Essential 18: The Allen Essential 18 is the expected code of conduct in place school-wide to help students with manners, kindness, and preparedness. All staff and students are trained on the Essentials and recognized for their effort to follow to establish routines. The system consists of four houses and promotes positive behavior interactions within the school, creates a sense of camaraderie and friendship. The names of the houses represent the morals and expectations of the culture and community in our school which are courage, perseverance, generosity, and ambition. Students and staff are assigned houses and earn points for their house. Students can earn points for academics, behavior, attendance, manners, competitions, AR goals met, etc. Students work toward earning house celebrations three times a year with surprise celebrations during lunches and random times during the academic year.
Class Rules: Our students use the Essential 18 within the classroom as rules to behave and govern themselves. These are rules about being supportive teammates and partners in cooperative learning groups and will be retaught with positive reinforcement throughout the year. Students will also follow specific classroom rules of be safe, be responsible, be respectful, be ready, make good decisions, and solve your own problems.
Classroom Behavior Plan: Students are expected to follow the classroom rules and Allen Essential 18 at all times during instruction, specials, lunch and recess, and trainsition times. If students are unable to follow the classroom expectations, they will be met with the following behavior plan.
1. Warning. Reteaching of Allen Essential Skills and Expectations.
2. Student and Teacher Refocus Conference. Create verbal agreement of plan for future success in learning environment.
3. Communication with parent about continued behavioral choices. Student will be placed on structured recess to communicate with staff (counselors, teachers, duty teachers) to reflect on choices and strategies.
4. Parent conference with teacher and student to discuss effective behavior interventions to be written in formal behavior plan.
Classroom Economy: Other classroom management of supplies and rules will function through a simulated, real-world, microeconomy. Students earn and spend money to learn financial concepts by performing various duties such as classroom jobs, maintaining clean workspaces and technology, correctly following directions, and staying organized academically and personally. For example, students pay rent for their desks, pay an electricity bill for technology use and WIFI, and can be assessed fines for not following classroom procedures. Students who use their provided supplies and need replacements will need to purchase them with their funds. Through this learning environment, students learn valuable life skills in an experiential way.
Specifically, they are able to:
- Take part in a simulation of real-world economic activity.
- Learn the value of earning a paycheck, as they bank the salaries from their jobs.
- Learn how to budget their spending, manage a loan, balance a checking account, and make scheduled payments.
- Discover the importance of saving money to obtain what they want.
- Find out that every decision has an opportunity cost.
Specifics will be explained to students the first week of school and examples of ways to earn extra money or be fined will be presented the first day. Please ask your students specifically what they are doing to save their money and what they want to spend it on. This will develop a fun dialogue at home about an important life skill that will stay with a student throughout their life.
Growth Mindset- Our class is built around a growth mindset. Growth mindset means that we understand that our brain works like a muscle, and it can be built up and made stronger through challenging work, perseverance and supporting one another. We use three main programs in class to teach about the brain, which is listed below with links. Class Dojo is the website that is used to reward behavior but also provides videos and activities that our class participates in to learn about how our brains work, empathy, gratitude, and mindfulness. MindUp is a district curriculum for Social Emotional Learning that teaches about how the brain works and how we can train our brain to work how we want. It also teaches about mindfulness, health, and gratitude. The third program used is Youcubed, which is a Math website that provides videos and activities that teach about how the brain works when it comes to math and learning. The math activities that are provided through this program are meant to teach students that math is about playing with numbers and patterns.