Classroom Rules & Procedures
by Tracy Flanagan
Teacher: Tracy Flanagan
School Phone: 620-697-2133
Planning Period: 8:55am – 9:45am
Home Phone: 620-697-4919
Cell Phone: 806-570-4650
~ PARENTS ~
• YOU are the most important part in many facets of your child’s life. YOU have a huge responsibility being a parent. Please encourage, support, lovingly correct, expect greatness, and hold up accountability for your child.
• If there is anything I can help you with academically, or otherwise, please let me know.
• I believe you know your child the best, which is why I will need YOUR help throughout the year!
• My role is to educate the child/student. This is accomplished by knowing each student’s academic needs, but more importantly knowing their hearts. Again, this is why I need YOUR help.
• The child’s/student’s role is to work hard, follow the rules, be respectful, and SHOW UP!
~ WAYS TO COMMUNICATE/GET INFO ~
• Yellow planners that should come home every night! This planner/agenda SHOULD have all the information and assignments for the day. If it is check marked, it means the assignment is completed. Don’t just take his/her word. Make them prove it to you if necessary. Sign and date the bottom. Use this planner to write me notes too. Weekly (Usually Wednesday or Thursday) I will use this planner to write down your child’s AR information.
• I will send home (most of the time on Fridays) a new spelling list for the upcoming week with parent information on it. The skills and CCSS will be on this list as well. Any important information that you need to know should be on this list. Look for it in a different color other than white! --Easy to spot--
• Website: My website can be utilized for various information. There is a weekly spelling section, parent information and upcoming events, pictures, classroom information, websites, weekly studies, party list sign up, teacher information, and a class schedule. To access this site, go to www.usd218.org. Click on Elkhart Elementary School, place your cursor over third grade, move it to Mrs. Flanagan, then click. All information should come up for you. Click on whichever section you would like.
• Email: email@example.com is my email address. I normally check it first thing in the morning. If you email me, plan to get a response that day. It might not be until the end of the day, but I will get back with you. If it is on the weekend, it will be hit or miss depending if I come in to school or not. The best way then would be to call or text me.
• Call or Text: Cell phone: 806-570-4650. This is probably the best way to contact me outside of school hours. It is my job to be there for you and your child. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. Texting works the best simply because I have a 2 year old and a 6 month old. Who knows what craziness might be going on at my house. If you text me I can answer the text after I have stopped the 2 year old from coloring on the wall and have changed the other’s diaper explosion! I have had parents text me before 7 AM –doesn’t bother me- to let me know about something for the day, and after 10PM for various reasons. I will respond to texts as soon as I know they are on my phone. (Most likely after my children have gone to bed)!
• I don’t care how, it just matters that you contact me! I will also be contacting you throughout the year! I hope not to annoy you, but I want you to know what and how your child is doing in class!
~ CLASSROOM RULES ~
The rules I follow are simple. They fall under the 6 pillars of character. Mr. Thrall also promotes these character traits at the beginning and throughout the year.
At the beginning of the school year students will be presented with these pillars of character. I will ask the students what they think each one means. We will discuss the meaning of each character trait, and examples will be given. Students will also have the opportunity to collaborate with one another and decide on a few examples of the rules to share with the class. This way the students will have ownership in the rules; therefore, adhere to them on a more consistent basis and know exactly what is to be expected. We will revisit these throughout the year. I have several writing lesson plans that go along with these character traits.
My discipline policy is very simple. I want to promote positive behavior and actions. I believe it is necessary to pro-act and stop any misbehavior before it starts.
There are three guidelines that I use to determine if any action is needed on my part, as the teacher. If the student’s behavior is NOT disrupting my teaching, his/her learning, or his/her peers’ learning, then no action shall be taken. If the student’s behavior is disrupting or interfering with any one of the three, then the student will be re-directed in a positive manner. (Example: Instead of saying, “Don’t tip in your chair,” Say, “Put all fours on the ground and focus on the team board please.”)
If behavior continues, the referral forms will come into effect. This is a discipline system that is called School Wide Positive Behavior (SWBP). There are two different types of referrals; minor infraction referrals, and major infraction referrals. A minor infraction may be inappropriate language, physical contact, defiance, any type of inappropriate disruption, property misuse, an electronic violation, harassment/bullying, and lying/cheating. A major infraction may include abusive language, fighting, physical aggression, defiance/disrespect, harassment/bullying, and theft.
This is a system that is used SCHOOL WIDE. This includes, in the cafeteria, in other classrooms such as P.E and music, the playground, etc… I will handle the minor infractions in my classroom, and a major infraction will be handled by the principal/administration. For minor infractions, I have set in place consequences that are listed below. At the point of a third minor infraction, it will be considered the three strike rule, and will then become a major infraction handled by the principal/administration.
1. One recess on the wall with a written apology/explanation to the appropriate party, and informing the parent/s.
2. Call to parent/s on the teacher’s next available time during the day, and detention after school with a consequence decided between parent/s AND teacher.
3. Three minor infractions equal a major infraction and the student will be sent to the principal.
~ INCENTIVES ~
Incentives are used to promote positive behavior. Whenever I see a student following directions or doing what he/she has been instructed to do, he/she will be given a ticket. These tickets will be cashed in at the end of every week for a chance to choose from a class “treasure” chest. This promotes the positive behavior when the students observe the on task student being rewarded for good behavior and encourages them to get on task as well. (Do this rather than asking, “Why aren’t you reading?”)
