Veerappan
    PPG Tesl
    Sem 5

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    1. Well done Ganesh. Your efforts shine through and will make you a better person in the future. In my opinion a well-organized room is essential for excellent classroom management. It is a room that is functional, has clearly designated areas for tasks, and has all materials easily accessible for everybody.
      In my class pupils' desks are not in rows. This usually only encourages poor behavior, and rows take up valuable space that could be used for pupils' to work together. Desks are placed in groups of no more than 5 or 6 students (depending on my class size). The groups are spaced apart enough so that you can rotate completely around them. My lessons even follow classroom routines. The pupils need to know what to expect from a lesson, where they are going with it and what they need to show for it. These are my objectives. Basically knowing when to enrich or intervene needs to be a part of any classroom management plan. I will accomplish more during the day, my pupils will be more positive about school and I will be doing what I do best – TEACHING.

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  5. Personal Classroom Management Plan For ESL Classroom

    When developing classroom plans and teaching methods, many teachers use collaborative learning techniques. This generally involves intergroup learning and the use of verbal interaction. Where the teacher is not just teaching, rather giving the students an opportunity to learn through interpersonal interaction. Some use peer groups for classroom management, thereby creating more time for personal interaction with individual students. Others use this teaching strategy to enhance students' motivation by making class work more "fun." Still others believe that collaborative learning can provide valuable opportunities for students to work together across ethnic and gender lines, thereby facilitating friendships. All of these reasons for the use of collaborative group work are worthy goals in classroom instruction. Seldom, however, is conceptual learning the primary goal behind the use of collaborative group techniques.

    Following is a classroom plan that enables effective classroom management of time, and
    organization of activities for children.

    Prepare a schedule that allows time for learning as well fun and activities. Rearrange the daily schedule, go outside to read, give clipboards to students and go outside to draw, have a theme day. For instance for every first Monday of the Month, students can come dressed in the colors of the rainbow, or for older students, they come dressed creatively in some historical attire and bring along something that they have that relates to that attire. Discussing these makes a good start for the day. These are of course just ideas and leave room for the teachers' ingenuity. Begin the day with bell work, which is an introductory task or activity that should get them into the learning mode. From then on the lesson plan can be followed with regular fun intervals and breaks.

    Ask the students to write once or twice a week: What did you learn today? for instance, and also take them outside on the school grounds and ask them to study something specific, be it the actions of a gardener, a butterfly or even the different kinds of flowers in the garden. Then ask them to write about them. This provides for the leisure and fun time activities.

    When passing out tests or worksheets or notices, write the names of absent students on the papers left. When students arrive to begin the day, have them remove everything that will be needed during the day. Have a rule: NO one may get into a backpack during the day. Write a red M in the top right corner on all Master copies. This will distinguish the Master from a copy very easily and prevent accidentally passing out the master to a student. Always spend the last few minutes of the day and review: Hopefully, when parents ask about the day, students will have an answer other than "Nothing!"

    In addition in particular classroom activities can be assigned to different students individually or in pairs. For instance someone can be made the monitor, to clean the blackboard, someone can be the chair stacker, someone can be the timekeeper etc. This way the small tasks that need to be completed through the class are managed by the students enabling them to take responsibility.

    One key here that adheres to the theories on classroom management by Howard Glasser and Dreiker, is that of collaborative and verbal interaction learning. Throughout the class time students should be involved with verbal interaction with the teacher. The day should be planned such that it gives time and opportunity for all different students to have a special moment. Some experts believe that every student can have a focus week, where he/she gets a few minutes in the beginning of every class to share his life with the students. It not only aids in interpersonal learning, as well as linguistic learning, but it also makes the students feel special.

