Guys, I had this grand plan for blogging a lot this summer, and sharing everything with you guys!! These 2 classes have been kicking my B-U-T-T!!!!! I am totally exhausted, plus getting ready for COMPS!!! I just tell myself that starting next week, there are just 3 more weeks, and then I'm finished!! I will be ecstatic! Then I can really dig into all of my upcoming plans for my classroom. So, my tagline for today is:
You know you're a teacher when you're mad that you can't think about your fantasy classroom in your head!
I really want to do all of the cute stuff I've pinned on Pinterest!
Ok, ch. 3, Daily Five. I really can't wait to implement this into my room. I ask myself is it even possible that I can pull this off successfully!
This is the part that truly scares me. As I moved to Kindergarten, I knew that I would be modeling more than I ever have before. Let's just say that I discovered that I didn't model anywhere near as much as I should have!!!! So, I've decided instead of doing busy work, and trying to quickly assess and put up stuff and all of that stuff that teachers do at the beginning, is going out of the window!! I think it is going to take 150% more than I knew that it would. However, I definitely think it will yield a better result in the end.
1. Establish a gathering place for brain and body breaks.
Ummmm.....I do have a place for this, we currently call it the mat! I think that I need to come up with a cool name for it. Hopefully that will encourage my kiddos to really enjoy meeting up front! Any ideas for cool names?? Going once, going twice..........
2. Developing the concept of "good fit" books.
I think I've got to take a good look at my books, and definitely set them up so that they're accessible to the students. I really like the example of bringing in different shoes and discussing their purpose with the students. It's really a great visual for our sweet kinders! I think that this was something that was missing with some of my students last year.
3. Create anchor charts with students
Luckily, my principal loves this kind of stuff, so I won't have a problem hanging these everywhere! She loves to see the children's learning, and I already have some great ideas in mind. I've learned that sometimes I can create the bare bones of it, and I let the kids help me with the meat and potatoes portion of it, so to speak!
4. Short, repeated intervals of independent practice and setting up book boxes
I have always had book buddies in my classroom, but having them and handing them to the kids on the first day is definitely a new one for me. You know how we teachers are about our books!!!!!!! It's not the reading backwards or upside down that worries me, it's our precious babies that haven't come in to contact with a book, and then they tear it up. ****SIGH**** I'm really trying to let go of this, and to remind myself that they have to learn, and that they are replaceable!!! I, Angela, do solemnly swear, to get over it!! There!
5. Calm Signals and check in procedures
I use Give Me Five a lot, and it has really been useful in all situations, whether we are in the classroom, or if there is an emergency. I will say that I have been thinking about incorporating cymbals into my classroom for a while now. Especially where different sounds mean different things. Hmmmm......food for thought.
6. Using the correct model/incorrect model approach for demonstrating appropriate behaviors.
My favorite part of this chapter talks about correcting students immediately, instead of allowing them to continue to practice the wrong behavior. I think by the time we do correct behavior, it has really become a habit, and we know how hard those are to break! I also like how they used the student who may be more likely to cut up, and had them to model the incorrect behavior, then model the correct behavior.
Whew! Scary, right?!?!? Let me know if you come up with a name for the mat area, lol!!!!!