School Climate Plan
Values and Beliefs
- I believe that all students can be successful in learning and growing.
- I believe that creating and maintaining a strong learning community provides students with a safe learning environment.
- I believe that students need to be taught both academic and social skills to be prepared for the future.
- I value all students and their individual needs.
- I value inclusion, and believe that all students should be allowed to learn together in an inclusive community.
- I value all students beliefs, cultures, and ideas.
- I value parents, and believe that they play a big role in the learning process of my students.
Appreciate, encourage, and provide for all students in a safe learning environment.
We the leaders of our generation will respect others, engage in learning, and provide for our community.
Goals and Desired Outcomes
- Students will become life-long learners
- Students will become active citizens
- Students will have self-control
- Students will accept others and their differences
- Students will be confident in themselves and their learning
- Be respectful of peers' ideas and learning
- Take risks when learning
- Ask questions
- Lend a helping hand
- Be an active member in our learning community
- Take responsibility for your actions
- Make good choices
Practices To Develop Goals and Expectations
- Use self-esteem building exercises to build students' confidence in learning and risk taking.
- Have classroom jobs to teach students responsibility, and what it means to be an active member of our learning community.
- Engage students in discussing community issues, recycling, and community outreach programs to encourage students to be active citizens.
- Teach students to have a growth mind set by always encouraging students to further their learning and thinking.
- Have students reflect on their behaviors and have a "take a break" section in the classroom for students to work on their self-control.
- Help students create their own learning goals.
- Use redirection to help students learn appropriate behaviors.
- Teach students about all religions, beliefs, ideas, and disabilities to teach acceptance of others and their differences.
Routines and Procedures
- Have a schedule posted for students to see all of the activities planned for the day. Make changes to the schedule when they occur, so that students are updated on what is going to happen throughout the day.
- Plan for transitions by informing students prior to moving on to a new activity. I will also use music as a cue to let students know when it is time to move on.
- Use brain breaks throughout the day to give students a chance to take a break from learning.
- Give students a role in creating and/or changing the routines and procedures for the classroom.
- Have all routines and procedures posted in the room for students to see and refer back to.
Building Community and Maintaining Relationships In The Classroom
- Clock buddies to vary grouping of students.
- Daily class meetings in the morning to discuss various things as whole class.
- Complement jar for students to give complements to their peers.
- Weekly conferences with students to discuss progress and growth .
- Peace conferences for students to discuss disagreements or issues .
- Lunch buddies to give students time to communicate with peers outside of the classroom.
- Whole-Class projects to help students work together to reach a common goal.
- Group work to give students opportunities to learn and work together.
- Learning pods instead of individual desk, so students are engaged in learning with their peers.
- Use students' interest in instruction and learning.
- Give students choice with learning and assignments.
- Provide a purpose for learning by explaining to students why and how they will use what they are learning in their future.
- Provide frequent feedback to students on their learning and growth.
- Be enthusiastic about teaching and learning to show students that you are passionate about their learning and teaching.
- Provide specific praise for students' behaviors, so that they know what they are doing right.
How We Will Engage In Problem Solving
- As a teacher I will reflect on my teaching and instruction to ensure that I am meeting all students needs.
- As a teacher, I will use on-going assessments to monitor students progress, and make changes in my teaching practices.
- As a teacher, I will work on re-framing situations that arise in the classroom.
- As a teacher, I will use "I statements" to discuss with students how I feel when particular behaviors or issues occur.
- Students will engage in problem-based learning and complete projects as a class.
- Students will be responsible for creating solutions to issues or problems that arise in the classroom.
- Students will have opportunities to solve real-life and authentic problems in the classroom.
- Students will make decisions about their learning, and give reasons to support their decisions.
- Dr. Bloom's Class Materials and Lectures
- Crowe, C. (2010). Sammy and his behavior problems: Stories and strategies from a teacher's year. Turners Falls, MA: Northeast Foundation for Children.