Thursday, July 28, 2016

Getting Ready for Back to School (FREEBIE)

Hi everyone! I head back to school next week (without kids, thankfully) so I've been thinking about getting myself organized. If you know me, this is kind of a joke because I am really not an organized person. But I think it's crucial to be organized for back to school.

One thing that I've been doing is getting some of my items printed and ready to hang in my classroom. My district has decided that we can no longer print in color so I'm just printing my color things at home. This year is going to call for lots of Astrobrights paper since I think color makes papers stand out to parents.

I went ahead and redid my arrival and dismissal procedure charts. These are probably my favorite thing in my room because my kiddos rely on them so much. Even in March, there are kiddos that just can't remember what to do in the morning or what they do after they get their backpack in the afternoon. It's always puzzled me why they can't remember but I decided to just solve the problem instead of letting it irritate me.

I've also been getting my teacher planner organized. I got the Happy Teacher planner from Create 365. I've been a fan of their regular Happy planner for a while. The teacher planner just makes me happy.

I've made these labels a freebie for you. Just cut them out and use double-sided tape to attach them. You can move them from week to week or print out multiple copies.
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My school sends postcards to our kiddos to introduce ourselves to them before the first day. I found some great postcards on Erin Condren.  You can add your picture and a message to the back for free. Saves so much time!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Teaching Expectations in Your Classroom

It's almost time for heading back to school. (I go back next Monday!) 

Have you thought about the expectations that you want to teach in the classroom? I've been reading "Teaching with Poverty in Mind" by Eric Jensen and it's really challenged the way that I think about poor behaviors.

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I've always thought that kids should know how to act before they come to my classroom and it's just not happening anymore. Instead of complaining about the lack of discipline at home, I need to refocus on how I can change the problem. 

So the biggest question is how do you teach your expectations? I believe in being consistent and timely. Here's a model that you can follow when teaching procedures.

So let's go over each step.
(1) Tell - Tell the kids what you expect of them. If it's no talking in the bathroom, let them know.
(2) Show - Model the expectation behavior.
(3) Practice - Have the kids practice the correct behavior. Practice often.
(4) Feedback - Give feedback on how the kids need and what they need to do better next time.
(5) Reteach as needed. After long breaks, you will need to reteach. When kids are acting up, reteach. 

If you are looking for some more help with setting those expectations, check out this website. I heard Amie Dean speak this summer and she was amazing. She has wonderful ideas for stopping those behaviors that interrupt your teaching and making your life easier.

How do you feel about teaching expectations? What questions do you have about teaching expectations?