Education Philosophy and Classroom Management Plan
As an educator, my teaching philosophy is that of a progressivism, and my classroom management plan is a reflection of my philosophical alignment. Students are individuals, with unique personalities, interests, and needs and it is my responsibility to treat students with dignity. Another aspect of the philosophy that heavily influenced my classroom management plan, is the idea of students as active learners. Therefore, students are involved in the planning and implementation of the management plan as much as possible. One of the most important themes woven throughout my classroom management plan is that of respect. In Level 1of the classroom management plan, this is clearly presented in the fact that all of the strategies used are based around the idea respect. Students are actively involved in the creation of the community, with creation of a social contract and directorships. Level 2 also has strategies rooted in respect, as my planned teacher oriented recovery strategies are focused on redirection, through eye contact or doing the unexpected, rather than directly confronting the student. As much as I want students to learn content in my classroom, I also want them to learn how to be a respectful and accountable individual. Level 2 and 3 have many strategies built in to promote these ideals. In Level 2 students are given choices when consequences are necessary, as well as using cooperative discipline. Level 3 further builds on these ideas, but implements more tools for students to use in order to develop social, problem solving, and self-regulation skills. These are lifelong skills that will serve the student far beyond the classroom walls. Level 4 and 5, while more specific in their implementation, still include strategies that respect students as individuals with specific needs. In these levels communication of needs, and communication with appropriate personnel are paramount to assisting the student achieve success. The overarching goal of the plan is create a safe and welcoming classroom that will optimize student involvement and student learning. Preparing responsible citizens is another focus of the management plan. It is my role as an educator to model respect and accountability while also providing students with the tools they need to grow emotionally and intellectually.