Dorothy Teramoto » Class Behavior Policy

Class Behavior Policy

I believe that children learn best in a positive, nurturing environment where respect, responsibility, safety, and good manners are prevelant.  I set the tone for this environment by modeling respect, responsibility and good manners, explicitly teaching and reviewing our class expectations, and using positive rewards and consequences to reinforce these behaviors.  It is important for each child to develop self-discipline and good work habits, resolve conflicts peacefully, and think independently.  The goal is for each student to make good choices about his/her behavior.  

Outside of our classroom expectations, students are expected to practice their General Learner Outcomes (G.L.O.'s):

Self-directed Learner (The ability to be responsible for one's own learning)

Community Contributor (The understanding that it is essential for human beings to work together)

Complex Thinker (The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving)

Quality Producer (The ability to recognize and produce quality performance and quality products)

Effective Communicator (The ability to communicate effectively)

Effective and Ethical User of Technology (The ability to use a variety of technologies effectively and ethically)

When working in cooperative groups, students also follow their Team Cooperation Goals:

  • Practice Active Listening 
  • Explain Your Ideas/Tell Why
  • Everyone Participates
  • Help and Encourage Others
  • Complete Tasks

Students receive incentives for following classroom expectations, practicing their G.L.O.'s and Team Cooperation Goals.  These include:

  • Class DoJo Points
  • Free time
  • Homework Pass
  • End of Quarter Reward

Consequences for inappropriate behavior depend on the severity of the incident. Most issues are handled in class and parents are only notified if it is a more serious offense or the repeated behavior affects the learning of the child or the learning of others.

1st time: Warning/redirection of behavior

2nd time: 2 minute reset outside of class

3rd time: Think it Through Sheet (stays in class),or a Think it Through Sheet that goes home

4th time: Conference with teacher. Call home to parents. Depending on severity, referral to principal.