Anyhoo.....on to the linkys! I LOVE linky parties, and really, summer is the best time for them.With not a whole lot going on in the classroom (or none at all as it may be...), these are a perfect way to share ideas & connect with other bloggers for some inspiration.
So..that all being said, I'm linking up with The Applicious Teacher for her An Apple A Day Linky with a focus on Classroom Management....
Warning...this is a LONG post...but SO worth it! :)
Just Reed for her Ten Pin Linky for Classroom Management, too.
Ok... as for MY classroom management...
At my school, we have to follow our school-wide discipline plan, so everything has to follow a green - yellow - orange - red plan. I've been using this for years, and my kids really respond to it.
My theme is frogs & lots of polka dots ...and now chevron (even though I'm moving away from SO many frogs and into more of a color scheme...anyway, I digress). So, to keep with the frog and dot theme of things, I do this...
Each child has a frog with his or her name on it . Naturally, they're green, so everyone starts on green. :)
That morning, during story time, Ferdinand is rolling around on the floor and trying to talk to his friends while they are listening. The teacher warns him and asks him to stop but he just keeps playing. The next thing he knows... POP.!!! He looks down and there's a GIANT yellow freckle on his arm!
This is where I explain to the children that on their first offense, they must put a yellow freckle on their frog, which equals 5 minutes out of recess.
Anyway, the story goes on to tell about Ferdinand pushing, running, and breaking other school & classroom rules. Each time, he hears a POP! and gets another freckle.
Second offense is orange & equals a time out in the classroom and 10 minutes out of recess.
Next is red, which equals a time out in another classroom, a phone call home & NO recess.
For management, every child has a behavior calendar in their homework folder.
I use the sticker dots to put on the calendar should a child move a freckle. If it is blank, it means a GREAT DAY!! This saves me time because I only have to put stickers/freckles in folders for children who need them.Those who have had a great day just take it home.
1 - Not following directions
2- Talking out of turn
3- Not using kind words
4- Not using kind actions
etc.... You get the point :)
The parents initial each night & if there is a problem that needs further explanation, I use the notebook paper in my homework folders for correspondence.
Anyway, that's it!! It sounds or looks complicated, but it's super easy to manage, so I stick with it!
Oh, and this year, I plan on adding SILVER, PURPLE and PINK CROWNS to mimic the cute clip charts everyone has...for going above and beyond the normal classroom rules :) I will put THOSE colors on overachiever's calendars and they will get a reward...of some sort... which leads me to the NEXT linky....
*click the pictures for the original source, please*
Oh, and my pins are about a variety of Classroom Management - anything that makes my day run smoothly is management at its best ! :)
1. Chevron AND positive reinforcement... Right now, my school just follows the bottom half of the board - green, yellow, orange, and red. With all the bloggers I've been reading about that do positive reinforcement DAILY and CONSISTENTLY with such success, I want to give this a try! I'll have to change the colors a little, but it's perfection to me! Thanks to A Cupcake for the Teacher for the inspiration...
3. The Mini-Clip Chart... GENIUS!
4. PENCIL FLAGS! Part of classroom management is managing all those supplies...
"I lost my pencil"... "Timmy stole my pencil"... you know the drill. Enter these beauties...
5. Quiet Critters! Just a little incentive for those kids working extra hard at working QUIETLY! Mmm... don't you just love the sound of that???
6. Hand Sanitizer CONTROL!
In my room, my hand sanitizer serves 2 purposes...1) clean hands and 2) bathroom passes....
But...and this is a BIG BUT...how many first graders do you know that only get a LITTLE pump? Yeah, me either...
Then, I found this...
LOVE! Perfect for my already-in-place system, but it saves the sanitizer! Yipppee!
7. Mystery Walker... So you can
You choose a name and they are the MYSTERY WALKER in the hallway. If that kid follows all the hallways rules, there is a reward. If not, the name goes back in the tin and no one is the wiser! :)
8. Tattle Sticks & Warm Fuzzies
In my room, I have tattle sticks... little sticks that look like people with magnets on the back (yeah, it's super complicated! haha)
I need a cute idea for a warm fuzzy jar & I found this one.... LOVE.
This blogger even has templates for you FREE! Anyway, when the jar fills up, we get a class party! Yay! :) So happy I found the cute jar inspiration..can't wait to make it !
9. Noise Meter...
Self explanatory, but such a great idea. There are just so many times in the room where a different noise level is expected. I love the visual for the kids. :)
10. FREE Classroom Calendars to follow the Clip Chart system.... Um, yes please?
I did find them on Pinterest, but thought you'd want to go DIRECTLY to the awesome-ness :)
Okay, friends, I think I've blogged enough...
Thanks for sticking through me through this SUPER LONG post, but I hope you got some great ideas.. now head on over & link up.. I wanna see what YOU found! :)