So last summer I wanted to shake up my classroom management.
Over the last ten years I have tried it all
- classroom economy
- clip charts
- whole brain teaching
- And was even briefly introduced to collaborative problem solving.
All of these have worked to some extent for me. This is especially true with whole brain teaching. This fit my teaching style pretty well.
But with time I began to change a few things and adapt my strategies. I still love the rules of WBT, but do need a bit more flexibility to target specific areas of need for my class. I also love the reinforcement of desired or expected behaviour without the focus on the negative. WBT uses cues to reinforce positive expected behaviour for the whole class instead of focusing on the negative. It also has the element of a game and a team which I also really liked.
Collaborative problem solving for me had and has some pitfalls. Full disclosure I have not had time to read the books here but hear they are wonderful and well worth the read…I have 3 kids under 7 reading a book is a difficult task at the moment but it is on my ever growing to do list. However in the research j have done it has a lot of merit. I like the idea of having proactive discussions with students about barriers to their success.
So since nothing fit, I put together one that would.
So the KUDOS CLUB was born
This behaviour management program has your whole class working together to earn points for the group all while avoiding giving their points away to Count Snaagit.
When the full their points board (silver oval in the middle) they unlock an achievement.
Those achievements are prizes that are meaningful to your students.
Points are earned when students work together to show the target behaviours.
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The Canadian Physical Regions and Government Unit
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his is a unit that is designed for a split grade classroom for Grade 4 and 5 students.
These activities align with the new revised curriculum. Much of the focus in the new curriculum is inquiry based teaching and learning. This unit will give students both the basic understanding and background needed for further inquiry as well as scaffolded inquiry activites.
There are two components
Teacher Directed Lessons
Although the focus in the new curriculum is on inquiry there is still a place for direct instruction. This unit is balanced between direct instruction and inquiry learning. Using a variety of lesson formats, teaching styles, and student activities the direct instruction component of this unit will help to give students the basis for understanding the complexities of their inquiry project. Lessons include shared/independent reading, student case study, discussions, task cards, game boards, video links, online links for flipped classrooms, and student reflections.
Students are more engaged in learning if they buy into what they are learning about. Through an inquiry booklet that has components geared specifically for this unit but can also be used for other inquiry studies. Students begin to explore environmental issues in Canada. Students are guided to discover a topic of interest through an interest inventory. Then are given some suggestions that relate to their various interests. With the other corresponding pages the inquiry process is scaffolded to help you guide students through their inquiry.
This unit also works well with these resources in my TPT store.
Use the vocabulary from this unit with my Character Traits Literacy Series of Lessons. Or with my upcoming Character Traits Unit: Respect.
Check out how to piece all components together on my Long Range plans
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