Pawsitively Fabulous Firsties: Room 208 “A Place Where Students Model Strong Character, Work Hard, Act Appropriately and Do Their BEST!”
Ms. Banks' Classroom Behavioral Goals
1. Provide a productive, safe environment conducive for learning
2. Foster self-respect, responsibility, and empathy in my students
3. Spark enthusiasm for learning2. Foster self-respect, responsibility, and empathy in my students
LEARNING PROCESS: WHAT CHILDREN WILL BE ABLE TO DO
- When the student must solve the problem, they have to think.
- When students must think, they learn that decisions have consequences.
- When students must deal with consequences, they learn to think.
- When we allow the student to deal with the consequences, they learn to think before they cause a problem.
- When the student learns to ask themselves, "How is my behavior going to affect me?" they have learned self-control.
Ms. Banks’ Discipline Philosophy
Building relationships with my students and their families has become one of my many strengths. At the very start, I take great strides to ensure that every student feels as if they can trust me and that I am there to help them. Children are faced with a multitude of challenges and I must see to it that student learning still occurs within a safe, nurturing environment. Physical and emotional security, in addition to implementing and maintaining clear and consistent classroom discipline and management, create an optimal learning environment where students attend and become actively engaged in academic rigor, while building strong social character, equipping them for success in college and the greater society.
Love and Logic Approach
Rules in our classroom are few. In fact, we do not have any at all! Instead, our class will uphold a social contract outlining expectations and guidelines that will make learning fun, rigorous and safe for everyone. Effective discipline involves a few overriding beliefs rather than a long list of specific rules. I believe that all children are different, and situations are handled as they arise. My focus is to enable children to grow and learn from their actions.
Love and Logic is an approach to working with students that: Teaches kids to think for themselves; Raises the level of student responsibility; Prepares kids to function effectively in a society filled with temptations, decisions, and consequences
Within the Love and Logic approach, a fundamental question concerning students is: Do I want to control kids, or do I want to obtain their cooperation?
Guidelines for Student Behavior:
- You may do whatever you like as long as it doesn’t create a problem for you or anyone else in the world.
- If you find yourself with a problem, you may solve it anyway you want as long as it does not cause a problem for anybody else in the world.
- You may whatever you like as long as it is safe and does not stop the learning of you or others. Unkind words and actions will not be tolerated.
Distance learning: Expectations of the School Day
- Students will virtually attend class together via video conference, livestream or chat. Synchronous does not have to mean whole-group learning.
- I will use synchronous time for small group instruction or other practices that allow for maximum student engagement. I will be using Google Meet for synchronous instruction.
- All students must access Google Classroom or Google Meet daily in distance learning.
- I will provide direct support to students during the entire instructional day. During asynchronous time, I will provide additional small-group instruction and support for students in asynchronous tasks and formal office hours for families and students.
Asynchronous learning tasks are when students interact via the digital platform or hard copy materials without real-time interaction.
- Students engage in class materials and complete work at their own pace, typically within a given timeframe (by a due date).
- Students are expected to complete some work during the school day and by the end of the day. All work is to be completed by the student and no one else.
- During asynchronous portions of the day, I will still be available to students. I will use this time to answer student questions, hold additional small group instruction or host office hours.
Google Classroom Expectations