In my classroom, I want the students to understand that we are all growing. What better way to show that than apples growing on a tree?
With my class, I plan to have students understand that there is a time to have fun and a time to learn. For this reason, my class will be structured from day one. “A key component of being an effective teacher begins with providing structure in the classroom” (Derrick Meador). The class structure is imperative because it sets the tone for the school year. When students are not doing what is asked, they will be warned twice and punished if behavior persists. This will come in the result of silent lunch and/or a letter home to their parent.
In my observations as a Teaching Fellow, my cooperating teacher was very structured, and the students understood the expectations set by her. This led to a decline in horse play and other undesirable behaviors and increased focus on work in the classroom. So, I will implement a system where students are recognized for hard work: Shining Apples. This will have the students’ names written on the apples and placed around the wall in our classroom for passing test grades (all students) and compliments from other teachers. When the Shining Apples are ready to be picked (at the amount of 20-30 apples) the students will receive an extra 15 minutes of recess, movie day, or snacks. Choice upon the reward will rely on the students by a majority-ruled class vote.
Specialties I Can Offer
Students must be aware that I am at their root at the bottom of our apple tree. I am here for their support and nourishment. When students are in need I am willing to provide a tutoring club after school for up to an hour. Parents are welcomed to sit in and wait for their child to finish the tutoring session. I will address the students as a whole and allow them to work collaboratively when everyone has understanding.