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Teachers' Responsibilities & Classroom Management Plan

Teachers are responsible for protecting the physical and emotional well being of their students; in fact, they may be legally liable if they fail to adequately protect students from harm.
To develop a reasonable standard of care, there are three practical steps: 1) make a plan, 2) share the plan, and 3) stick to the plan. Making a plan means thoughtfully considering ways to keep all students physically and emotionally safe during all routine and special school activities. Carefully imparting information about rules not only ensures notice has been given to students, but also helps educators to be prudent and reasonable professionals. Sticking to the plan is often the most difficult step to remember and the one probably violated most often.

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As an educator, I took my responsibilities very seriously.
I care very much about the safety of students. I care very much about my ability to make sure I know where my students are in the event of an emergency! For example: Whenever a student left my classroom, they had to sign out on a sheet, giving their full name, date, and time out and time back in. During any type of emergency procedure a designated student was in charge of carrying this clipboard to the place where we were to be for each drill or procedure. If anyone was missing, we could also see if they signed out to leave the room before the drill.
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Here is my classroom management plan!

Mapping School-Wide Rules and Expectations into Classroom Routines

School Rules
Be Responsible
Be Respectful
Be at school on time every day
Be Ready to Learn

Classroom Rules
Follow the Directions the first time given
Respect All People and their Property
NO Physical Contact, Not even in play (Play fights turn into real fights as soon as someone gets hurt.)
Follow All District Public Schools Handbook Policies every day
Remember to have all of your Supplies every day

The teacher keeps a clipboard with everyone's name on it, and the five days of the week with a box for each day for each student. Marks are given as explained below in order to be fair and consisitent. Marks are given when a rule is broken first three times as a warning only, and then with consequences. This plan is the result of years of tweaking, adding ideas and seeing if they work, and then taking away things and seeing if that made things better. We use the reflective model to fine tune our plan, and this is the end result of that. This is what wound up working the best for our team of teachers.

Interventions
Step 1 - check 1 on the clipboard - warning
Step 2 - check 2 on the clipboard - warning
Step 3 - check 3 on the clipboard - warning

Step 4 - check 4 on the clipboard - consequence
Time-out at the door - After receiving four cues or warnings about negative behavior, the student will be asked to stand on the threshold of ...

Solution Summary

How teachers can protect the physical and emotional well being of their students through a efficient and effective classroom management plan. How a well functioning classroom management plan can lead to consistency in classroom management. See an example of an actual plan that really worked in a middle school classroom, and one that was developed via a reflective process over a period of years of teaching.

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