Here are my beliefs as a teacher:
1. You are the focus of the class, not me.
2. You are important as a learner and a human being in this class.
3. You will be expected to engage in the learning activities during class time. You will be an active learner. I, as the class facilitator, will be just that – a facilitator. I will introduce the learning activities, but you will be responsible for the actual learning.
4. Everything you do–good or ‘bad’–affects everyone else in the room. That means everything you do matters because you matter.
5. Struggling is a part of learning. If it’s simple or simply done, you’re probably not learning anything.
6. You are capable of anything. Your mindset matters more than anything you do or don’t know, are or are not ‘good’ at.
Here are our class rules:
1. Listen and follow directions.
2. Raise your hand before speaking or leaving your seat (except to get a tissue or for a bathroom emergency).
3. Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
4. Respect classmates, teachers, and property.
Here are the consequences:
2. Time out in room. Child will pull a stool from the reading table and sit by themselves behind everyone for 15 minutes. They will not be permitted to speak to anyone during that time, but are responsible for learning what the teacher is teaching during that time.
3. Note home stating rule(s) broken.
Please note: I do not like removing a child from the room or keeping them in from recess. However, in extreme cases (a child continues to distract others during a lesson despite consequence 2 and/or 3, this may happen.
Rewards and comfort:
Examples: I will hand out Paws for Pride. I also allow groups ready first to come to the rug first or to line up first. I offer brain breaks and stretch breaks.
To keep the kids as comfortable as possible, I have about 10 floor chairs with back support that we share. I also have cushions for seats and the rug. And, I also at the moment have 9 padded wheelie chairs and 4 wobble stools that replace desk chairs and allow for movement. Those are rotated each day, and I continue to purchase wheelie chairs for the room. I hope to have an entire class set some day!