How do you develop an effective behavior management plan?
Page 3: Statement of Purpose
A statement of purpose clearly, succinctly, and positively conveys to parents and students the major goals or mission of classroom activities. It lays the foundation for the rest of the comprehensive behavior management plan and holds together the plan’s various components. The teacher should complete the statement of purpose before developing the other components of the behavior management plan. Maybe most importantly, she should make sure it meets the criteria outlined below.
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Review the sample statement of purpose below and determine whether it meets the criteria outlined above.
Is it focused, direct, clear, and free of teacher jargon?
- States the purpose of the classroom—The purpose of the classroom is stated in the first sentence.
- States expectations for the students—The expectations for the students are stated in the second sentence.
- Is brief—It consists of two sentences.
- Positively states expectations—It avoids the use of negatives (e.g., no, don’t).
- Avoids vague or imprecise language—It is clear and to the point.
Free of teacher jargon:
- Does not use terms unique to educational professionals—The vocabulary can be easily understood by students and parents.
- Uses language that parents and students can easily comprehend—The vocabulary is appropriate and familiar to students.
- Avoids the excessive use of adjectives—Although adjectives are used, they are used sparingly.
Now it’s your turn to create a statement of purpose. You can develop it for the fifth-grade classroom described in the Challenge or for the grade level that you currently teach or intend to teach someday. Click here to develop your own statement of purpose.
Note: To work this activity, you will need to enter your email address and create a password. This will enable you to save your work and return to it later. After completing all components of your behavior management plan, you will have an opportunity to print it in its entirety.