Two weeks in and I am so glad that I decided to finally return to the classroom. I was a little worried about my students prior to meeting them, I heard some stories. I don’t want to jinx it but they are a fantastic group of kids!!!
I give credit to many things that have helped me manage my classroom, especially….
Whole Brain Teaching
I was a little skeptical at first thinking I would have some trouble getting the kids to buy into this. However, this is not the case at all. The kids love it and I am seeing amazing results. They are following the rules, remembering the rules, and motivated by the scoreboard. It really is amazing to see them at work. I used the rules posters from Stephanie over at Third Grade Thoughts on her TPT store. I love the graphics, and they look great up on the wall.
Another strategy I use…
- Hands Up
- Line Up
- Lunch Break
- Empty Hands
- Quiet Work
Once or twice a day student’s stand up and nominate their classmates for being leaders in these areas. Nominated students receive tickets that they enter for our monthly prize draw. I am the ultimate decision maker if the student nominated gets the ticket. However, I have not had to deny students tickets they have denied themselves tickets if they don’t think that they deserve this. How awesome is that!!! They are so honest to say no I don’t deserve this ticket I wasn’t a good example of that behaviour today. This makes me so proud of them as their teacher.