By the second week of school the class was tired. The novelty of the first week had worn off and the sleep deprivation from starting school at 7:30 am had set in. Lets just say....they were not very energetic. They were not following directions quickly or responding appropriately.
My first line of defense is the scoreboard. It is an amazing tool. According to the +/- 3 rule, neither side should ever be too far ahead so as to maintain the anticipation. There are some days, like I had last week, where I could have easily had 3 happy points vs. 15 frownie points. However, I realized that it was important for me to keep the +/- 3 because...
- it forced me to look for and celebrate positive behaviors.
- when we were 3 frownie points ahead it gave me a big reminder to STOP and PRACTICE. Continuing to add to the frownie points wouldn't be very effective. The class needed time to focus on procedures.
- it has the ability to bring amazing energy to the classroom! Maintain a fast paced volley between Oh Yeah! and the Might Groan and it draws the stragglers in.
Here is a little look at my scoreboard- its not pretty, but it serves its purpose and gets plenty of use!
Here are some ways that we practiced:
- We reviewed proper procedures using Mirror. (You should have seen my "How to wash your hands" lesson! We mirrored, taught, non-exampled, exampled, and then actually practiced at the sink!)
- Students taught their partner procedures using Teach-Ok. (They told their partner many times what to do when the teacher says "Class".)
- We pretended in order to offer practice opportunities. (Pretend to talk to your partner....."Class, class, class!"...."Yes, yes, yes!")
- We did things over, and over, and over again. ("Page 32....I don't hear any voices, we need to practice again! Page 32." "Page 32, page 32, page 32," as they open their books quickly.)
- Students modeled the wrong way and the right way.
Check back soon! I can't wait to tell you more about our new line up procedures and the Universal Homework Model!
WBT Intern, 2011-12