Our theoretical rationale incorporates an authoritative style of teaching where we have high expectations of our students. (CC5K4) We provide our students with challenges, support, and structure in their lives. As educators we are firm but caring; we explain the reasons for rules and are consistent with implementation of them. This will provide the students with sense of physical and emotional safety and a cooperative learning environment. (CC10K4)
At the start of the academic year the students will be active participants in the construction of classroom procedures. These rules will be displayed in the classroom and accepted by both teacher and students. Our rules and procedures will be reinforced through modeling and a student signed contract. This will create a democratic society within the classroom that will provide the students with a sense of community and belonging. (CC5S2)
In our classroom there will be a difference between rules and procedures. Equal emphasis will be placed on both and they are expected to be adhered to in the classroom. Because the students were active participants in designing the classroom expectations, they will understand the reasoning behind each rule and procedure. (CC5K2)
Students will be given a contract agreeing to accept and follow the classroom expectations. The contract is between the teacher, parent, and student, and can be referred to if the contract terms are violated. Our rules are non-negotiable and they will create and establish a safe and cooperative environment. (CC10K4, CC10S1)
1. Respect yourself.
2. Respect others.
3. Respect the property of the school and the property of others.
To introduce students to the concept of respect we will have them participate in role-playing activities. Then we will lead students through a teacher-facilitated discussion that will result in the formation of our classroom rules.( This process relates to our theoretical rationale through three specific ways. Allowing students...