Behavior Expectations

Classroom Expectations

Building strong character is a critical component of our classroom community. Each child is expected to participate, show a growth mindset, and try their best at all points. There are four classroom expectations which guide our daily interactions and learning:

 Be Respectful
 Be Responsible
Be Safe
Make Good Choices

I primarily use the guidance behavior management style. I believe that all behaviors are choices and as a teacher, I need to help students make the right choices. Punishment or rigid discipline is not my goal; I see poor choices as a chance to conference with the student and help them to learn and grow. Often times, we will discuss why the student made that choice and what to do in the future, without any "discipline" occurring.

I also use a behavior chart to track and monitor behavior. In the front of the classroom, there is a chart with multiple colored steps. Each student has a magnet with his or her number on it. Each day, the entire class starts fresh on the green space. Based on the choices the student makes that day, they can move up to blue or purple spaces or down to yellow, orange, or red spaces. The ranking of the steps are:

                    purple                        Best day possible
                     blue                          Great day
                    green                         Good day
                    yellow                        Warning
                      red                         Consequence

For example, if a “John” helps “Jane” clean up her mess, I would allow “John” to move up to blue. Students will also receive verbal praise, recognition in front of the class, positive phone calls home, and positive office referrals. 

Conversely, if “John” were to violate one of the above expectations, “John” would move down on the behavior chart to yellow. They will also receive a consequence that will fit the behavior, including loss of privileges, completing a reflection worksheet during specials or as an additional homework assignment, or the child
 calling their parent to discuss their choices. 

Each consequence may be different for each child depending on their need, but I will remain firm and consistent across the class. For each downward movement, I will individually meet with the child to discuss their behavior at a later point.

At the end of each day, either I or a student holding the classroom job of Behavior Guardian will initial your child’s agenda in the color they finished the day.

Bullying will not be tolerated at all and will result in severe consequences.