“Our students will not care how much we know, until they know how much we care” - Craig & Gould - 2007 To make learning in my class meaningful and effective, I need to provide a safe environment for all my students where they feel welcome and recognized and know they can learn and succeed. They will have to play their part to keep this environment working. My teaching centers around real world experiences of the students, giving them a chance for inquiry and responsibility for finding answers to their questions themselves. My class room management plan follows this idea, and first of all requires my students to co-create a caring community, where they all feel they belong. To create this positive classroom climate and community, students will from day one get to know each other and me. I will contribute by delivering interesting and challenging instruction. Students will be held to high expectations.We will together develop a social contract. Ownership of this contract will make students more willing to follow it. I will also clearly explain my signals and routines. This will clarify the expectations towards the students. We will also practice democratic decision making by deciding on our lab safety rules together and voting on the most important ones. We will exhibit this safety protocol in the classroom.
If students do not participate according to our plan, they will first be reminded quietly, and hopefully self-correct without classroom disturbance. That maybe “the look”, demonstrating my presence during classroom circulation, or pointing to our displayed social contract. Hopefully these subtle methods have an effect, or more involved actions have to be taken to ensure that the learning in the classroom is not disturbed.
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