Can You Guess What I’m Doing?

Hi everyone! Can you guess what I am doing the night before school starts? I’m sure MANY of you are doing the same thing. LAMINATING!!

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I have to be honest, the thought of laminating makes me tired. I really hate laminating. It’s not just the laminating that I hate…It’s the cutting, laminating, and cutting again that I hate!

I know there is a debate over cutting, laminating, and cutting vs. laminating and cutting. Unfortunately for me, I have found that cutting, laminating, and cutting works best and lasts longer.

BOOOOOOOO!!!

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So, it’s the night before school begins and here I am sitting on my floor laminating my reward coupons for my kiddos.
Do you use a reward, or treasure box in your classroom? I used one for years. Finally, I got fed up with looking for things that the kids would like and were not expensive. I would buy some little toys, only to have the toys fall apart quickly.

Last year I decided to throw away my treasure box. Instead, I started to use reward cards. It takes me a lot longer to get ready than the treasure box and my hands hurt by the end of the night, but the reward cards are so much better.

Last year I used the zebra themed reward cards to go along with my jungle theme.

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This year, I have a star theme so I decided to use my iphone reward cards. My kiddos are just going to love these!

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Do you hate cutting, laminating, and cutting as much as I do?

What is your favorite way to reward your kiddos? Do you have a treasure box or use reward cards?

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi,
Rachel

Back 2 School: Behavior Mangagement

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Hi everyone! Today I am linking up for the first week of Mrs. D’s Corner and Miss V’s Busy Bees’ Back 2 School Linky.

Today we are talking about behavior management. What teacher hasn’t struggled with behavior management at some point in his or her teaching career?

Have the nightmares started yet? You know the nightmare when you wake up screaming because your class is not listening or out of control.

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I remember being a first year teacher and of course, getting one of the worst classes in the school. Imagine being picked up and moved out of the way by a 2nd grader because you were interfering with their fist fight!! Uh huh, that was quite a year. That year I tried everything I had learned in college, everything that colleagues had suggested. I even tried bribery…that didn’t work either. But we all know that we just can’t give up. I plugged away until the class was somewhat manageable.

Thinking back on my first year, I cringe. I have learned so much through the years about classroom management.

Here are some helpful hints:

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1. One of the most important tips is to set up your rules and routines on the very first day of school. Your kids need to know what is expected and how the day will go. Start by showing students how they will enter the room each morning, go through where students are to put their things, how to line up, go over where the materials are, your job chart, and being called to a meeting area (if you have one.) Remind students how they are to walk in the halls (I’m sure they will have forgotten! 🙂 )

Make a list or plan of your rules and classroom routines so that you don’t forget any! Review the rules and routines constantly until the students know that you mean business. Often times, you will hear a teacher say, “But I went over the rules and we went through the routine. They just don’t get it.” If you don’t constantly reinforce the rules and routines, the kids will walk all over you.

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2. Do not try to be your students’ friend. Don’t get me wrong, I love my students. I joke around with them and we talk about lots of things but there has to be some type of boundaries. I have seen many teachers crash and burn because they want to be seen as “cool” or want to be their students’ friend (Ladies and gents, the same things goes for parents who want to be their child’s friend!!)

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3. Highlighting the positive that you see instead of the negative. Sometimes I don’t even say names, I say something like…”Wow! Someone wearing the color orange is doing a great job on line.” It’s great. All the kids look down to see what color they are wearing. Sometimes I choose something to say that many of the kids have in common, like…”Someone with the letter A in their name is doing awesome in class today.” The whole class sits up straighter. They are just so stinking cute!
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4. BE CONSISTENT!!! I can not say this loud enough. You need to be consistent throughout the entire year. If the answer is no to Johnny, then it should be no to Suzy.

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5. Develop “The Teacher Look.” Come on…you all know the look that I mean. the “look” that stops students (and husbands) dead in their tracks. The look that says, “Oh no you didn’t, you better stop that now!!” I love that look. The teacher look can silence a whole class in a matter of seconds.

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6. Stickers, pencils, and erasers go a long way. (I don’t consider that bribery. Do you?)

Are you still here? Sorry I am talking your ears off. 🙂

I’ve tried many different approaches to behavior management over the years. To be honest with you, different things work with different classes. I started using the Clip Chart about two years ago and my kids loved it. I was really surprised and I know that there are many articles against clip charts. But I say, you have to what you feel comfortable doing. I give my kids a warning (or two) before their clip has to be moved down and I have my kids move their clips up more often.

