In order to create a safe learning environment for all children, we follow the following classroom rules and expectations. We spend time discussing what each of these expectations mean and look like in the classroom.
Classroom Behavior Expectations
- Be Kind
- Be Safe
- Be Respectful
Rewards for Good Behavior
- Positive notes/phone calls home
- Special classroom jobs (helping the teacher, choosing a book, etc.)
- Opportunity to eat lunch with Ms. Hayward
- Additional PE or computer time
- Take a short break from classroom activities and/or be redirected to a different activity, depending on the problem
- Note to parents and/or a “My Classroom Goals” sheet sent home
- Phone call to parents
- Conference with parents
- Visit the guidance counselor and/or an administrator
Classroom Behavior Plan
Our classroom discipline plan is based on positive reinforcement. One of the first things we do as a class is to create a positive choices anchor chart to hang in the classroom, and we emphasize those positive choices throughout the day. However, we do not use a color chart to track behavior choices. Our students are very young, and often need reminders to consistently make positive choices. We do not want them to be discouraged by reminders or by one poor choice during the day, which can happen with color charts. We want our students to focus on the positive choices that they make, instead of worrying about what color they will get each day.
To communicate that your child made mostly positive choices throughout the day, we will send home a Positive Choices ticket in the nametag. In the event that your child has a difficult day and could not demonstrate appropriate choices, you will receive a note, email, and/or phone call from one of the teachers.
My Classroom Goals
Occasionally, your child may come home with a sheet titled “My Classroom Goal” in his/her nametag. This sheet will have a specific goal that we would like your child to work on. This sheet may come home on days that your child was not able to demonstrate appropriate choices, and will indicate what the problem was. You may also receive this sheet even if a color is earned if there is something specific your child needs to work on.
“Kindness Counts” Jar
Throughout the year, we will emphasize kindness, being a good friend, and other citizenship/social skills. To help motivate students to remember these lessons, we will have a class “Kindness Counts” jar. Students will have the opportunity to share examples of other students demonstrating kindness and friendship, which will earn an addition to our jar. For example, they might share that another student helped them at clean-up time or used manners. When our Kindness Counts jar is full, the class will earn some type of reward. Hopefully it will get filled many times!