WORK HARD. BE KIND.
Students can achieve at their highest level in a positive environment where they feel safe, and can enjoy learning while challenging themselves. This type of environment can be achieved when there are firm classroom expectations in place.
These are the 8 expectations required in our classroom at all times.
- Be polite at all times.
- Work quietly and do not disturb others.
- Follow directions, and Listen respectfully when others are talking.
- Be respectful, kind, friendly, and supportive to others
- Be honest and trustworthy.
- Be prepared and organized for class everyday.
- Cooperate with others, and be a Team player.
- Always do your best!
****Having a positive Attitude also encourages our Growth Mindset; to persevere through challenges and positive self talk.
My classroom management techniques rely basically on students’ ability to apply their understanding of the right thing to do in a given situation. We discuss what Jesus would have done (WWJD), and what we can learn by our actions towards our classmates, adults, and ourselves.
While the responsibility does not rest solely on their shoulders (I have reward and discipline systems), I do expect respectful, appropriate, on task, and supportive behavior from all of my students. This helps them to continue to build their independence, as they claim more responsibility and understanding of their thinking and their behaviors.
We work together at the start of the year to define appropriate behaviors. We point out examples happening in our classroom as well as instances outside of school. Over time, the students begin to internalize these ideas and apply them throughout their day, in or out of school.
As the year progresses, students need to be reminded less and less about acceptable behavior. They take ownership of their actions, as they develop and apply their understanding of what it means to be a responsible, caring, and kind student, classmate, and person.
- Stay to the right
- Quiet & respectful
- Follow St. Madeleine’s Uniform Policy
- Follow Personal Electronic & Electronic Use Policy
- No Gum
- Food in cafeteria & classroom only
Specific verbal praise, notes or calls home, edible treats, extra recess or free choice time, stickers, prizes, etc.(and a huge smile on a “Teacher, of course!)
If students are doing an outstanding job of demonstrating awesome behavior, the following will may happen:
- Emails from a Happy Teacher: Mrs. Shepp loves to email parents about the outstanding work their children are doing in her class. Who knows, it may even earn you a reward or treat at home.
- Shepp’s Popcorn/Treat Homework Party: After 10 days of ALL participants in a class turning their homework in in time, Mrs. Shepp will provide that class with a Popcorn/Treat Party of their choice the next day.
- Growth Mindset Rewards from a Punch Card–after the card is filled and punched out from earning positive behavior choices, Mrs. Shepp will let you choose a reward from the Reward poster.
- Mrs. Shepp’s SMS Marble Jar can be filled with marbles if a student(s) makes great choices during class and the school day, where healthy snacks, free time, and other positive awards can be earned!
WHEN A STUDENT CHOOSES OTHERWISE….
- Students will be asked to “reset” or refocus themselves on the task at hand. If behavior continues to distract the student or others from learning, he or she will be asked to fill in a behavior reflection sheet that will be signed by the student and teacher. Continued or more severe behavior problems will result in a note or phone call home or and/or a referral to the principal. In some cases an individualized behavior plan may need to be created (see below).If students fail to follow the classroom expectations, the following consequences will be enforced:
- Level One: Verbal warning
- Level Two: Student Reflection/Action Plan
- Level Two: Temporary removal from class, teacher conference
- Level Three: Parent contact
- Level Four: Conference with administrator
*Cell Phones brought to school will be collected at the beginning of each day, kept in a box for each homeroom, locked in a cupboard, and returned to each student at the end of each day.
**If a student chooses not to follow the above protocol, the following actions will take place:
- FIRST INSTANCE: Cell phone will be taken to office to be returned to Parent only
- SECOND and future INSTANCES: Taken to office and Referral to Principal
At St. Madeleine’s, together we: SERVE–LEAD–LOVE–LEARN!!!!:):):)