Our class room

Ms.Dinethra Mudalige

my classroom philosophy

I like to start my teaching with the basics because I always like my students to be confident on the basics. I think when a child is confident in the basics they can do more difficult stuff with that knowledge. When I am reading or teaching a story I would like to teach moral values. I think if we want a good student he or she should have good moral values. I do like competition, but I don’t want to make education in to a race. I have seen competition in education as a student. I know how hard it is to run that race. I want them to understand how important the education is for their future. These kinds of thoughts are common from essentialism.

I want discussions in my class room. Participating in a discussion teaches lots of things. How to listen to others and respecting others thoughts are the most important things they will learn from the discussions. Also it is a good way to understand things.

According to my philosophy, I think students should do hands on activities for lessons and they should be questioned on the things that they learn. I think experiencing things would be the most effective way to learn. I always reward when my students do well. If they did something bad I always punish. I think students need some rules, punishments, and rewards because they will learn to
Behave and learn their limitations.And also that is a motivation for them. These kind of ideas are goes with "behaviorism school of thoughts".

I really care about how students behave because I think behavior is the first step in learning. If a child can behave appropriately I think they are ready to learn and understand things.

Personal Behavior Plan

  • When I say "123 eyes on me" students should reply "123 eyes on you". By doing this students realize that they are not listening and this is the time to pay attention to the teacher. We will practice this many times in the first month in the class until they get familiarized with this.

  • Marble jar is set in corner of the room. If a student is having a hard time in calming down or miss behavior. That student will go to the marble jar and start putting the marbles in to the jar and also they will count the marbles. This will give him or her a time to think about what they have done. And also this is a treatment for them to calm down.

  • Everyday students get stars for their daily performance. At the end of the week’s star performers selected from the class. The students who have highest number of stars are going to be on “this week’s star performers” chart.

classroom rules


R - Right to learn

E - Effort

S - Safety

P - Purpose

E - Enthusiasm

C - Challenge

T - Trust/ Team building

classroom polices and procedures

  1. ALL JEWELRY must be removed for a student to participate in physical education. Students who refuse to remove jewelry will be considered unprepared for class.
  2. Students are expected to be on time for class. Excessive tardiness will result in detention.
  3. Inappropriate language or obscene gestures will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary action.
  4. Once the locker room doors are locked, students are no permitted to re-enter the locker room for any reason.
  5. Students are to remain in the locker room until the bell signals the end of class.
  6. Students are responsible for their belongings. Teachers are not responsible for stolen items.
  7. Make-up classes are available for any student who misses class due to legal absences, field trips or music lab.
  8. Appropriate dress for class is essential! Required clothes include: Shorts/Sweats, T-shirts/Sweatshirts, Socks and Athletic Sneakers. Students are NOT permitted to wear "short-shorts," or tank tops of any kind.

1st Offense:

  • Student is warned.

2nd Offense:

  • Student is removed from the activity for a short time.

2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders fill out a behavior ticket.

3rd Offense:

  • Student is removed from the activity for the rest of

the class period.

2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders fill out another behavior ticket.

4th Offense:

  • Student is removed from the activity for the rest of

the class period. A note is sent home to


Student fills out a student behavior report. [2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th]

Also, possibly sent to Principal's office and/or Parent Conference.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND1st offense of any of the following will result

in student reporting immediately to the principal's office.

1. Bad language

2. Destroying school property

3. Fighting

4. Disrespectful to the teacher

Ideas for splitting teams/groups

  1. Hair Bands (forming different sized groups)

On the days that you need to form groups/teams give students small hair bands to wear on their wrists. Have 4-6 colors so then you can divide the class up anyway that you need to. You can group students differently each week by giving out different colors to different students.

2. Deck Of Cards

Make a pack of playing sized cards with the names of your students on them. The teacher shuffles the cards and the student's names are called as they are pulled from the pack. If you want just one child, you can choose a child to pick a card, or shuffle them and pick the top one. This is random selection and avoids anyone feeling "bad" about being last or not picked. Ideal if you want any amount of groups as each 3 or 4 cards are turned over they become a group.

3. First Names (forming partners)

Have children count the number of letters in their first name. Now ask them to find someone in the class who has the same number of letters. Those two are now partners. If a child can't find someone then have the children come to you so you can pair them up.

4. Birthday Groups (forming small groups)

Have students form groups by their birthdays. If you were born in January go to the teacher designated area, February goes here, etc. To form larger teams you can ask them to get into groups if you born from January to March, April to July, etc.

5. Seasons (forming into 4 groups)

All children born in the Spring form one group; all born in the Winter form another team, and so on.

Equipment Routine

Teacher will keep the equipment ready for the class inside the locker. Group leader for the day will come and help the teacher to distribute equipment for other students. Group leader for the next day assign at the end of the class. classroom leader is the only one who is going to distribute equipment. others should not interrupt her/his duty.

Reward system

the classroom chart will show the colors of day performance of the class. according to individual performance the teacher will give them stars. Everyday students get stars for their daily performance. At the end of the week’s star performers selected from the class. The students who have highest number of stars are going to be on “this week’s star performers” chart.