Week 3 Thoughts: Multiple snow days in a row are wonderful, but are they worth the student craziness that ensues? EH ……
Hall Pass // “Where Are You?” Board
This might not work with more than two classes, but it is a great idea regardless.
I found this in a sixth grade classroom with a homeroom and two classes. This is simply a magnetic board that is sectioned off into four categories; bathroom, office, hallway, and other. Below has every students name laminated with a connected magnet. When a student takes the hall pass, he/she then moves his/her name to where he/she is going. This may seem tedious, but I have been in far too many situations where I forgot who I sent where or who I allowed to go to the bathroom, then realize I am missing a child for about ten minutes – not the highlight of my substitute teaching, but it happens! This alleviates students asking if they can go to the bathroom, because they too can see if it is already occupied or where the hall pass is located.
Losing Your Marbles
Using the jar of marbles method is a common classroom management tool. The basic concept is, when a class fills their job with marbles – they earn some sort of prize. Positive behavior is rewarded by adding marbles to the jar and negative behavior is discouraged by taking marbles away. One thing that this teacher added to this concept is if she counts down from 10 and the class is not silent, they lose all their marbles. It seems, harsh – but after one time, the class never has an issue with being quiet again.
So I was in a 6th grade classroom and they were getting kind of chatty after working so hard, independently on a few assignments. A student asked if they could take a FitBit Walk. I was super curious and asked what that was. He said that their teacher takes them on a walk around the building outside or inside as a class and then records their steps using her FitBit. HOW COOL?! Not only does it get students up and moving, but it encourages being active and records their steps to show progress. Super cool.
Teachers Have a Sense of Humor Too
This was found in a fifth grade classroom and it made me laugh. I think it is important for students to realize that you are a human being too, even if you sit behind a teacher’s desk. Some of these memes poke fun at what teachers do, which shows kids that you are approachable and can take a joke. Also, if you are poking fun at yourself, it takes away from students thinking about doing it.
Having a proud wall in your room could be good or bad depending on how it is used. Only putting 100% work on the Proud Wall might discourage students who think that is something they can never achieve. What a Proud Wall should be used for is student work that went above that student’s expectations, student work that was made specifically for you, etc. It is also important to be conscious of what students are shown on the wall and make sure everyone has been displayed equally.