Happy Classroom Management Monday everyone! Today we are talking about our after lunch and recess routines! Do you have a set thing you do? I am going to make this short and sweet and tell you about my routines and why they reset us all and prepared us for the rest of the day. After Lunch and Recess Routines While you would think lunch and recess would wear kiddos out, it usually does just the opposite. They're wound up and want to keep playing. Can you blame them? The fact of the matter for us was that we needed to get back to our day and the wildness that recess and lunch brought, kind of eliminated our productivity. I knew we needed a change. I … [Read more...] about After Lunch and Recess Routines
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I have such a fun post lined up this week. I often get questions on what teachers should buy for their classroom so today I created a list of some of my TOP Classroom Management Must Haves and all of them are from Amazon! Because it doesn't get much easier than buying from Amazon! This post contains affiliate links. Thank you so much for supporting my website! Anchor Chart Tablets and Markers Anchor Charts has always been one of my favorite learning tools. They were fun to create with the class and always were a great reference point in whatever we were learning! Large Tablet paper, especially the sticky kind, is the perfect tool to build … [Read more...] about Classroom Management Must Haves from Amazon
This week we NEED to talk about parent contact. While student connections are oh-so important, do you ever stop and think about making connections with the parents too? Parents need the connections too I learned pretty quickly that it is essential that you communicate with parents. For me, just chatting at the pick up line seemed okay my first couple years, but after getting fed up with being bombarded with emails and phone calls made me reevaluate what I was doing. Sure, I was sending home quick notes that our school would mass produce that let parents know important events coming up but they weren't effective. Bottom line is that parents weren't … [Read more...] about Parent Contact Made Easy!!!
Happy Classroom Management Monday friends!!! This Monday I am so excited to share with you something I have been working very hard on. I have created a Classroom Management Guidebook just for you. As much as it pains me to say it, the new school year is inching closer. While I know you are probably soaking up every bit of relaxation you can get, it is important to start thinking about some sort of plan for next year. I used to fly by the seat of my pants when I first started teaching and for the most part, it worked okay for me. That was until I got a class of students who REALLY needed some structure. That ended up being the worst year I have … [Read more...] about The Classroom Management Guidebook
How could changing the lighting in your classroom help with behavior?! Well, as you may know, I spent an entire summer researching ways to dramatically improve my behavior management plan after a truly horrible year. With this research, a topic kept coming up that I knew would - an influx of students with autism. I saw a couple of articles that stated since the spectrum was so large, we sometimes aren't certain whether a child is on it until later or maybe not even find out at all. If these students are on it, little triggers can agitate them. And the biggest agitator could be THE LIGHTING IN YOUR CLASSROOM! It was something I knew I had to … [Read more...] about Changing the Lighting in Your Classroom
Now, we have discussed behavior charts... do you use them in your classroom? Like I mentioned before, I am a bit impartial to them. I don't think you HAVE to have them, nor do I think you HAVE to take them down. I think you need to do what is best for your students. For the past five years, whether my behavior chart was up or down, I have always used Behavior Calendars. What are behavior calendars? They are something I created to get rid of the charts I was filling out daily. When I started teaching, my principal at the time had us send home daily updates on behavior to the parents because our district was BIG on parent … [Read more...] about Using Behavior Calendars In Your Classroom