December 15, 2014

Weekly Happenings - 3rd Six Weeks: Week 6

Monday, Dec. 15

  • Lesson Plans Due - 8:30 a.m.
  • 10 Grades in Gradespeed by 8:30 a.m.
  • STAR Chart Due
  • Faculty Breakfast ELAR
  • Secret Santa Reveal

Tuesday, Dec. 16

  • ACP - 1ST/2ND
  • Admin Meeting - 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

  • ACP 3RD/4TH
  • Sigurdson Meeting - p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18

  • ACP 5th/6th
  • Sigurdson Meeting - a.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

  • ACP 7th/8th
  • Payroll Correction Forms Due

COACH'S CORNER w/ Ms. Manning

Even the most seasoned teachers encounter a class they just can’t reign in. Here are some simple methods for taking back control of your classroom, while still maintaining your professionalism.

#1 Take advantage of the support systems in place.

There are various school support personnel in every school district and many of them can provide valuable feedback to you. From guidance counselors to school psychologists and social workers, there is usually someone who could offer advice on specific children, or suggest methods that work with this type of issue. The best phone call you make will be to parents and guardians. Communication with parents is the most effective method for eliminating bad behavior in the classroom. Make phone calls whenever necessary, and remember to call parents back when the behavior improves.

#2 Don’t use threats to change negative behaviors.

It’s tempting to scream, “If this doesn’t stop right now, every single one of you will be assigned detention today!”, or “The next person who utters even one word will get a zero on this test!” Threats don’t go over well with students and are nearly impossible to enforce as a teacher. Don’t succumb to the ease of idle threats because they do not work.

#3 Engage ringleaders in positive behaviors.

When a classroom veers out of control it can often be traced to a few ringleaders who influence the entire class. Those students should be dealt with directly, including all the steps listed above. They should also be given a chance to be a positive member of the classroom. Give them responsibility and go out of your way to compliment positive behaviors. This tells them the consequence that resulted from their poor behavior is not personal and there is ample opportunity to gain attention for the right reasons.

#4 Mix it up and engage the class with your lessons.

The best recipe for classroom management is a good lesson plan. Look inward and ask yourself: Are my lessons stale? Can I find materials that are more engaging? Are the students being asked to be passive or active learners? Trying something different can be daunting because no one likes to experiment with the unknown in an already difficult situation, but it is our professional responsibility to give our students the best chance at success, even if that means changing what has worked in the past. A difficult class is never a lost cause. Follow these steps to ensure that you’ve exhausted all of your options so you – and your class – have the best chance at success for the entire school year. Read 5 Rules for the First Day of School for more advice on how to create a welcoming classroom.


Francisco Medrano Middle School - Key Actions 2014-15

1.) Create a positive culture and climate, and a safe, secure environment of school

2.) Improve the quality of instruction for LEP students

3.) Improve student achievement for all