• Mrs. Caruthers

    Classroom Philosophy and Procedures


    The classroom management team consists of Carolann S. Caruthers or Mrs. C (as most of the students call me), Mrs. Becky, and all of our students. It is extremely important that all students become a part of the behavioral team and have some measure of input. If students participate in the classroom management decisions in the beginning, they become a part of the governing body and adhere to the classroom discipline plan with much more determination and respect. By the very nature of our classroom students, our room is  very busy, much like a regular work place within the community. Each student is actively working, not necessarily on the same thing at the same time; therefore, each student needs to demonstrate measures of control. At times we will have 15 students working on various activities in a limited space. Students will learn to cooperate, keep voices down, keep tempers at bay, and help each other to learn. In a way, our classroom is a great learning environment to be able to learn to work effectively when all around you looks chaotic.
    Personal behavior is the one thing in human nature that a person can control. It is up to the individual as to the way they act, what they say, and how they feel. All three of these things are controlled by the individual. It takes a lot of willpower to control self-thoughts, self-feelings and self-emotions. It is a brave individual that has the gumption to try to better themselves for themselves. It is on this premise that our classroom discipline plan has been built. It is that very idea that has maintained our classroom philosophy throughout the years.
    Our classroom philosophy is simply this:
    You can do or say anything as long as it does not bother anyone else in the world.
    If you are having a problem, you can fix it using any means necessary as long as it does not bother anyone else in the world.
    What I do depends on what you are willing to do to correct a situation.
    This leaves only the choice to be accepting of the rules for being human (a copy will be given to you). Students will quickly begin to understand and follow the "Golden Rule" of do unto others ... and adapt their behavior patterns quickly and accordingly.
    For disruptive students:
    If a student continues to be disruptive during a particular class period, I or an aide will calmly voice; "Did you hear the instructions?" Depending on student response, there are two choices the teacher/aide will make. If the student states, "Yes.", the teacher's response is: "Then do it please." If the student's response is "No.", the teacher's response is to repeat the directive. If the student does not comply with the directive, the teacher's response is "Did you understand what you were told?" Depending on student response, there are two choices for the teacher/aide. If the student states, "Yes.", then the teacher says "Then do it please." If the student's response is "No.", the teacher is to ask what part the student did not understand or they can explain the directive using different words. If the student did hear and understand the directive and does not comply, then the teacher will state, "You have the choice of complying with the directive or ( whatever would be a punisher such as a loss of individual student privileges)."
    I realize it is a lot to remember when things get going in my room. We have cheat sheets that help remind us what to say when. Deterrence and quieting disruptive behaviors before they begin to escalate into larger problems is the key to refrain from having a student making a trip to the office. It is important that young people develop the understanding and ability to govern their thoughts and emotions to maintain a safe, successful, and productive life.
    Electronic Device Policy as of August 2013
    Cell phones, smart phones, smart pads, (etc) can be used within the classroom for academic assignments. Students are welcome and encouraged to use electronic devices that have the capability to enhance classroom learning and facilitate educational interest. We encourage students to bring their devices. Phones will be placed in a box at the beginning of class time and retrieved just prior to the end of class unless needed for a particular assignment.  However, please understand that it is ultimately the student's responsibility to maintain control and security of their device. Personal texting or phone use will not be tolerated during any part of the class time and logical and natural consequences will apply. 


Last Modified on August 12, 2022