    Uma Mageswari Balakrishnan
    PPG TESL
    Semester 5

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  6. An effective classroom management is really important to a great school year. As a teacher, my plan is according to the behavior of the pupils towards the lesson. It is really important for me to know the behavior of each pupil in the classroom. Then I will try to adapt their behavior in my lesson. Every class that I teach, I will try to understand the behavior of the pupils before I get deep into the lesson.
    My next plan is using praise and rewards which is really effective to get the better outcome from my people. Praising pupils’ attitude towards the lesson will motivate them to be more active and allow them to express ideas without feeling shy. Giving rewards each time I did a big activity particularly during individual activity will give them more motivation and more inspiration to give the best they can.
    I also imply group praise and rewards in my classroom. By doing this the pupils will be more motivate to work together as a team and give the best they can so that their group will be on the top. I will also have the great time teaching them as I saw myself that my pupils will keep on improving themselves to be a better learner. Group work will also help the passive pupils by becoming more active in each task given to them. This will make eat easy to manage the pupils during the lesson.
    In the classroom of 30 to 35 pupils, I need to be aware of my pupil’s movement in the classroom. To improve my awareness, I use verbal and non-verbal signals to remind my pupils’ behavior. Pupils will either get positive or negative signals form me such as using my body gestures to either praise them or reminds them of their behavior. Sometimes changing the pupils’ seating will allow me to get more attention from them. Certain pupils will have problems in engaging with the lesson if their seats are either close or far from the teacher. By moving those pupils to new seating from time to time will help them to stay engage with the lesson.
    Having a set of rules are really good to have if I want a better class management. I want my pupils to know these rules so that they will be aware of the rules in every lesson. Firstly I want the pupils to respect me as their teacher and their friends. Then, I want them to be more responsible as a learner. Next, I always want them to listen carefully to every instruction given to them and lastly I would want them to treat their friends well so that they will get better treatment in return.
    Lastly, I will set some procedures and routines to the pupils. These procedures and routines will help their awareness of every task given to them. It will help the pupils in doing their individual work, group work and homework. By having this, It will make the pupils more responsible and can avoid problems between them.

    Mohd Nizam Mohamed
    PPG TESL
    Semester 5

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    1. hi nizam should try this method too...

      “WITH-IT-NESS,”
      “with-it-ness,” which is the idea that the teacher knows what is going on in their classroom at all times. They understand the importance of having a close eye on students. Teachers who have “with-it-ness” are able to spot areas where misbehavior may arise, when students are upset, and are able correct problem behaviors before they cause major distress to the classroom. These teachers are able to manage their classrooms at all times and prevent problems from occurring or expanding. In a community of learners, it is the duty of the teacher to make sure everything runs smoothly for students. By being able to spot problem behaviors before they get out of line, I will be keeping my community of learners on tasks and helping keep a safe learning environment. Many problem behaviors occur during transitions. By having set procedures and routines, I will be able to eliminate behavior problems before they arise. I hope that through experiences, I will develop the strong “with-it-ness” skills to manage my classroom.

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  7. Task 1a
    Effective classroom management is much more than just administering corrective measures when a student misbehaves. It’s about developing proactive ways to prevent problems from occurring in the first place while creating a positive learning environment. I believe Classroom Management is the key component in any educational setting. I believe that if students are in a safe environment, then learning can take place. This doesn’t necessarily mean punishing behavior problems but rather a combination of setting the tone in a class, preventing behavior problems with interesting and engaging curriculums and effectively including all students in the classroom so that their needs are met. Having the right environment for all students to learn is my major goal of implementing good classroom management. The best rule that I have heard and I would believe to be my attitude towards classroom rules is that I need a classroom where learning takes place, and if we can respect each other then we don’t need any other "rules." I would like to give my kids the freedom to eat or drink as long as they are responsible for their trash and mess. I will ask them to put their drinking water safety at the back of their class. This report will teach me practical ways to create favorable conditions for learning, including how to: get the semester off on the right foot, prevent cheating, incorporate classroom management principles into the syllabus, handle students who participate too much, establish relationships with students, use a contract to help get students to accept responsibility and employ humor to create conditions conducive to learning. For me, important commit to these core value principles, Fairness / Justice / Respect Honesty /Integrity. Hear all sides before judging, protect students from unfairness from other student, apologies when I’m wrong, respect students right to high quality learning experience and maintain a positive attitude.
    Maria bt Zainal
    PPG TESL Ambilan Khas

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    1. Hi Maria.. I agree with you. Instead of correcting or punishing the pupils, we as teacher must sometimes take another type of measuring and handling pupils misbehavior. That is why must understands why our pupils misbehave during our lesson. It will takes time to really know the problem that makes the pupils misbehave. In the end, we as teacher must know certain ways or maybe a new type ideas just to really get the pupils be a better learner.

