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Classroom Checklist

03 Jul

During my education certification block one of the required courses was Classroom Management. It wasn’t my favorite course, but I saw the need for structure. Since then, I have sat through many professional development sessions on classroom management – seems not everyone had the mandatory course on implementing the strategies outlined by Classroom Management gurus such as Harry Wong and Fred Jones. Year after year, I see the struggles of those who: do not have classroom management skills or procedures, think they can just walk in a class and teach without a plan, or just want to be the students’ friend. I agree with Harry Wong and Fred Jones that procedures and routines are essential and need taught explicitly, practiced, and then retaught as time goes by. In addition, you need to have a plan for what you are teaching. Both you and the students need to know what to accomplish in the course, how, and when. Consider planning as a sort of a classroom life insurance policy. Keeping students engaged will keep them from eating you alive or at least from running you ragged trying to manage misbehavior.

With that in mind, since my students will be sitting in my computer lab in just two very short weeks, I composed a checklist. Please feel free to offer additions to the list!

Class Preparation Checklist:

Curriculum

  • Identify Assigned Courses
  • Create a Curriculum Map
    • Identify/Select Standards
    • Create Lesson Plans
      • Align projects to support core academics according to curriculum maps
      • Select activities that embed writing and academics
      • Select appropriate Tech Tool for project

Classroom Preparation

  • Student Access
    • Student usernames and passwords
    • Application access – installed or unblocked
  • Materials
    • Textbooks and resources
    • Gather materials identified in lesson plans
  • Seating Charts
  • Classroom Expectations
    • Introduction and class overview
      • Personal introduction
      • Ice breaker
      • Course syllabus
    • ROAR Positive Behavior presentation
      • Be Respectful
      • Demonstrate O’odham Values
      • Achieve every moment of every day
      • Be Responsible
    • Class procedures and routines
      •  Entry
      • Bell work and Agenda
      • Zero Noise signal
      • Workstation upkeep
      • AVID School Binder
      • Turning in assignments
      • Hand signals:
        • Writing utensils
        • Restroom/Water
        • Materials
        • Nurse/Office
        • Teacher’s Assistance
      • Guests
      • Fire Alarms and Lockdowns
      • Exit
  • Substitute Binder

This is my list so far. The ROAR expectations are the school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions & Support (PBIS) adopted by our site. I base my classroom procedures and routines on what I have learned from Wong, Jones, and years of experience. There are many classroom management resources available; whether you are new to teaching or administration or have been around a while. Reviewing strategies to improve the classroom environment is always a wise move, especially before the new year starts.

Below are a few related links that you may find useful as you prepare for the upcoming year.

Harry Wong Resources:

The Well-Managed Classroom (document)

First Days of School (PPT)

First Days of School: How to be an Effective Teacher (from Amazon)

Fred Jones Resources:

Fred Jones website

Education World Video and Articles

Fred Jones – Positive Classroom Discipline Model Blog post

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6 responses to “Classroom Checklist

  1. Michael Barbour

    July 4, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Cheronne, I’ve always viewed classroom management like refereeing a hockey game. You call every penalty in the first period to establish a tone. Then you can let a little more go in the second period, because players are more cautious because of that strict tone. In the third period you can relax, put the whistle in your pocket, and just let them play hockey.

     
    • cedwardsbms

      July 4, 2014 at 8:53 am

      I love the analogy, and with some of the students I have worked with hockey is for sure the right sport 🙂 I agree once you set the tone, and the students know you mean business, the rest of the year goes fairly smooth.

       
  2. Michael Barbour

    July 4, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Well, I am Canadian – so we try to make hockey an analogy to everything in life… 😉

     
  3. Stacie Barker

    July 5, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    I agree, having a plan is a must. I always find it hard when something might have worked the previous year doesn’t always work with your new class.

     
    • cedwardsbms

      July 6, 2014 at 8:55 am

      Stacie, I face the same problem year after year. Students, like all people, are every evolving so how I deal with them may varies. While my class procedures and routines may change year-to-year to account for shifts in dynamics, technology, and such; the overall rules and expectations stay the same.

      Meanwhile, if you come up with a solution for hitting the erratic moving student target, please let me know (my hair is rapidly turning white)! Then publish it and retire off the proceeds 🙂

       
  4. Kaelyn Bullock

    July 6, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I like that curriculum mapping is right at the top of your list. Knowing your curricular goals and how you are going to achieve them helps the teachers keep things running smoothly and the students knowing their is purpose to what they are doing.

     

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