Thursday, July 17, 2014

N is for No Excuses (ABCs of 2nd grade)

Today's post will be focusing on something you must have in your classroom no matter what grade, a No Excuses board. It has been really helpful for me in laying out my expectations for student work. 

Here is a picture of my No Excuses board in the classroom. (Please excuse the glare in the picture.)

 With the No Excuses board, I introduce the different cards slowly. When I see one of the kiddos not follow a rule on the No Excuses board, I direct their attention to the board and remind them of the rule. Eventually, my students started pointing these things out to each other. I love it when I hear one of them say, "There are no excuses for not writing your name on your paper."

I've made a freebie for you to download that includes these No Excuses cards, bulletin board header, a No Excuses card that students can keep in their desks, and editable cards too. Click on the picture above to head over to my Facebook page to download. You have to be a fan of my page to grab the freebie. 

Enjoy! Check out my next post on Organization.

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  1. Oh my gosh, I love this. I need this! Thank you!!

  2. I totally agree with all those! It kills me when second graders still write the word I without a capital!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

  3. This is such a great idea. I will put it near where the kids turn in their papers! Thank you.

  4. This is exactly what second graders don't do. I get so tired of no name papers. Thanks for sharing this. I want to put one on each of my student's desk.

  5. I love this idea! It is so frustrating when students do not apply the simple things that they KNOW. Thank you!!

    My Carolina Classroom

  6. This is an excellent idea! I will definitely be using this in my classroom this coming year. Thank you for the freebie!

    The Reinspired Teacher

  7. Great tip!! You did well to keep your list small in number...mine would be miles long! But, I will start with yours...second graders all over the world seem to be the same!

  8. Thank you for this! It is perfect.

  9. Love this idea! Perfect for the start of a new school year! Thank you :)
    Teaching in Paradise

  10. Talk about high expectations!!!! I LOOOOOOOOVE this. Seeing as how we are literally 45 minutes away from each other...we really should meet up one day!

    Loving the summer ABC's series. One of the best blog series I have ever read. You go girl!

    A Rocky Top Teacher

  11. I love this! These are all things we repeat over and over again. This is a great idea.

    Second Grade Sweetie Pies

  12. This is wonderful! I don't have a Facebook account though so I was wondering if you could possibly email me the freebie. It would be greatly appreciated! :) I follow you on Instagram if that helps!

    Thanks so much!

  13. These are great! Don't you just love when the simplest ideas are so perfect?! Thank you for sharing!

  14. is this still available to download? it's saying page not found when I click it :( I'm a fan of your fb page & I'd love to use this!

    1. No, it's still there. You have to access it on a computer. It won't work on your phone or tablet. That could be the problem you are having.


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