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Time to Teach--Classroom Management Plan
Time to Teach

This year grades K-8 will be implementing the “Time to Teach” program, which promotes the following goals:
1. To provide a safe and orderly learning environment for all students.
2. To help students become responsible and cooperate (not just compliant).
 3. To help students manage themselves and be reflective of their behavior.
 4. To develop a positive proactive culture for dealing with discipline

Students are taught the expected behaviors and are held accountable for their actions. Teachers will teach, model, and allow students multiple opportunities to practice expected classroom behaviors. Teachers will make every effort to build positive and healthy relationships with students.

Your child will learn the term “REFOCUS”. A REFOCUS happens when a student has chosen not to follow expected behaviors and a teacher has suggested a better way to act, with no adjustment on the student’s part. Classroom teachers will always ask themselves three questions before refocusing a student:
  1. Can I continue to teach?
  2. Can this particular child continue to learn?
  3. Can the entire class continue to learn?
When a child is asked to REFOCUS, the following behavioral procedures will be in place: 

Behavior Procedures

Initial low-level student behavior:
  • Teacher provides a start-up prompt
  • Student is given the choice to stop or continue behavior
  • If student continues behavior, he/she will receive a Refocus sheet to fill out at the Refocus desk which may be in the classroom or a buddy room
  • Once the Refocus sheet is completed appropriately, student may continue with his class at his/her own desk.
  • Refocus prompts continue as needed (more than three a day could result in a phone call to the parent)
If student refuses to Refocus:
  • Students will be removed from the classroom
  • Support staff will be notified and join the teacher in the classroom with the student
  • Student is given the choice to refocus or refuse
  • If student chooses to refocus, classmates can return and student will return when Refocus sheet is appropriately completed
  • If student continues to refuse, parent is called
If student runs out of room but still in the building:
  • Support staff will be called to assist
  • Student is given the choice to Refocus or refuse
  • If he/she chooses refocus, he/she may return to class when Refocus sheet is appropriately completed
  • If he/she chooses to refuse, parent is called
If student runs out of the building:
  • Support staff will be called to assist
  • 911 will be called and then the parent will be notified
As a school we have classified the following behaviors into three levels.
Level One – These would be considered minor offenses that can be dealt with by the classroom teacher and documented on a refocus form (these items are not all encompassing).
Level Two – These behaviors would be considered more critical and will lead to a referral.   The referral will be followed by a conference between student, parent, teacher, and principal at which time appropriate consequences will be decided.
Level Three – These are behaviors that are Absolutes – ZERO Tolerance.  Student will be removed immediately from the instructional setting, as safety is the upmost priority.    
Midland Adventist Academy K-8 Time to Teach Behavior Plan
Level One Level Two Level Three  
Minor Infractions
These infractions will be addressed by the teacher.
Critical Infractions
These infractions will be documented on and sent to the office. A conference will be arranged.
Absolutes – NO TOLERANCE Removed Immediately Safety is the immediate issue, remove student immediately.  
Not turning in homework Fighting Physical/Verbal abuse towards themselves or others.  
Off task Permanent damage to property Drugs  
Inappropriate voice volume Threat Weapon  
Not keeping hands/feet to oneself Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying Sexual Harassment  
Not doing class work Theft Endangering the safety of self and others  
Tattling Flagrant defiance Refusing to comply when asked their names/running away from an adult who wants to talk to them.  
Bathroom behavior Threat of bodily harm    
Name calling Misuse of computer    
Excessive talking Indecent gestures (gang)    
Not following individual classroom rules. Excessive kicking, hitting, swearing, tripping throwing objects, aggressive to others.    
Dishonesty Excessive inappropriate behaviors in classrooms, bathroom, playground. (peeing on the wall)
Over Time
Refusing to follow directions      
Not respecting others property      
***Inappropriate language      
Hallway behavior      
* Any other serious disruptions of the educational process will be dealt with at the discretion of the teacher and the building administration in accordance with district and building policies and procedures.