Sunday, August 30, 2015

Managing Behavior in the Classroom

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

We're heading into our 4th full week of school, and I feel like

we're off to the races! The blog also got a facelift, and I am so

excited about it! I love it!


Let's have a chat about classroom management and discipline!!!!

First, let me begin by saying that there are a ton of management and

discipline strategies, and I truly believe that they all have great points,

and I like to pull the best parts from all of them and incorporate them

into my classroom. 


WARNING!!!

I do have a clip chart, and I love to use it!!

It's ok if you do too! It's also ok if you don't!

As a matter of fact, we'll start right there.

These are the colors and sayings that we use school-wide.




Ok, so now that the hard part is out of the way, here we are!

I am a teacher that loves her clipart!

However, I must say, I don't use it rigidly, expecting each child to adhere

to it and if they don't they'll be sorry. It's very fluid, and students do move

up and down during the day.


I've even had some students where I have learned that it was not in their

best interest to make them live by the behavior chart. Students are 

individuals, and we have to treat them as such.

It breaks my heart to see teachers who expect all of their

students to be the same, because those students will never be on 

green, pink or purple using the traditional way.

For those students, I use a modified version of the behavior chart, 

or if necessary, they have a totally different behavior modification system. 


At the end of each day, the students complete their behavior chart,

which matches the one that is hanging in our room. I've found that

by having the students to color it, they take more ownership over

their behavior. 


I have tons of rewards and consequences in my classroom. I've found 

that in classroom where there are no rewards and/or consequences, the 

students are running wild! 


If a student is on pink for the day, at the end, they get some bubble gum 

from our bubble gum machine. Each student has to put a coin in to get 

some gum (duh!). It's also a great way to add in some coin recognition.



If they are on purple at the end of the day, then they are able to get a 

sucker from my flowerpot of sweet treats. 


They also get to wear these awesome superhero capes the next day!

I have a Superman and a Wonder Woman cape.

Hmmmm......come to think of it, I haven't seen them this year.....

....which is why I don't have any pictures......

which means I need to get to digging in my cabinets!


Now, the next part applies to everyone. FUN FRIDAY!!! This is just 

all out fun, where I have play centers such as play-doh, legos, blocks, 

and it will eventually expand to coloring humongous coloring sheets 

with markets, foam sheets and glitter stickers, etc., etc.


In order to participate in fun friday, they have to have at least 3 greens 

and up and no reds for the week. Yes, this means that if a students gets

a yellow or an orange or 2, they can still participate. There are so many 

different variables that can cause a student to have a bad day, and I 

think that it is so unfair to expect them to be perfect!!






Next up is treasure box!!  In order to get treasure box, a student has

to have 4 greens and up, and no reds at all. I've heard of teachers

getting their treasure box treats from Wal-Mart, The Dollar Tree,

etc., but let me tell you the cheapest place to buy TONS of things

for your treasure box.......PARTY CITY!!!!!


Yup, that's where I got all of these goodies from!!! They have 

25 cent, 35 cent, 45 cent, 60 cent and up sections, 

and let me tell you, I rack up!!!


Outside of all of this, I use a lot of praise and hugs and 

positive reinforcement. No matter what behavior management

system you use, it has to work for you as the classroom teacher. 

I've tried to use things that other teachers love, and it hasn't

worked for my classroom, and it took me a minute to realize that

it was because it didn't work for me. 


Also, don't be afraid to switch up your system for your new class.

What worked last year may not work with your new class.

It's a brand new year, and you will have to make 

adjustments and allowances for who they are. 

I tweak it here and there when I need to, and for some kiddos,

it goes completely out of the window, because that is what is

best for them!


I hope that your year is going extremely well, and I'll

talk to you later!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Back to School Freebies

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

This past Thursday, our kiddos came to school.

And I think during the week I took on too much!!

You know how you can be stressed out and you don't even realize it?

For two days straight I had a serious headache, the worst I've ever had.

I went home and slept until it was time for bed, and then I got under

the covers and slept some more, lol!!

Sometimes it's ok to give your body and brain some rest,

because it will let you know by shutting down!!




I'm here to share some freebies to help you get the year started off right!

Click on any of the pictures for your freebie! Here we go!


I use these charts all of the time in my classroom!!! I use them for small group,

I put them in their take-home binders, fluency folders, etc.

You name it, I've done it!


This freebie includes Phonics Chant Charts, and an Alphabet Sound Chart.

Black and white versions are included as well.



Next up is the baseline assessment that we use. 


There is also a version that includes letter sounds if you wish to assess it.


Some people have said that this pre-assessment for kindergarten is too easy...

....lucky you if it is, but this is hard for the kinders that come into my classroom. 

The student pages are below. 




After I assess the students, I like to keep up with their letter recognition by using these sheets. 



Ok, last freebie!!!!   Roll & Record!!!!

Ok, this freebie focuses on capital letters, and included two recording sheets per cube: 

one where they trace the letters, and one where they write it. 




