Y’all- recognizing the positive is JUST as important, or even more important, than correcting the negative. You already know how I feel about consequences without teaching and debriefing afterwards.... but, if a student is improving, let’s let them know how awesome they are doing! Specific, positive reinforcement allll day long. “I love the way you walked to the carpet.” “Thank you for getting started working right away.” “I love how you are keeping your body in line while we are walking.” “WOW! Look at that awesome effort you put into your assignment.” It all adds up, I promise. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I created a system at my school of positive office referrals. If a student is really going above and beyond, they can get called to the “principals office” to be recognized for GOOD! Helps students build a relationship with staff while also showing them how awesome they are doing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It may not be the grandest room transformation ever, but my sophomores loved the little corner of my classroom that I transformed into a jungle!
We start our first novel next week, and I wanted to set the mood and get my students excited to read Lord of the Flies.
I used some leaves and vine I found on Amazon (last year, saved again for this year), and stapled them to the walls. The vine actually comes in quite handy when we try to make our way through the thick creepers.
As we begin our novel study, we are reading it survivor style. My students will be competing in teams as they make their way through the novel and complete a series of team challenges.
I always look forward to reading this novel with my students, and I really hope that my genuine enthusiasm shows!
You can check out my stories for the before and after picture. In my stories, I’m also linking a free Lord of the Flies intro activity and a post about how I run the challenges in my classroom!
This visual is important to highlight all of the important executive functioning skills we all use every single day!
Check the link in my profile to download this free visual as a poster!
Little Boo 🎃 is one of my favorite real alouds to practice retelling! It follows the pattern of a pumpkin life cycle (science connect 👻) so it’s a familiar text structure. The “somebody, wanted, but, so, then” strategy is perfect to keep their thoughts organized with including the major details. After I read, we retold the story using the strategy as a class. Students then had to try retelling in their own words. ...
This sign is a helpful reminder during class lessons and discussions. It takes the fear of not know the answer out of it for the students! I’ve seen huge growth in those students who shy away from talking and answering during this time! 🎤 ...
He’s out there! ❤️ The person that has been created just for you!
The person that just knows what’s going on and he doesn’t have to ask!
The person who looks at you and knows just how lucky he is!
The person that says one word and for some reason your laughing!
The person who knows how you act when you are STRESSED and decides he will love you anyway!
The one who makes you count your blessings and you count them twice because your afraid of loosing them!
Love is out there for everyone! You might not believe it, but it is!
You will know you have a special one when no matter what life throws your way, YOU STAND TOGETHER!
I love you! ❤️ Thank you for being one of the good ones 😘 Please always make me laugh! ...