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  8. Classroom Rules

    The best rule that I have heard and I would believe to be my attitude towards classroom rules is that I need a classroom where learning takes place, and if we can respect each other then we don’t need any other "rules." I absolutely believe in keeping a safe environment where put-downs and name calling is not allowed–this also falls under respect. If I can have respect for my students as well as having them respecting each other, I believe this leads to a safe environment where learning can take place. I am not a stickler for gum chewing or eating and drinking as long as it does not interfere with learning and doesn’t make a mess. I would like to give my kids the freedom to eat or drink as long as they are responsible for their trash and mess. If it gets out of control, I will let them know that the privilege will be taken away, right from the beginning. I also do not mind if students wear hats in class. To me this is an ancient rule and as long as the hat does not interfere with learning, then I will let them wear them.

    I may try to create a class constitution if behaviors in the class are inconsistently out of control. I really like the idea of having the students involved in making their own rules and negotiating with each other which ones to put in the constitution. If the students are involved in making the rules, I believe they will be more inclined to obey them and the consequences that will be implemented will not be fought against. I would have the students write the final constitution on a poster board and hang it in the room. I would also send the constitution home to have the parents sign it and return it to me so that I can include them in what we are trying to accomplish in the classroom.

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  9. “LEAD TEACHING” VERSES “BOSS TEACHING.”
    “Lead teaching” is teaching a group of students in positive ways in which there are strong student-teacher relationships. “Boss teaching” occurs when a teacher wants to be a controller and not allow students to give their ideas and desires. It is important to be a “lead teacher.” By being positive and open with students, the classroom will be a fun and safe place for students to learn and grow as a community of learners. I will work together with my students and avoid the seven deadly habits that lead to “boss teaching.” Teaching is not controlling, but rather working with the students to learn, grow, and succeed together. By having strong student-teacher relationships with students, the classroom will be a safe place for each member of the community of learners to express their feelings and work together. Academic success depends on these close relationships and guidance that teachers and students have with one another.

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    1. Hi Perlyn..i really love the way you concern the students and care for their safety while the teaching and the learning process. This shows that you are a good and caring teacher. Personal Classroom Management Plan is the way how planned well.Setting personal goals is the first step to take on the journey to classroom management success. However don't confuse personal goal setting with setting objectives for classroom management strategies. Strategies are specific steps to take in specific situations, such as how to devise a seating plan, or how to use resources in lessons. Personal goals are principles that guide us in every aspect of classroom management and are as much about the kind of person we're striving to be as about the steps we take to be successful in the classroom.

      Uma Mageswari Balakrishnan
      PPG TESL
      Semester 5

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  11. Hi Perlyn...i like the way you deal with the students. Its shows how you concern them and care them too.Students safety is the most important part to be concerning i think. Setting personal goals is the first step to take on the journey to classroom management success. However don't confuse personal goal setting with setting objectives for classroom management strategies. Strategies are specific steps to take in specific situations, such as how to devise a seating plan, or how to use resources in lessons. Personal goals are principles that guide us in every aspect of classroom management and are as much about the kind of person we're striving to be as about the steps we take to be successful in the classroom. So you are a inttegrated teacher it seems...keep it up!

    Uma Mageswari Balakrishnan
    PPG TESL
    Semester 5

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  13. I believe every student should feel welcomed and respected in the learning environment and deserves an equal opportunity to learn. When students are learning they are stepping outside of their comfort zone, so it is essential to provide a safe and positive environment with a teacher who is supportive, helpful, and enthusiastic. Higher-level tasks and activities are much more memorable and enjoyable for students and should be incorporated daily in the classroom.
    Rules and procedures for the classroom will be established with students (Marzano). I will utilize various effective classroom management strategies and be consistent with all rules and procedures. I carry such a great passion for teaching, helping others, and making a difference; therefore, I will be enthusiastic and positive when teaching.
    As a teacher, it is my goal to provide a safe learning environment for each and every student. I will often incorporate project-based learning in place of paper and pencil tests and will utilize various forms of formative assessment to ensure my students are on track and learning to their potential.
    A traditional approach in a classroom involves lecturing, worksheets, and textbook questions; however, my approach to my classroom involves looking at real-life applications and problem-based learning. I will differentiate every lesson to address the diverse types of learners that are present in my class. Differentiation and hands-on learning can happen in a mathematics classroom and I will ensure no student is left behind in the learning process. “It is crucial for a teacher to be passionate, knowledgeable, and prepared for what they are teaching. This can make the difference of having students engaged or not” (Westwood).
    Respect and trust are two main components of an effective relationship. I will work collaboratively with colleagues by sharing resources and ideas to ensure better instruction practices. Second, students need to feel like they matter. They should feel welcomed and accepted in the classroom. Simple but effective gestures (i.e. greeting students) can make a students’ day and make a student feel special (Albert). By showing students I care about their learning, they will be more encouraged to participate in the learning. Having a professional and respectful relationship with parents is also imperative.
    I think it is important to establish classroom rules and procedures with the students. This includes them in the process and also helps them to be more responsible for their behavior. I will also establish fair consequences with the students. These may include staying after class, coming in at lunch, staying afterschool, or doing extra work. Some of the rules and procedures of my class may include:
    1. Enter the classroom on time and prepared for class.
    2. Try your best and be open to trying new things.
    3. Respect the classroom
    4. Treat others fairly and with respect
    5. Make eye contact with a student who is misbehaving and show them you are aware of their
    behavior.
    6. Use a physical signal (ex. shake my head) to tell a student their behavior in unacceptable.
    I hope to develop positive relationships with my students by respecting them and taking interest in them personally. I hope students will be engaged and ready to learn when they come into my class.

