Conducive Classroom Environment

Establishing procedures in a  classroom setting creates a learning environment that is helpful for all  students. Districts may provide guidelines, but ultimately, classroom  procedures, routines, rules, consequences, and rewards are at the  discretion of the teacher. Each year presents a new group of students to  which classroom management must be adapted to meet the needs of  students.

Allocate 3 hours in the field to support this field experience.

In  a K‐8 classroom, observe procedures, routines, rules, consequences, and  rewards in your mentor teacher’s classroom. With the permission of your  mentor teacher, observe two additional classrooms at the same school  site. Consider observing one classroom at the same grade level and one  classroom at a different grade level.

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While observing, pay  particular attention to the visuals around the classroom supporting  rules and procedures, organizational structures implemented during  learning, transitions from one activity to the next, and the teacher’s  initiative to organize the learning environment. Take notes on your  findings in preparation to collaborate with your mentor.

Discuss  your observations with your mentor teacher. Seek further information on  the site’s initiatives for classroom rules and procedures, grade level  collaboration, and the mentor’s perspective on establishing clear  procedures in the classroom environment.

Use any remaining field experience hours to assist the teacher in providing instruction and support to the class.

Summarize your observations and interview in 250‐500 words highlighting your vision for your future classroom environment.

In your summary, include the following:

  • Why is it important to create a classroom that is safe, organized, and productive?
  • How will a safe, organized, and productive classroom meet the needs of diverse students?
  • What procedures, routines, rewards, and rules did you observe that you would consider implementing in your future classroom?

GCU style is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

This  assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the  assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful  completion.

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