What can Ms. Rollison do to increase the chances that her students will behave appropriately in class?
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To begin developing an effective comprehensive behavior management plan, Ms. Rollison learns that she must start with a statement of purpose—a brief, positive statement that conveys to parents and students the reasons why various aspects of the management plan are necessary. Ideally, this statement acts to guide all decisions and practices related to behavior. The statement of purpose must be focused, direct, clearly understood, and free of teacher jargon. Review the sample statement of purpose below and notice that it is:
Sample Statement of Purpose
- It states the purpose of the classroom
- It pinpoints the desired expectations for students
- It is brief (three sentences or fewer)
- It positively states expectations
- It avoids vague or imprecise language
Free of teacher jargon:
- It does not use terms unique to educational professionals
- It uses language that parents and students can easily comprehend
- It avoids the excessive use of adjectives
Listen as Michael Rosenberg describes the importance of having a statement of purpose (time: 1:01).
Michael Rosenberg, PhD
Professor of Special Education, Associate Dean of Research
Johns Hopkins University
After developing the statement of purpose, the teacher might consider providing examples of expected behavior through activities such as story telling or role-playing. For instance, to help students understand the concept of being considerate in the classroom, the teacher could ask them to role play being considerate and then ask them to do the same for inconsiderate.
Ms. Rollison has developed a statement of purpose for her class. Help her to evaluate how well it meets the criteria and, if necessary, to rewrite it. First, read the statement of purpose below.
Think about each of the criteria listed below. Does Ms. Rollinson’s statement of purpose meet them? If yes, click the green checkmark. If no, select the red X.
Now that you have examined the feedback, click to rewrite Ms. Rollison’s statement of purpose to fully meet these criteria.