Make a classroom elf of your own, or use this as an individual behavior modification technique and have each child make one. The body is made out of a decorative lunch bag. Children add tally marks for staying focused, completing tasks, behaving etc.
If you're decorating with an owl theme, or just love owls, I think you'll enjoy this classroom management tip. Being "fair" and getting your turn, is extremely important to young children. You may think you know that Kelli had a turn, but let's face it we all can't remember everything. By making these, there will be no arguments. The proof is in the can. Remind students NOT to play with the cans or take the sticks out.
A nice reminder to students of the true value of real friends. This poster makes a great writing prompt: What does the poster mean? Do you agree with the poster? Why or why not? Is this good advice?
A "makes your think" poster that can be used as a writing prompt. "Is this advice true? Good? Why or why not? How can changing places with someone help you understand them better?"
1-2-3 Come Learn Some Hand Signals With Me and Take Control of Interruptions!
Ask any teacher what their students' most frequently asked question is and "Can I go to the bathroom?" will be in the top 3. "Can I get a drink?" and "Can I sharpen my pencil?" Will be right up there as well.
If their question was grammatically incorrect, as with the above use of "can", to help teach appropriate grammar, I'd often reply: "Yes you CAN, but NO, you MAY not." I'd explain this from the beginning and pretty soon all of my students were learning the proper use of the word "may".
Young children, simply being kids, are often interrupting. An obvious remedy to this problem is enforcing the raising of hands. Because this is easily understood, I thought I'd take it a step farther.
If you want to go to the bathroom you make a fist and stick out your thumb. Displaying a specific number of fingers, to signal a need, has been around since I was a child, however, instead of putting up 1 finger, I found it especially helpful, to do the "fist and thumb" for a bathroom request, simply because my Y5's were often raising and waving their hands, but never with a fist. I could then see at a glance, who needed immediate attention.
This technique is so simple, yet really works. Start out by teaching the concept on the 1st day of school. Choose one of the posters, print several copies, laminate, and hang up in several "sure to be seen" places in your room, and then practice a bit.
The hand signals are especially helpful when you are explaining something. No need for a child to raise their hand and state their need out loud. They just put up a hand signal; you make eye contact with that student and nod yes or no. This also avoids children getting out of their seats to ask you, and lessens "copy cats." Have you ever noticed how many kiddo's all of a sudden need to do something, just because one child got the ball rolling?
Some teachers add "Get a tissue" as another signal, but I feel if you need a Kleenex, because you just sneezed and snot is running down your face, no need to hesitate, just go get one and take care of business. I let students know from day one, that they could get a tissue whenever the need arose, and then follow up with a squirt of hand sanitizer shortly after. In all of my years of teaching, no one ever abused the privilege.
Click on the link to view/download the Signal Me anchor chart-poster, and let the training begin! I've also designed a few more classroom posters for back-to-school week. To view the 2nd article I wrote for today, simply scroll down.
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Two posters to alleviate interuptions while you teach. If a child signals by displaying the appropriate number of fingers, you can tell at a glance what they want.
A sweet poster to help remind students that winning isn't everything. Simply participating and following through are extremely valuable life lessons.
Help your students practice correct letter formation with these trace and write alphabet sheets. One is for daily practice in school, and another is a note home to parents, so they can help their child too.
Make a quick and easy end-of-the year keepsake, by having your students write their name on the first day of school, and then again each month, through their last day of school.