Last year I started to use my Robot Clip Chart Behavior Management System. I only used it for about month, before school ended. So this year I am starting in September. Both my kids and parents responded well to it. I also stopped using a prize box last year and started using reward cards.

Here is a quick view of the management system.
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I also send a home a weekly report with the students for the parents to sign. Students have a monthly behavior calendar that is used during the month. Each day, the student colors in the color that corresponds to his or her place on the clip chart. At the end of the month, we review the monthly behavior chart and students quickly see how they did during the month. This lends itself to a great graphing activity “How Was I This Month?”

For students who struggle with behavior, they complete a behavior goal sheet.

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The Clip Chart Behavior Management System and all of the reward cards will be 20% until Friday, July 18th.

You can check out the reward cards by clicking here.

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi. I would love to know what hints or tips you would give others about classroom management. Click the picture below to head back to Mrs. D’s Corner to read what others have to say about behavior management.

Rachel

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Summer Stock Up!

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Hi everyone. I’m so glad you stopped by our Stock Up Event put together by Amanda at Primary Gal. I can not begin to tell you how fabulous she is.

Let’s be honest, WE LOVE SUMMER VACATION! Yes we miss our kids but we so need to recharge our batteries and yes, we deserve the break. But what teacher do you know who actually takes the summer off?? Maybe you take a few weeks off to relax, visit friends and family, or go on vacation. Me, I am going to Idaho to visit my brother and his family. I haven’t seen them in 3 years.

I think teachers are always thinking about getting ready for the next year. I haven’t even finished this school year yet (4 days left 🙁 ) and I am thinking about how I want to change my room, what room theme I want to use, how to organize my desks, changing my math routines, or incorporating morning math stretches.

This Summer Stock Up is for you! Start your year with an interactive notebook on living things.

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Flashback…
My kids were starting to get a glazed look in their eyes during science, which is so not my favorite subject. You know that look…the glazed over, this is so boring look you get from your kids somedays.

So, I decided to try something new. I decided to try to make an interactive notebook for my kids. I walked into class the following week with interactive notebook pages. My kids were like, “What’s that?” After giving them out and SLOWLY going over how to cut and fold the pages, the kids went straight to work. They were super excited and TADA…the glazed look was gone!

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My kiddos worked hard on these pages of the Living Things Interactive Notebook. They loved it and so did I!
Click the picture below to check out the Living and Non-Living Interactive Notebook.
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What is a Summer Stock Up without stocking up on what you really need for the beginning of the year. One of the first things I work on is my behavior management system. I have tried all different ways over my 16 years in the classroom. But I have found that the Clip Chart has worked the best for me.

I started using the clip chart a few years ago, but I needed more. Last year, I came up with this clip chart behavior management system. I updated it with a robot theme from Krista Wallden. I love all of her clip art.

Here is a quick view of the management system.
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First of all, there is the clip chart. I don’t have a picture of it in action but here is a picture.
Sorry it’s not the greatest picture.
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My kiddos love the individual incentive charts! They get so excited when they get a sticker on their chart. I use the incentive charts for reading logs and homework also. (I love multi-use items :))

There are two different versions of the individual incentive charts.
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I also send a home a weekly report with the students for the parents to sign. Students also have a monthly behavior calendar that is used during the month. Each day, the student colors in the color that corresponds to his or her place on the clip chart. At the end of the month, we review the monthly behavior chart and students quickly see how they did during the month. This lends itself to a great graphing activity “How Was I This Month?”

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Another aspect of the clip art management system that I use is the My Behavior Goals Plan. The student writes down his or her 2 behavior goals for the week and how they plan on reaching that goal. Each day the student gets a check or an X to show if they met that goal. Sometimes I also use happy or sad faces.

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If you want to check out the full product, click the cover below.
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In addition, I use Robot Reward Cards with my kiddos. Goodbye expensive treasure box, hello much cheaper reward cards. Imagine my surprise when the most popular reward card was bring in a stuffed animal. 🙂
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The Clip Chart Behavior Management System, all of the reward cards, and the Living Things Interactive Notebook are 20% until Sunday.

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Thanks for stopping by and saying hi! Stop by my facebook page tomorrow (Saturday, June 21st to grab some freebies!)
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