I value every opportunity that I get to develop a classroom community of learners. By doing so, the learning environment is better, students learn conflict resolution skills, how to take responsibility for their actions, how to be kind and caring citizens, and to enjoy coming to school.
This page consists of a few of the activities that I do throughout the year and some of the management systems that I will set in place. I will blog more thoroughly throughout the year about these activities.
Our class rules:
- Listen when your teacher is talking.
- Follow directions quickly.
- Respect others, respect others, respect your school.
- Raise your hand to speak or stand.
- Be safe, be kind, be honest
“Ready to Learn” Superhero Behavior Chart:
Student planners’ will indicate your child’s behavior for the day. If a student violates a classroom rule after a verbal warning, they will be asked to place a color coded card in their slot on our pocket chart. If your child goes above expectations, they will get a red Wow card in their slot and you will know about that too and they will get a punch on their punch card. Once your child earns 10 or 20 punches, they can cash in for a prize. Students will start everyday fresh and I will always encourage positive behavior!
Super Hero Puzzle:
When students “Wow” me, get a compliment in the hallway, or they get a “10” from a specials teacher, they will get to pick a puzzle piece from our super cool Batman box to place on the board (magnet on the back of each piece). Once the puzzle is complete students can earn events like Fall Festival, picnic outdoors, or a movie day.
Calm Down Corner:
Students that get out of the “Just Right Zone” will be asked if they want to take some time to calm down in the Calm Down Corner. It is not a punishment corner. When a child needs time to regroup and use their calming strategies, this is the place to do it. This is a welcoming area with character building books, inspirational quotes, a mirror, a lamp, strategy posters, stress balls, and stuffed animals. When students are calm and ready, they are welcomed back to the learning environment.
WBT Score Board:
Bucket Fillers and Dippers:
This best-selling, 32-page picture book has become a basic teaching tool that encourages positive behavior as children see how very easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love on a daily basis.
As the pages turn, children learn the meaning of the terms, bucket filling and bucket dipping and discover that when they fill someone’s bucket, they fill their own. This popular book’s call to action is: Why not decide to be a bucket filler today and every day?
I encourage students to be bucket fillers by performing random acts of kindness or giving genuine compliments. When a child is the recipient, they can acknowledge the act by adding it to the chart below. Once the chart is filled, we’ll have a mini celebration by reading the acts aloud and allowing the giver to take it home!