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  14. Class Management Plan

    When my students enter the classroom, I want their minds to be ready to learn. Because of this, I want my students to be on time with proper materials and materials. From the beginning of the year, I want to develop classroom management so that my students see me as the leader. I want my classroom to facilitate thought and experience, not feel confining. Like John Dewey, I want my students to see school as a model of society. Society has rules that you must follow, but you also have control of the direction you go (Newman 238).
    I understand that classroom management includes much more than rules. By creating routines, a seating chart, transitions, and mutual respect, the teacher is able to manage the classroom. By understanding and upholding the school rules, I want the mantra of my classroom to be respect. Respect takes many forms and when I tell my students that this is what I demand, this is what I mean:
    Respect your education by coming to class prepared and ready to learn.
    Respect other’s education by staying focused and not being distracting.
    Respect me by listening and adding comments at appropriate times.
    I will strive to keep any discipline that is necessary inside of the classroom, rather than involving going to the office unless I feel that I am not prepared to handle the situation.
    I will create a seating chart that takes into account the needs differences of my students. I will watch how students work together and what may distract them.
    Routine is very important because it creates a consistency that students can count on. This makes them feel comfortable and safe right when they walk into the classroom because they know what to expect. In my classroom, I will start the period with a journal entry in response to something that they will read on the board or hear from the news. I think that this is a good way to get students sitting down and focused right when they enter the room.
    I want my students to move around, get involved and be active in their educations. I want to serve as their guide as they pursue their own education. I want my classroom to prepare my students for the real world.

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    1. Hi Shikin... I think I like the way you settle with the pupils. Its shows how you create a conducive environment and you also concern and care about your pupils too. Students’ seating is the most important part to be concerning and I certainly agree about it. As a teacher also you have put an effort to ensure your pupils can move easily to complete their task in pair or group.
      Other than that, you have set your personal goals. It is the first step to take for each classroom management success. Many kind of strategies are specific steps to take in various situations, such as how to devise a seating plan, or how to use resources in lessons.
      Start as early as we can. So that the pupils will feel comfortable in the classroom with us and also at other place in the school too during out-door activities. As I am concern, we as a teacher can create many attractive classroom management plan for our pupils for their own advantage and future.

