Art Education Classroom and Behavior Management

Enclosed below is my behavior management plan for the 2011-2012 school year. This year, I will be teaching middle school art. The rules for my behavior management are modified and inspired by “The Essential 55” by Ron Clark. You are welcome to download use and share this plan, but please do not republish without crediting this source AND citing “The Essential 55” by Ron Clark.

After my plan, you can download editable verisons of my “conduct reflection” forms. The images for these forms come from free-for-teachers Discovery Kids clip art. You are welcome to download and use and share these forms, but please do not republish without crediting this source AND citing Discovery Kids clip-art.

12 thoughts on “Art Education Classroom and Behavior Management”

  1. wow you have been hard at work! How did you embed the stuff from slide share into your post? That is a great program. Also how do you find the red, yellow, blue thing works with middle school?

  2. Slideshare embeds docs and PDFs just like it does PowerPoint. Hahaha the red yellow blue is more for 6th grade, and I varybit up for the older kids (need to edit that!).

  3. Excellent! I use many of the same classroom management strategies that you discuss. It is an ever-evolving process, isn't it? I also have a multi-page document that describes my complete system, but I summarized it to remind myself of what my overriding strategies and principles are as follows:-Teach and reinforce personal responsibility to promote intrinsic motivation for learning.-Teach documented procedures to organize independent student activity.-Use assigned seating to facilitate appropriate socialization.-Use the “Give Me Five” hand signal to gain attention.-Use the “ART Game” to reinforce appropriate volume.-Use a rotating “Table of the Day” to distribute materials and clean up.-Ask questions to elicit choices and formulate solutions: “What do you suggest we do about it? What else?”

  4. Twenty-four rules? I've just never seen so many. Do your students remember them? Would you have so many for elementary. (I got the 55 essential rules that you recommended, but I can't imagine posting so many rules?)

  5. It is a lot of rules! I have them on large (2pieces) at the front of my room next to the consequences. Many of the rules are about extending respect which is something I find middle achoolers need help with. I agree that 24 rules is too many for elementary and I pare them down when teaching those ages. This will be my 6th year using my version of the essential 55. For me this system is really effective and cuts down on both time spent on discipline and office referrals.

  6. Ok. I do get that just writing Respect may need to be clarified, which would cover a lot of those rules, really. I hope I didn't come across critical, I was just surprised. Thanks for posting. I am working on my own classroom management plan right now, but have a couple more weeks until I have to report.

  7. Angie,No worries. I didn't think you were being critical. But, even if you were -or I thought so- it would be okay. Part of the reason I share is so I can get feedback from other amazing teachers (like you). Sometimes I will trying running a management idea by a colleague (who might teach math etc.) and it just isn't the same at all!And, you know, it is a crap ton of rules, right!? The first time I used them my school had 3 rules for the entire building: respect one another, respect the teachers, and respect yourself. Those are great rules, but if you don't even know what respect is, then those “rules” don't get you far. Also, those rules don't cover a lot of behavior crap that teachers DO deal with on a daily basis. So, when I put up 24 odd rules years ago, I got some “comments.” But, when I was able to use lino cutters with students who had previously only been allowed to use crayons. . .That got some attention. It worked for me.

  8. Hey Rob,What is the ART game? And, I like your idea of paring down your CM plan so you can have the “brief” version. I've been trying to think of ways to pare this one down for a “quick read” for the substitute teacher folder.

  9. The ART game is a “classic,” but I use it and it works well for me. Here it is: The ART Game – In order to keep classroom volume at a reasonable level, I play an ongoing game on the whiteboard with the word “ART.” This game could easily be played with ART simply written on the whiteboard in dry-erase marker, but I made the individual letters out of laminated construction paper with magnets on the back as follows: the A is green, the R is yellow, and the T is red (like a traffic light). Goal – The word ART starts out at the top of the whiteboard. The students’ goal is to keep the letters from moving down to the bottom of the board (or being erased, if simply writing the letters). If the class is getting too loud, I move the A down to the bottom of the board. This is the first warning. If, after a few minutes, the class is still too loud, I move the R down. This is the second warning. If the class still doesn’t quiet down sufficiently, I move the T down. At this point, the class now owes me complete silence for a number of minutes that I determine (usually 5 to 10). Determining a Winner – The class wins if I never move the letter T down, which means they get to continue talking while they work. If they lose the T and have to work silently, then I win. Note: The class may earn back letters at my discretion for improved behavior, but I intentionally make this a rare occurrence. The game resets the next time I see each class.

  10. Thank you so much for posting this! As a new teacher, it is SO helpful so I don't have to reinvent the wheel!

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