My Philosophy:
I believe that all of my students can behave appropriately in my classroom.  Activities are planned to allow for active participation.  Students are expected to behave in a manner that is appropriate for a five year old child.  The following rules are our classroom rules.  They are worded in a manner that is easy for children to understand.  In order to guarantee your child, and all the students in my classroom the excellent learning climate they deserve, this is my plan to assure appropriate behavior and a positive learning environment.

My Classroom Rules:
1.  Listening Bodies: I will listen and follow directions.
2.  Raised Hands:  I will raise my hand to share ideas.
3.  Quiet Mouths:  I will use a soft voice.
4.  Walking Feet:  I will walk in school to be safe.
5.  Helping Hands:  I will use my hands for helping and not hurting.
6.  Caring Hearts:  I will use kind words.

How it Works:
Each child has a clothespin with their name attached to a behavior board.  Every day the children start with their clip on the  "Ready to Learn" part of the board.  As they are caught doing well or caught breaking the rules, the clip will be moved up or down the chart.  The goal is to stay on "Ready to Learn" or to move up to the three sections above it.  The levels in order are: "Super Student," "Great Job," "Good Choices," Ready to Learn," "Think About It," Teacher's Choice," and "Parent Contact."   The child may move up or down the chart throughout the day based on their behavior.  I feel that it is important for them to learn that even if they make a bad decision, they still have a chance to do better and have their clip move back up.

If a Student Chooses to Break a Rule:  The child's clothespin will be moved down and they may be given time to take a break to get themselves ready to learn.  For dangerous behaviors, the child may go straight to "Parent Contact."

If a Student Is "Caught Doing the Right Thing": They get to move their clip up!

During the year, children will receive many positive comments about appropriate behavior.  The true goal is for the children to feel good about their behavior and to behave because of their inner motivation.  If your child is on "Ready to Learn" or above, this tells you that the behavior was appropriate.  However, if your child is below "Ready to Learn", please discuss with your child how they can make better choices and follow the rules for the classroom.

If at any time you would like to discuss behavior concerns with me, please feel free to contact me.  When the parent and the teacher work together, positive results are achieved.  Please help your child to learn appropriate school behavior by supporting our attempts to instill positive behavior in your child.