Classroom Environment & Relationships
- Classroom culture allows for open dialog, but has no tolerance of hate/disrepct
- Models how to engage in appropriate discussion etiquette
- Mix of groupings to foster different relationships among students
Assessing & Preparing for Learning Each Day
Each day Mrs. McGrath starts with vocabulary that is derived from the ACT list of prep words. This gets students active in class from the start. She also is constantly assessing her students and their progress to ensure the pace of course is matching where students are at. There are no days off and Mrs. McGrath's expectations are high, which guarantees that students are working each day.
Options for Socialization
- Cooperative learning
- "Conference tables"
- Side conversations
Although Mrs. McGrath's class was comprised of loud fourteen year olds, I rarely ever saw the classroom out of control. One of Mrs. McGrath's best classroom management procedures was her usage of preventative measures. Her measures included:
- Clear rules and procedures that were continuously modeled
- Mutual respect
- "I can do hard things"
- Very scary "mom" glare
- No late work accepted
- Commands the room
Culturally Responsive Teaching
- "Safe space" stickers
- Correct pronouns
- Zero tolerance for disrepect
- Inclusion of multiple cultures and perspectives in lessons