There will be a behavior party at the end of the week (or so) for students that did not receive any infractions, minor or major. This may be some free time on the computer, a board game, free drawing time, treats, etc…
Again, I want to encourage positive behavior in my classroom. I believe by letting students know what is expected of them, and giving them respect, they will respond much more effectively and there will be a positive atmosphere for learning and lots of fun to take place.
~ PROCEDURES ~
There are procedures all day long in a classroom. Some of these procedures may include: Morning Procedures, Hallway Procedures, Bathroom Procedures, End-of-the day procedures, procedures that go along with certain content times, etc… STRUCTURE! We will practice these a lot at the beginning of the school year. The idea is for the students to be able to “run” the classroom by themselves, minus the instruction portion of course!
~ STUDENT OF THE DAY ~
The student of the day may help the teacher with various tasks throughout the day.
~ SUPER STAR STUDENTS ~
At the beginning of the year students will fill out some information about themselves. They will also bring in some pictures if parents allow. They will go up on the STAR STUDENT board and will have an opportunity to have lunch with the teacher. Super Star Students change every 2-4 weeks.
~ HOMEWORK ~
Your child should study spelling words each night as well as read for 20 minutes. When multiplication starts, it is important to study facts every night as well. I do not give a lot of homework. Very seldom will a student bring home an assignment that has not been worked on at all. There is time in class to get work completed, and if time is used efficiently by the student, there should not be a lot of work to bring home. As a parent, I would simply plan on 30 minutes per night. Be creative about it. Practice facts with your child in the car on the way to ball practice. Make a “reverse” story time at your house. You pretend to be the child and snuggle up with a blanket and pillow and have your child read to you! (Kill two birds with one stone---know what I mean ;) The more creative, the better. Time spent with your child…. imperative.
~ ABSENCES ~
If at all possible, I would appreciate advanced notification of absences so I can get work together for the student. I would not want him/her to fall behind. In the case of illness, the students have 2 days for every one day he/she is absent to make up the work. After this time, it will be counted late and points will be deducted. As parents, communicate with me how your child is doing and I can always make adjustments for individual situations.
~ SCHEDULE ~
7:50-8:05 – Morning Procedures/Announcements/Attendance
8:05-8:25 – Math Mtg/Journal/Edits Time
8:25-55 – Theme Time/ELA Common Core Application
8:55-9:20 – Music
9:20-9:45 – PE
9:45-10:25 – ELA Common Core Direct Instruction
10:25-10:55 – LA Block 1
10:58-11:28 – LA Block 2
11:31-12:01 – LA Block 3
12:01-12:10 – Individual Work Time
12:10-12:45 – Lunch/Recess
12:45-1:55 – Math
1:55-2:15 – Library (T, Th) Computers (M, W) (not Friday)
2:15-2:30 – Recess
2:30-3:00 – Science/Social Studies
3:00-3:30 – AR/Spelling/Handwriting/ETC…
3:30 – Dismiss
~ PLANNERS/ASSIGNMENT NOTEBOOKS ~
Planners need to be signed or initialed each night. This tells me that you have read over the day’s assignments/activities and all homework is completed. DO NOT sign a blank page. It is your child’s responsibility to copy the information off of the board each day. There is time taken to do this. Great communication tool. Please utilize it!
~ SNACKS ~
There is a snack time every mid-morning for the students. They will be responsible for supplying their own snacks. We do not share snacks to minimize the germ sharing. Snacks need to be “healthy”. In other words, NOT FULL OF SUGAR. No cookies, candy, or chips. Good snacks may include crackers, fruit, trail mix, granola bars, etc… If you have any questions about these, please ask.
~ TECHNOLOGY ~
Each child will be assigned a laptop and headphones. We will do many projects on the computers as well utilize for every day use in the classroom. Laptops will not be assigned until a release form is filled out by a parent and returned. Laptops will be taken away for misuse. We also now have an apple tv system along with the use of ipads. These will follow the same guidelines on the release form.
~ STATE ASSESSMENTS ~
We prepare all year long for these tests. In third grade students will take the reading/math assessments. This year is the first assessment created for the CCSS. These tests will MOST LIKELY take place in March/April. We do not know an abundance of information because the state department of education and the government has not given us all the facts. We will certainly inform you as we know the information.
We are changing from the 2001 state standards to the newly revamped Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
~ SPELLING ~
We follow a systematic, spelling rules and patterns spelling program. There are 14 words and 4 bonus words. There is a different spelling list every week. On this list will also be parent information and upcoming events.
~ PARALELL BLOCK: READING ~
STAR test scores, MAP scores, and teacher input help determine reading groups. There are three thirty-minute rotations. (Reading Group, Learning Lab, and Seatwork).
~ THEMES ~
Every six to nine weeks we will have a different themed unit that integrates with social studies and science. We read a class book together focusing on reading strategies, incorporating grammar rules for the week, literary elements, etc… We will be incorporating a vocabulary list with each unit due to the different angle we are taking in spelling! The theme books we read have an AR test to go with them. The students will have a recorded grade for these tests.
~ ACCELERATED READER ~
This is a supplemental program to extrinsically motivate students in their reading. Goals are set every nine weeks. Ample time is given in class. They should also be doing there reading at home, so there is no reason at all for students not to meet their goals. AR testing time is designated every day from 10:10 – 10:25. This is because testing now requires a password from a teacher/administrator to view test results.
~ MATH ~
We follow the standards for CCSS. This is a tested subject in the spring. Math is a great time in this classroom. We do a lot of hands on activities, kinesthetic activities, problem solving activities, and group activities, but I also expect students to perform in the traditional way as well. A good mixture is used in this classroom.