1. Establish a gathering place for brain and body breaks.
I have a large carpet at the front of my room where we gather as a whole class. I don’t have a cute name for it, but since I’m doing a dog theme, maybe I should call it the dog park or something? I’ll have to work on a name.
2. Developing the concept of 'good fit' books.
I loved the shoe lesson presented in this chapter, where they talked about different shoes and whether or not they fit and what purpose they serve. I definitely want to bring in a bag of shoes to teach good fit books. I’ve also seen cute lessons with Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I think anything kids can relate to is going to make the idea concrete to them.
3. Create anchor charts with students.
This I’m pretty good at. We make anchor charts for everything in my room. I do need to get a little more creative with where to hang stuff as we often start running out of room!
4. Short, repeated intervals of independent practice and setting up book boxes.
I have these boxes from Lakeshore Learning courtesy of donors choose:
I think they will work perfect for book boxes. At the beginning of the year I like to let them browse and choose books that interest them, since most can’t read at that point anyways. Once we finish assessments, begin reading groups, and have our good fit lesson I’ll have them start picking good fit books to put in them.
5. Calm signals and check in procedures.
I definitely need to figure something out for calm signals, I’ve been eyeing the music wands and might have to order one. Right now I just have my bell. My students turn in their work in a large pocket chart made to hold file folders. Each child has a file folder their finished work goes into for me to check.
6. Using the correct model/incorrect model approach for demonstrating appropriate behaviors.
Love, love, love this. I always model the right way, but I think having a “challenging” child demonstrate the wrong way and then the right way can really help nip inappropriate behaviors in the bud. It still gives those kids the attention they are seeking, but in a positive way.
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Next week we will be heading to Mrs. Miner's for Chapter 4!