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Ms. Kirk

Ms. Kirk

Northside Elementary School: (516) 434-7500

Ms. Kirk : Classroom Mangement

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Classroom Mangement

Classroom Mangement

OUR CLASSROOM RULES
:) Be good listeners and follow directions (the first time they are given).
:) Keep hands, feet, and other objects to ourselves.
:) Be kind to other children and adults in the classroom.  Only say nice 
things.
:)  Always walk in the hallways and classroom.
:)  Raise our hand when we need to share something with the class.
:) Use a soft voice in the classroom.

To help us remember these rules we us a system called "Turn-A-Card".  Your 
child will let your know how he/she is doing everyday by coloring in a box on 
his/her "Turn-A-Card" calendar that is in the back of his/her Green Dot 
notebook.  You will need to sign it at the end of each week.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

We have a pocket chart displayed in our room and each student has a pocket 
with five color-coded cards; WHITE, GREEN, YELLOW, ORANGE and PINK.

Each day the white card will be on top, which means behavior is appropriate.  
When a rule is broken the student will be asked to "turn a card".  The next 
card in the pocket is GREEN, which means the student has been given a verbal 
warning.  If the student demonstrates inappropriate behavior in class the 
same day, he/she must "turn a card" again, revealing YELLOW, which means the 
student has been given a second verbal warning.  The ORANGE card means the 
student will be given a brief time-out, during which he/she should reflect on 
the behavior.  If the student's behavior is inappropriate for a fourth time 
during the day, the last card that is turned is PINK.  A pink card means a 
second time-out is given and the student's parents will be notified either by 
note or telephone call.

During the first week of school, the children and I created the classroom 
rules together.  I feel it is important that the children accept 
responsibilty for their choices, good ones as well as poor ones.  Each day, 
the cards are returned to their original order, with the white card on the 
top, so that each day can be a fresh start and another chance at 
demonstrating appropriate behavior.

By having the students physically turn their cards, I am asking them to 
acknowledge inappropriate behavior and to take responsibility for it.  In 
addition to turning over their cards, children will be responsible for 
reporting back to you by coloring in a daily calendar with the color card 
that is showing at the end of the day.  The calendar will be placed in the 
back of their Green Dot notebook.  I ask that you sign the calendar at the 
end of each week.

The children and I have spent some time going over this new system and we are 
all excited about beginning this system.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  As always, thank 
you for your continued support.  :)

Sincerely,

Miss Kirk