Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Classroom Management

Jessica Balsley over on the ART of Education is doing a week about Classroom Management. Today, she posted a copy of the form letter she uses to communicate with parents.

I made something similar for myself and the specialists at my school a bit back and we have been using them for months now with great success. The reason I made these was that our previous system was a form that was carbon, and went home in triplicate. The austere and serious nature of the appearance of the paperwork ALWAYS upset parents, and resulted in a lot of phone calls and meetings that were mostly to calm a very upset parent down. You know what? It is school, and we learn how to behave in school (among many places), and kids are going to mess up from time to time. We needed a friendlier form! So, I made this, and like I said, we use it with great success.

In the nature of celebrating good classroom management before the winter break, I wanted to share them with you. Any blacked-out areas you see, are areas where my school name was posted.

Click to enlarge the images for reading!


The first sheet is the front, and this is for the student to fill out. I want my students to reflect on their actions and learn from them. I do not want them shamed, but instead to understand the environment and their actions. The second sheet is the back, and this is for me to fill out and to communicate with the parent.

I used clip art from the free clip art for teachers over on Discovery Kids. This clip art is licensed for teacher use in non-commercial, k-12 environments. So we are able to share and repost so long as no one tries to turn a profit from their use. :)

I also made a visual version of the student reflection portion of these sheets for my kindergartners, some 1st graders, and my preschool students (my non-readers). I used Berenstein Bear images. From talking with my media specialist, my understanding of copyright law is that teachers may use such images in an educational, non-profit, k-12 environment as long as it is not in a commercial manner (fundraising, advertising etc.). However, I do not feel comfortable posting the Berenstein Bear imaged sheet because I am not sure of the copyright with regards to promotional blogs etc., and do not want to infringe.

You are so welcome to use these images! I made them in MS Publisher. If you would like a copy that you could edit for your school, please just email me/comment and I will send them your way!

15 comments:

  1. Hi Amy! Thanks for joining in with the management conversation this week- You have some great resources here. I think anytime there is a professional form, it helps with consistency and simplifies the process for you each day. I also enjoy your blog! Keep it up!

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  2. I would like a copy please. You can email me at wocketinmypocket7@hotmail.com

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  3. This is a great post and I really like what you did with the Conduct Reflection Sheets - I would love to see what for the younger students.
    My e-mail is:
    sbivona@bernardsboe.com

    Thanks - Susan

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  4. Thanks Amy!!! I am still trying to figure out classroom mang. and trying different things if one doesn't work. Maybe these sheets will do the trick? I hope so! If you have a chance could you email me a copy? Thanks so much!
    vonseamans@hotmail.com
    Anna

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  5. I love this form. I will be moving from first grade to art this coming year and am trying to figure out classroom management from a specialist teacher angle. I am sure it will be a little different. If you don't mind, I would love a copy of your forms. My email is:
    spiatt@bryanisd.org.

    Thanks so much for sharing your hard work with others.

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  6. Hi Amy!
    I have spent some time pouring over your website.... this is awesome! I am starting over at a new school this year after eight years at another. Looking for new management tools, and this letter is great! Would you please email me a letter I can edit?
    Thanks!
    Amy Johnson amyjohnson123@gmail.com

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  7. I love this form- could you send me a letter that I coud edit? Thanks!
    Kathleen
    lucsmama@gmail.com

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  8. Hi Amy!
    I would love a copy. What a great idea. I just started teaching elementary after teaching middle school for five years. Thank you!

    cmcclave@jds.org

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  9. Please email this conduct form!
    Thanks so much!
    Joy
    jmvick84@cableone.net

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  10. Thanks for sharing your ideas about classroom management. I love your conduct resolution form for older grades. I think it is very awesome to get the parents involved. If you get a free moment, would you please send me a copy of your Berenstein Bear sheet used with younger students? My email is audra_m@usevs.org.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas! love the site!
    Audra

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  11. Hi Amy, I just read your comment on The Art of Education by Jessica. I love your form so can you email me both versions as I teach 1st through HS art.
    Thank you
    Jackie Hummel
    hummelj@libertyschool.net

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  12. Hi Amy, I just read your comment on The Art of Education by Jessica. I love your form so can you email me both versions as I teach 1st through HS art.
    Thank you
    Jackie Hummel
    hummelj@libertyschool.net

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  13. Could I get a copy of this form? It's perfect for what I need. My email is tarabelle@goeaston.net

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  14. Sure! Here is a link to my dropbox wherein all of these rubrics are located. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y35whhxuhzg1vv4/69QIZ8hWk1

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  15. What a great idea! Please send me the forms at kaya.rollo@barrow.k12.ga.us
    Thanks!

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