As I approach the end of my second year in the classroom, I am already planning for next year. There are some big changes coming as well as some fine tuning. Organization is going to be the key to successful implementation. Teaching the same subject next year will contribute to that end.
CLASSROOM RULES: This is a big change for me as I move from 5 to 3. However, as you will see,they are all inter-connected. Because the DBQ has become a part of my classroom--I teach Grade 7 Civics--I thought the bucketing idea for an opening activity made sense.
Rule 1. WORK HARD. Seems almost too simple, but pointing out a violation of this rule will become fairly simple. There could even be an instant poll component to this rule, (and to the other two, as you will see). Everything from forgetting a pencil, to not turning in assignments, to not paying attention to classwork, to all too frequent trips to the bathroom, can fall under this rule.
Rule 2. GET SMART. If students adhere to Rule 1, then this rule will have compliance by its very nature. A violation of Rule 1 will most certainly lead to a violation of Rule 2. The instant poll for this type of violation will probably be quite popular.
Rule 3. BE NICE. Any type of misbehavior falls into this category. It is no coincidence that violators of this rule also violate Rules 1 & 2. If students become infrequent violators of Rule 3, then Rules 1 & 2 will become a snap.
I was given this idea by a colleague. I like the idea. Posting the rules in my room will also be a visible reminder. The consequences will also be posted, and although they might seem to be unwieldy to manage, will likely be just as simple. I will post those consequences in a later entry.
Future topics that will be points of emphasis include: Lesson Plan Sequence; Procedures Which Lead to Student Routines; Desks Versus Tables: How to Use Co-operative Learning Groups Effectively; Technology Wish List Becoming Technology Do List.