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  15. The following classroom management plan details every aspect of my philosophy, rules, and expectations for my English 10 class. I will use this management plan as a guide throughout the year in order to help me make decisions, plan lessons, and work with students.
    Classroom Philosophy
    My personal philosophy when it comes to education and learning is closely related to several cognitive theories of motivation. I believe that what goes on the classroom is my responsibility, and, by working with students, all of us can create an ideal environment for education, safety, understanding, and even fun. By keeping things positive, I believe that students will end up learning more and getting more out of each and every lesson.
    I know that all students want to succeed at some level. By working with each student individually, I can learn what they want to achieve and help to point them in the right direction. If their goals fall short of expectations, I will figure out why they are setting low goals, and work with them to meet those goals and set new ones.
    By treating each student with respect, and by trying to understand each of them on at least some level, I believe that I will be able to better communicate with them. Opening up a positive dialogue that encourages thoughtful interactions will lead to greater understanding and motivation in the classroom. While I realize that some form of punishment may be needed if a student continually acts out in class, I would much rather understand why they are acting out in the first place and work with them to correct the problem before things get worse.
    I plan to follow these principles in order to create a classroom environment that fosters learning, respect, and civility.
    School Policies and Procedures
    While I have my own specific set of guidelines, preventative measures, and rules for my class, I will defer to school policy in most situations. I have made sure my management plan adheres with school policy, and I have adapted several school regulations into my philosophy and rule list.
    Preventative Measures
    Share rules up front: Students should not be held accountable for breaking rules or doing things wrong that were not explained to them. On the first day of class, and periodically throughout the year, I will review my set of expectations for behavior, learning, and more. While these are not necessarily strict rules that much always be followed, I need to make students aware of my expectations in order to point out when they are doing something I am not okay with.
    Treat students with respect: I will treat my students as adults, and I will show my respect by speaking to them as I would like them to speak to me. If a student behaves in a way that does not earn them my respect, I will attempt to work with them to correct the problem.
    Create a positive environment: The lesson plans, homework assignments, and even exams must work together to create a positive experience that students will want to take part in. I will design each aspect of my lessons to foster an environment where education and learning come first, while trying to keep things as fun and interesting as possible.
    Use various teaching methods: Everyone, myself included, will become bored and frustrated if the format of every class is the same. That is why I plan to mix things up by incorporating various forms of education, as well as different types of assignments and projects.
    Encourage participation: By keeping students engaged in each lesson, I can keep them focused on the material while allowing them to communicate with me and their peers. I plan to include several sections in each lesson that revolve around classroom participation.

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  16. The Classroom Management Plan
    Through your work for this course you should be beginning to develop your ideas about how best to manage your classroom. There is certainly no one best way and teachers develop their own style of classroom management. This also remains a work in progress as teachers change and develop their style according to their experiences and the classes they teach.
    The purpose of this assignment is to begin this process of developing a management style that works for you. This plan will enable you to better understand how you will teach and increase your confidence in your approach to classroom management. It is proactive rather than reactive to student demands. However, in the light of the realities of your student teaching placement you may wish to amend this plan and it is essential to remain flexible. You may wish to write a new plan at the end of your student teaching and a rationale for your amendments. At this stage the plan should be seen as your ‘ideal’ as the realities of your student teaching placement may mitigate against some of your plans. At appropriate points you should refer to the relevant theorists that we have discussed in this course. The plan should include the following: (you should give a rationale for your choices)
    1.A philosophical statement on your beliefs about classroom management. This should include a description of what you believe to be your teaching style.
    2.Room arrangement map, or maps for different types of activities including a student seating arrangement, teacher desk, resources, displays, etc. You should include a written explanation of your choice of arrangement(s).
    3.Classroom rules — How are they arrived at? What might they include? How are they communicated to students, parents, administrators etc.
    4.Classroom procedures — How are the lessons structured? How do they start and finish? This should also include some of the principles of your assessment and grading plans.
    5.A description of how you intend to encourage and respond to positive students and how you will manage students that are behaving negatively in your class. What techniques are you going to use to maximize the effectiveness of your classroom management? You should refer to specific techniques that we have discussed in class.

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  17. TASK 1 - CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT PLAN

    CLASSROOM ARRANGEMENT

    1.While good classroom arrangement is not a guarantee of good behaviour, poor planning in this area can create conditions that lead to problems.
    2.The teacher must be able to observe all students at all times and to monitor work and behaviour. The teacher should also be able to see the door from his or her desk.
    3.Frequently used areas of the room and traffic lanes should be unobstructed and easily accessible.

    4.pupils should be able to see the teacher and presentation area without undue turning or movement.

    5.Commonly used classroom materials, e.g., books, attendance pads, absence permits, and student reference materials should be readily available.

    6.Some degree of decoration will help add to the attractiveness of the room.

    SETTING EXPECTATIONS FOR BEHAVIOUR

    *Teachers should identify expectations for student behaviour and communicate those expectations to students periodically.

    * Rules and procedures are the most common explicit expectations. A small number of general rules that emphasize appropriate behaviour may be helpful. Rules should be posted in the classroom. Compliance with the rules should be monitored constantly.

    * Do not develop classroom rules you are unwilling to enforce.

    * School-Wide Regulations...particularly safety procedures...should be explained carefully.

    * Because desirable pupils behaviour may vary depending on the activity, explicit expectations for the following procedures are helpful in creating a smoothly functioning classroom:

    - Beginning and ending the period, including attendance procedures and what students may or may not do during these times.
    - Use of materials and equipment such as the pencil sharpener, storage areas, supplies, and special equipment.
    - Teacher-Led Instruction
    - Seatwork
    - How pupils are to answer questions - for example, no student answer will be recognized unless he raises his hand and is called upon to answer by the teacher.
    - Independent group work such as laboratory activities or smaller group projects.

