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A Classroom Management Plan

A Classroom Management Plan

I recommend the following plan because the rules cover every behavior that could potentially interfere with the learning and enjoyment of your students, and the consequences, when carried out correctly, teach valuable life lessons.

It’s proven to work regardless of where you teach or who is in your classroom.

Rules:

  1. Listen and follow directions.
  2. Raise your hand before speaking or leaving your seat.
  3. Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
  4. Respect your classmates and your teacher.

Consequences:

  • 1st time a rule is broken: Warning
  • 2nd time a rule is broken: Time-Out
  • 3rd time a rule is broken: Letter Home

PRINCIPAL’S EXPECTATIONS

PRINCIPAL’S EXPECTATIONS

The success of West Side greatly depends on you, the teacher.

I. Focus on LEARNING
a. Know your students. (Know where you are.)
b. Know the TEKS. (Know where you’re going.)
c. Know the progress of every child. (Are we there yet?)

II. Do what ever it takes for learning to take place
a. Implement research based instructional strategies.
b. Differentiate instruction to ensure student success.
c. Collaborate with all stakeholders.

Improve Your Natural Memory

1st: BRAIN HEALTH, Improve Your Natural Memory

brain health

The brain responds to the environment you provide. If you eat poorly, don’t exercise, and miss out on restful sleep, your brain can’t operate at its best. And your memory will suffer.

To improve the health of your brain, follow the steps below. Make changes in your lifestyle so these become habits:

  1. Brain Foods. Eat antioxidant-rich foods like blueberries and asparagus, lean protein such as fish, healthy fats including eggs and nuts, and high-fiber foods like fruits and vegetables. And drink lots of water! It’s a winning combination for the brain.
  2. Brain Games. Play brain games for at least 10 minutes every day. Depending on which games you play, this strengthens brain skills including memory, concentration, problem solving, thinking speed, and mental flexibility.
  3. Cardio Exercise. Perform intense cardiovascular exercise several days per week. This stimulates neurogenesis (brain cell growth) in memory areas of the brain including the hippocampus.

    If you sit hours a day at a computer, consider investing in a treadmill desk. It’s not intense cardio, but according to research you’ll enjoy a boost to memory, attention, and even longevity.

  4. Healthy Diet. What you eat affects your brain power. Too much fast food, soda, and other empty or harmful calories is guaranteed to slow your brain and hurt your memory.
  5. Meditation. Benefits of mindfulness meditation include stress relief as well as better concentration, working memory, self control, and long-term memory.
  6. Memory Loss. Correct any bad habits or medical conditions that might be causing loss of memory. Take steps to protect your brain against Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related forms of dementia.
  7. Restful Sleep. Get sufficient restful sleep to consolidate memories and provide mental energy. Modify your sleep schedule as appropriate, and use sleep aids if needed.
  8. Stress Relief. A high level of stress impairs learning, memory, and judgement. Manage your stress, first by understanding how stress affects your brain and your health. Then take steps to relieve the stress in your life.
  9. Vitamins & Supplements. Take memory-boosting vitamins and supplements as needed to provide your brain with extra nutrients that may be missing from your diet.

2nd: MEMORY SKILLS, Use Memory Techniques

memory skills

A healthy brain is like a powerful, well-tuned engine. But driver training is required to operate the car with ultimate skill and precision.

Memory skills are techniques you can use to boost your memory performance to a level you never thought possible. The following are skills you can learn and use for a more powerful memory:

  1. Journal Writing. The habit of keeping a journal can help strengthen your memory of the events in your life, also known as episodic memory.
  2. Memory Systems. For memorization, use the Memory Systems such as the Peg, Journey, Memory Palace, Name-Face, and Phonetic Number methods. These systems involve using the visualization memory technique.
  3. Mental Exercises. Weave memory exercises into your daily routine to strengthen your memory.
  4. Mental Snapshots To improve your episodic memory of events, take a mental snapshot of important scenes and special moments.
  5. Mnemonic Tricks. Use mnemonic devices such as Rhymes and Acronyms as extra memory techniques when convenient.
  6. Speed Reading. Increase your average reading speed, to improve your comprehension and memory of the material.
  7. Study Skills. Use study skills during study sessions to retain more of the material. Examples include Whole/Part Learning, Reducing Interference, and Recitation. (Especially reciting out loud to another person.)

Continually improve your brain health and memory skills listed above, and your memory should grow stronger and stronger over time.

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Write Curriculum

9. Write Curriculum
From giants like Pearson to wacky outsiders like Shmoop, there are a plethora of curriculum companies out there. While each will have a core of in-house curriculum writers, most are always on the hunt for teachers to create curriculum for them on a contract basis. Check the providers directly for jobs, as well as job sites like Indeed, Ed Surge, and Virtual Vocations.

10. Teach at a Community College or Museum
We’ve focused a lot in this article on online options for spreading your passion and expertise, whether it’s related to what you teach every day or to another subject entirely. But there are plenty of ways to pass on this knowledge in person. Both community colleges and even private universities often offer one-off courses to returning students, and some are open to pitches from the community. Museums are much the same. If you are, for instance, a Biology teacher and an amateur paleontologist and are obsessed with dinosaurs, your local museum may very well be open to hosting a course. If not, why not organize a seminar yourself at your local library?

 

9. Write Curriculum

From giants like Pearson to wacky outsiders like Shmoop, there are a plethora of curriculum companies out there. While each will have a core of in-house curriculum writers, most are always on the hunt for teachers to create curriculum for them on a contract basis. Check the providers directly for jobs, as well as job sites like Indeed, Ed Surge, and Virtual Vocations.

10. Teach at a Community College or Museum

We’ve focused a lot in this article on online options for spreading your passion and expertise, whether it’s related to what you teach every day or to another subject entirely. But there are plenty of ways to pass on this knowledge in person. Both community colleges and even private universities often offer one-off courses to returning students, and some are open to pitches from the community. Museums are much the same. If you are, for instance, a Biology teacher and an amateur paleontologist and are obsessed with dinosaurs, your local museum may very well be open to hosting a course. If not, why not organize a seminar yourself at your local library?