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Classroom Management

Activity 1: Introduction

1. Provide students with the following list of elements that contribute to a positive and

successful learning environment.

2. During the podcast interview with Jaci, a first year teacher, listen and watch for discussions

of the following topics. Make notes of your observations on this page.

Interview with a First Year Teacher

 Personal Philosophy: Developing a personal philosophy for creating a positive learning

community

 Analyzing dispositions to create a philosophy of teaching and learning

 Understanding the students in the class – ethnicity, socio-economic status, community

culture, special needs, learning styles, interest, age, special-needs

 Arranging the Classroom: Arranging a positive learning environment that meets the

learning needs of students, the philosophy of the teacher, the content area of the

classroom and the age of the student

 Classroom Procedures: Creating a classroom that maximizes opportunities for students to

learn and interact positively with others

 Classroom Expectations: How do students and the teacher treat each other?

Financial Support for Project IDEAL is provided by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, with Federal funds* made available by
the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities. *$599,247 (74%) DD funds;
$218,725 (26%) non-federal resources
The views contained herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the funding agency[s]. No official endorsement should be inferred.

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 Planning a reinforcement system to acknowledge students who follow the classroom

rules

 Consequences: What happens when students ignore or choose to not to follow the

classroom rules?

 Developing a plan for students who are unable to operate in the classroom system—what

is the “Plan B”?

 Managing Individual Behavior: Documenting and tracking of student behavior

 Involving Parents: Designing a plan for involving the parent/guardian in creating a

positive class environment

1. View the interview with a teacher who has just completed one year of teaching.

2. From the interview, listen for examples of each of the areas listed above.

3. As a class or in small groups, discuss observations and examples from the video

interview.

4. Discuss information from the video that is helpful in creating a classroom management

plan.

5. Include these ideas in the classroom management plan notebook.

Financial Support for Project IDEAL is provided by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, with Federal funds* made available by
the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities. *$599,247 (74%) DD funds;
$218,725 (26%) non-federal resources
The views contained herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the funding agency[s]. No official endorsement should be inferred.

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