I hope you're having a great start to your year, and if you're not back in school yet,

well boo-boo to you, lol!!!!

Talk to you later!




Sunday, August 2, 2015

Handwriting, Math & a Sale!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

I have good news, and bad news....

....which do you want first?

Ok, I'll give you the bad news!!!

Alright....this is it......tomorrow is D-Day...

....I already have the alarm clock on........lunch is packed.....

....tomorrow is the day that summer officially ends 

for teachers in my district.



Oh well, on to the good news!

I got around to completing some packs!



More likely than not, my kiddos always need handwriting practice!

I wanted something that could be easy to do, and easy to prep!

Besides the cover page, there are three pages for students to practice letter formation.


They will trace and write the capital letter.


Trace and write the lowercase letter.


On the last page they will write the capital and lowercase letter.


Click on any of the pictures to view it in my store!

Next up, math centers!

I really want to rev up my math centers this year...




There are 8 centers included, focusing on beginning math skills, 

such as number recognition and writing, colors, shapes and more!

Click on the pictures to view it in my store!


The back to school sale on TPT begins tomorrow!

I'm off to fill up my cart and leave some feedback so that I can use those TPT credits!

 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Making a Sensory Table!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

I'm back today to link up with Tara

for another







In my previous posts here and here,

I've been getting a head start and making some materials

for my sensory table.


Without further ado, here we go....


So, sensory tables can be a bit expensive, and they can be pretty big.

My current kindergarten classroom is a bit smaller than my previous one,

because I have a restroom in my classroom. 

Trust me, I'd rather downsize the class than have to 

be without a restroom in kindergarten!!!



So, I was looking on Pinterest, doing a little bit of research on sensory tables and materials,

and I saw that a lot of people had built some......

......now I'm definitely not a carpenter, but my dad is a pretty good handyman!

So....before I asked him, I decided that I wanted a pretty sturdy one, 

not out of PVC pipe, because I had a feeling that at the

end of it I would be like Amelia Bedelia,

all tied up and tangled up in PVC pipe, lol!!


So, wood it would be (no pun intended...maybe)!!

My dad took one look at the picture, and he was like, 

"oh yeah, that'll be no problem!"


I went to Wal-Mart, and decided on the size of the Sterilite tub that I wanted.

Off to Lowe's we went, and he decided that I should get some 

1 X 4's instead of 1 X 6's.



My dad measured and started cutting! He even got in on the picture taking,

pausing and asking did I want to take a picture at each stage, lol!


What did you say? Where was I? Umhmmm....I was sitting right here, watching!!


It's coming together!


My brother decided to get in on the action.


Ain't it so stinkin' cute?!?!  


Here they go, all completed!! He added some thingie's at the bottom to stabilize it.


Now, it's paint time!!!!!! I used the one with the gloss finish.


It's not as easy as it looks, my dad took over so I could take some pictures.


Now, it's time for the polka dots!!!!


And voila! Here they are!






I absolutely LOVE them, and I can't wait to use them!!!!

If sensory tables go well this year, who knows,

I may ask him to build one large one, lol!!

Shhh.....don't tell him I said so!

Come on over and see what everyone else is doing!




Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Stress of Dismissal on the 1st Day

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

Well, here we are, T-minus 1 week until it's time to return to school!!

Y'all know.....the first day of school is cuh-razy!!!!!!!

It's so hectic, we have an unofficial motto:

Get 'em here, Get 'em fed, Get 'em home!!

Today I want to talk to you about the Get 'em home part......

......and that includes.....



During the first week at my school, dismissal is one of THE most hectic times!

We are a K-2 school, with over 700 students, and a lot of times we 

have tons of changes in how a kid goes home.



It seems to happen yearly, there will be some form of miscommunication,

and a child is sent home the wrong way on the first day of school.

I've had this experience a few times, and let me tell you, it's not

pleasant at all!!!

A few years ago, I had a child whose mode of transportation was changed

several times over the first week......

.......and then it happened......

I sent him home the WRONG WAY!!!!!!

I was so worried, especially when you're trying to find out

where they are.....and then you have to apologize to the parents....

and reassure them that you really are a great teacher, and that

you will take care of their child!


Luckily, this hasn't happened to me in the past couple of years,

because I take meticulous notes, and I check, double-check and 

triple-check how they're going home!!


I've wanted to update my system for keeping track of it,

so I created a few freebie sheets to make it even easier!

The first is the How We Go Home sheet.


It keeps up with how they go home the first day,

and then AFTER the first day. 

(Y'all know, they like to pick their pumpkins up the 1st day!)


The next form is a transportation change form. 

Now, we do have agendas that parents can write in,

but I want to give them as many options as possible to 

get the information to me.

I plan to send a few sheets of this page home to every parent!


Last but not least, is the to-do list.

Everyday, especially that first week, you will get all

kinds of reminders, and last minute ones at that!

It's extremely helpful when you get last minute transportation changes,

things to do for the office, and just info that you need to

make sure that you don't forget!




and here for the To-Do List, or click on any of the pictures above!

Talk to you later!


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