Happy Monday friends! Let's talk about sharing. It comes at a perfect time because there is a post that is going a bit viral right now. Have you read it? If not, you can HERE. In short, it is from a mom who is frustrated with how sharing is expected and taught. I have to tell ya though, I agree with her 100%. Sharing Today You often hear everyone telling their children or students, "you need to share!" While this is true, how far are we taking it? During learning centers, if there was blocks, math manipulatives, or some other item involved, I would always get kids running up to me tattling "___ won't share the big block." Or even "___ … [Read more...] about Sharing – Classroom Management Monday
Brain Breaks: they're nothing new but again, one of those oh-so-powerful tools that some of use might be missing out on. It is also a topic that needs a lot more discussion in the future. Let's just scratch the surface today. What are brain breaks? Just in case you didn't know, they a very quick break in between lessons (or sometimes during a lesson!) that get your students's brains a chance to reset a bit. Think about yourself: if you are studying, reading intense material, or focused on something that takes a lot of your mental energy, you find yourself needing a break. You usually get up and get a cup of coffee, a snack, or anything that … [Read more...] about Brain Breaks – Classroom Management Monday
Happy Monday friends! For today's classroom management Monday I am going to be talking a little bit about PBIS. It is something that I think every school should have and implement because when done well, it can really do great things for your school. So, what is it? PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Support. It is a school-wide adoption that is supposed to give support to teachers and students when needed. It is also there so that everyone is on the same level when it comes to dealing with behavior. Ideally, students will know the exact consequences to actions no matter where they are … [Read more...] about PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention & Support) – What it is it and how can it help?
This one seems like one of those super simple statements that just gets tossed around. Well, guess what? It is and there is a reason for it: it works. What phrase am I talking about? Positive Learning Environment By now we have all heard about the benefits of a positive learning environment. With that being said, I am going to get into some of the stuff that I believe in that might not sit well with some: I don't agree with the "everyone is a winner for participating" era happening right now. I believe in tough love... AND I believe in showing love. Now before you get too upset, allow me to explain. I think it is great that we celebrate … [Read more...] about Celebrating Each Other for a More Positive Environment
Happy Monday friends! Today's topic is ALL about aromatherapy for behavior in the classroom. About 10 years ago I received my first training on aromatherapy. I worked at Bath and Body Works and we sold essential oils at the time. We had a whole chart on which oils work to help aid in various parts of health. This ranged from stomach aches to behavioral issues. This was SO interesting to me! I thought it was so fascinating that certain scents could affect us in such a powerful way. And you know what? I was totally on board. I know scents affect me. Vanilla totally relaxes me, a good Fall scent brings me ALL the happy vibes, and fruity … [Read more...] about Aromatherapy for Behavior – Classroom Management Monday
I hope your Spring Break went well! If you are anything like me, you went home with a pile of stuff that needed attention. You were so happy that you had a WHOLE week to get it done and get totally organized and READY for the final stretch of school. Fast forward to the Sunday before returning and you are scrambling to just get your lesson plans together.... oops! Well more than likely, your students didn't give school a second thought either. So usually the week back can be a little.... hectic? messy? frustrating? You pick the adjective. So here are some tips for returning from spring break. This will make the first week or two back a little … [Read more...] about Tips for Returning from Spring Break – Classroom Management Monday #4