Classroom Management Plan

Room Arrangement

  • To ensure that students always have someone to work with, arrange desks into pairs of rows, or tables if available
    • Students will be able to turn to their “elbow buddies” for assistance at any time
  • Have a table at the front for daily notes/handout pickups
  • Have funny science and math posters around the room to promote a sense of fun
  • Scientific paraphernalia to promote a sense of wanting to DO science.
    • Example: lava lamp, plasma orb, dipping bird, etc.

Daily Routines

  • Start each day with a “What if”, “Who would win?”, “Today in Science”, or Two-Minute Review
    • What if – What if we made a spaceship for interstellar flight? What else would we need as humans to make that flight successful?
    • Who would win? – Batman or Superman?
    • Today in Science – Historical events about this day in science
    • Two-Minute Review – Entry slip, trivia questions, etc.
  • Have an essential question for the focus of the lesson
  • Math – Daily homework checks post-notes

Cell Phones

  • Cell phones are a tool and should be used as such. Except during summative assessments, students may use them to search the internet for information.
    • There will be activities where students will have to use their phones for apps and internet searches
    • Students without cell phones will be provided laptops, iPads, or be put in groups where someone else has a phone
  • When cell phones become a distraction, the student will get a warning and if it continues then they must leave their phone on my desk until the end of class

Classroom Rules

  • Respect each other
  • Students must hold themselves accountable for their actions
    • Beyond these two rules, I feel everything else is superficial. If we adhere to these, then we don’t need any more rules.

Behaviour Discipline

  • Everyone has bad days. It’s just a fact of life. So if a student acts out, they will first get a warning, but if it continues then I will ask them to stay after class so that we can make a plan for the next time a “bad day” happens.
  • If a students’ mark start to lag below the passing point after the first unit of the course, make a plan with the student about how they can best be helped.
    • Tutorial times, extra homework problems, extra time to write assessments, etc.
    • After the second unit if marks haven’t improved, call the parents to let them know of the situation and come up with a plan that all parties can agree to.