I am looking forward to the next school year. This is my 15th year as a teacher. I guess I am unusual because I am one of the few teachers in the county that have taught at all three elementary schools, the only grade I have not taught is 2nd grade , and I have taught some of my student’s parents. I’m really not “that” old. I took a six year break in the middle.J
Our class has gone over the guidelines for school behavior plan which is called the 6 P’s Attending Skills. This plan basically states that in order to be successful, students need to be PROMPT, PREPARED, POLITE, PARTICIPATE in classroom activities and have a POSTITIVE ATTITUDE. We will use these terms during the day in all areas. I have a behavior chart in my room that goes along with these expectations. Everyone starts the day out with a clothes pin on green which is titled “Ready to learn”. When students are exhibiting these positive behaviors they move the clothes pin up the chart to “Way to Go”, “Excellent Effort” and “Super Student”. If they are responding in a negative manner to the 6P’s plan they will first move their pin down the chart to “Make a Better Choice” The second offense will move their pin down to “Teacher’s Choice” which usually results in a one on one conference about their behavior and how they can fix it. If behaviors are not changed, a student may have to move their clip down to the “Parent Contact” slot. This is the last resort. I will contact the parent so we can talk about how to make improvements. At any time students have the opportunity to raise their clip when they are demonstrating good attending skills.
If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I am a parent of two high school boys and realize “kids will be kids”, however I feel students can own their own behavior and try to start managing it themselves.
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