    Remember, good discipline is much more likely to occur if the classroom setting and activities are structured or arranged to enhance cooperative behaviour.

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    1. As I stated in my answer/ reply to this topic/ task, I believe Classroom Management is the key to an environment where learning can take place and students can feel safe participating. I hope to create an environment that is conducive to learning and involves all my students. I believe the most important part of classroom management is not the behavior problems but creating a good rapport with the students, encouraging them to succeed and setting high expectations for them. As well as using an engaging a curriculum, I believe you can create this environment and it will limit the behavior problems in your classroom from the start.

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  18. THE CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT PLAN
    lassroom Discipline. This discussion forum thread (click here) is a very interesting discussion on discipline in the ESL classroom. It shows different teachers using different discipline techniques in their classes and highlights methods to deal with and prevent disruptive or unresponsive students.



    Classroom LayoutClassroom Layout. Although younger kids like to have the security of a routine lesson many older children (7+) need variety to generate and maintain interest. One thing you can try is different classroom setups. Re-arrange desk/seating positions and make sure kids have the chance to sit next to different friends. Change the positions of well established things - the toy box, posters, board, etc. Make the rearrangements into a challenging game: "Where is the tape recorder?" "Whoever can find the pencils first wins a point!" and so on.



    CushionsCushions. Cushions (to sit on) can really help with classroom management as they make student arrangement a quick and easy task. If you want students to sit in a circle, for example, just arrange the cushions in a circle and tell your Ss to sit on them.



    Star JumpEnergy Burning. Kids have so much energy they sometimes need to just burn some off if they get restless. Try a 3 minute exercise routine (good for basic verb learning too!): T says "Jump (8) times" and students jump together. Then move on to "Run on the spot", "Turn Around", Hands up and down" "Hop" and "Star Jump". This activity can be made more challenging by making it a 'Simon Says' game.



    Homework MarkingHomework Marking. Young learners take a lot of pride in their homework (even at 2 years old!). When marking you should be very positive and encouraging. Finish off with a sticker, stamp or happy face drawing and a comment - for younger learners comments like "Great", "Wonderful", "Good Job", etc. are really appreciated. For older students a couple of lines, often giving your (positive) opinion of what has been written or drawn, can go a long way and also encourage reading practice!



    Points systemPoints system. If you don't mind a competitive element to your lessons - write your students names on a piece of poster paper. During the class if a student does something special (gives a correct answer, wins a game, helps another student, uses English independently, etc.) s/he gets a point - symbolized by a stamp or mark next to their name on the poster. At the end of the lesson the student with the most points wins a prize (a sticker or candy). Try and make sure that each lesson a different student wins.

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  19. I believe Classroom Management is the key component in any educational setting. I believe that if students are in a safe environment, then learning can take place. This doesn’t necessarily mean punishing behavior problems but rather a combination of setting the tone in a class, preventing behavior problems with interesting and engaging curriculums and effectively including all students in the classroom so that their needs are met. Having the right environment for all students to learn is my major goal of implementing good classroom management--without it the students would not be able to learn.
    I am committed to making my classroom a safe and challenging environment and engaging my students through the curriculum as well as getting to know them and interacting with them one-on-one. I believe that meeting the needs of my students is a very crucial part of my classroom. I want them to be comfortable with the other students, as well as me, so that there can be meaningful discussions and interactions. Talking will be common place in my classroom, along with group work. I want to encourage all students to participate in class so that they can learn from each other as well as me. I want to have a democratic and equitable classroom so that students can learn. I want to be a fair as I can be, so the students trust me.
    I feel that I have a very patient and calm attitude with my class. I ask students about their life outside of class and feel that they respond in class even more, knowing that someone is paying attention to them. I want them to feel comfortable asking questions of me. I think my attitude towards the students is not overbearing or authoritative. I do not believe in forcing the students to do anything. I want to work with them in all circumstances so that we can achieve together and they don’t feel like I am spoon-feeding them information. I want students to be a part of their learning. I want to motivate students to learn and keep their interest by using engaging curriculum. I want to involve students in rules about the classroom as well as what curriculum they would like to study. I believe if students feel they are involved in the workings of the classroom, they will be more motivated to engage in the class and in turn, learn.

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