An Overview of My Classroom
Differentiation in the Classroom
Multimodal learning in education means appealing to different senses and teaching concepts using multiple modes (visual, auditory, read/write, and kinesthetic learners). This allows the teacher to cater to different types of learners. Multimodal instruction allows the needs of all students to be met.
Flexible grouping allows students to work in a range of group sizes (whole class, small group, partner, and individual). It provides opportunities for students to be part of many different homogenous or heterogenous groups based on their readiness, interest, or learning style. When students work in a variety of groups, they learn from their peers and learn to work independently and cooperatively with a variety of personalities.
A balanced literacy program aids students in the development of reading and writing. Balanced literacy is most effective when students are provided with a variety of daily reading and writing experiences (read aloud, shared read, guided reading, independent reading, and word study). Balanced literacy strengthens students’ phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, oral language, and writing.
- ClassDojo is an online behavior management system intended to foster positive student behaviors and classroom culture.
- When I am upset at how students are behaving, make this known. Do not result to simply yelling, but instead, be stern and sincere. Have a conversation with the students on what they did wrong and how that made me feel. Ask them “What can we do better in the future?” This allows students to understand what they did wrong and how they can fix it.
At the beginning of the year, have the students come up with classroom rules together. This holds students responsible for their own ideas. Once the rules are written on a paper to display, have students sign it at the bottom.
Use a marble jar as a form of positive reinforcement. When the marble jar is filled, the students get a reward.
Ask the off-task student a question about the content. This question must be easy enough for the student to answer to avoid embarrassment. If I am unsure of an easy question to ask, ask the student to read something aloud to the class such as information on the board or a question on a worksheet.
Keeping Track of Time
Use a timer as students are doing their work and during transitions in order to ensure all lessons are covered.
When noticing students are having a difficult time concentrating or keeping the noise level down, quiet them down and do a breathing exercise to get them back on track.
After Lunch Cool Down
Since students have a lot of energy during recess and lunch time, put on calming music for two to three minutes after students come back to class. Students will put their heads down and close their eyes to calm them down before getting to work again.
Inform parents of the weekly parent communication hour where the teacher or parents are able to schedule a phone conversation.
Use ClassDojo as a way to keep parents informed on classroom happenings. Private message parents about student progress, positive behavior, and any concerns.
“All About the Teacher” Letter
Send a letter to families prior to the school year so that both parents and students are able to learn about me.
Invite Parents to the Classroom
Invite parents for special events such as Career Day and the Wax Museum.