Monday, January 29, 2018

It's National PUZZLE Day! Do YOU play GAMES??

GAMES!

Today is NATIONAL PUZZLE DAY!
Wahoo!
Fun times with friends.

Do  YOU play games in YOUR classroom?
I  HOPE  SO!

What a better way to practice academic skills & strategies.
The BEST way to learn social skills of sharing, taking turns, winning and losing.
AND..most importantly....
IT BUILDS YOUR CLASSROOM COMMUNITY!








I also have the children make their OWN games..
We play the "matching" game..A LOT!

Use spelling words, vocabulary words, math facts...whatever!
I give 1/2 the class 1 sheet of colored paper.
I give the other half  
1 sheet of colored paper, too 
BUT a different color!

We fold it into 8 rectangles.
EVERYONE writes the same words on their paper.
THEN...cut the cards apart!

When we are ready...find a partner
 WITH   DIFFERENT COLORED PAPER!

Turn over all of the cards. 
Pick one of YOURS,
 then choose one of your partners!

With different colored papers
...no mistaking whose is whose.

When game "time" ( set a timer ) is done
..pick up YOUR cards!
No mixing them up!

Take the cards HOME & PRACTICE!
Here WE ARE at WORK:




I hope you play games!
Have FUN!

Here are some MORE blog posts about
CLASSROOM  GAMES!

PLAY ON







Here are some games 
for YOUR classroom:










Check out my 
Pinterest board
for MORE fun GAMES!



Here is a FREE game..to ENJOY!




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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Coffee Anyone?

Coffee, Tea, Soda?

What is your "GO TO?"

ME?

COFFEE!!!


I am a TRUE Coffee LOVER!

I Love the smell of it, the taste of it, and 
the charge I get from it!

Not to mention...IT WAKES ME UP!




I am NOT a STARBUCKS fan.
I like it once in a while...but NOT my daily go to!

I LOVE MY COFFEE!
I make 1 whole coffee pot a day.
Hubby and I share it.

I even began roasting my own
green  coffee  beans!




Not in a commercial roasting machine.


I used an AIR POPCORN POPPER!

Here is how 
to roast coffee beans
 in an air popper!


So fun!
Try something new.
AND
ENJOY!

So to my coffee "BFF'S" ...DRINK UP!


ENJOY!


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Saturday, January 20, 2018

From Harry Wong to Angie Olson..HUH? Freebie,too! :)

Classroom Management.

I don't have my ducks in a row...but they are in the same pond...


I know.   I said it.

WAIT!  DON'T LEAVE!

Classroom Management isn't a BAD  thing!

It's how to create a CALM...so you can teach!

And isn't THAT our GOAL?

There are a GAZILLION places to learn how to do
classroom management. 

When I was beginning my career, 
HARRY  WONG
was the JEDI of Classroom Management!
Book on classroom management
It's a good read for ALL of us! 

After a trillion different management attempts,
 retries,
 changes, 
changes again..

I think I have found what works
FOR ME!

And it HAS to WORK ..

FOR YOU! 

What the teacher next door is using
maybe the best thing, 
"since sliced bread".

BUT

If it doesn't work FOR YOU,
it's USELESS!

So WHAT do I use?

Three step program.
(NO... not a 12 step program...ONLY 3)

As every primary teacher knows,

Consistency is the key to success.
Young kids like to know what is coming next.
They like to know " IF THIS...THEN THAT!"

And they keep ME on my toes!
And pulling my hair out!

yes, they make me crazy sometimes


So I start my school year with group points.
It lasts about a month.

After they figure out which "friend" is going to be a problem in THIER group...
points don't count.

I used to use "CLIP CHARTS".

Great kids move up.
Those who need more "attention" moved down.
I had a great visual 
of the "cans" and the "cannots".

Not for me.

And so began ..

MY  3  STEPS  to  MY  SANITY!

1. CLASS  DOJO
2. GOLDEN  TICKETS
3. BRAG TAGS

These 3 management strategies work for me.

If they help YOU...JUMP ON IN!

#1
CLASS  DOJO!
Class Dojo

Class Dojo for phone

* I am NOT receiving ANYTHING from DOJO...
I JUST  LOVE IT!

Class DOJO has allowed me 
to connect with
 students 
and  PARENTS
quickly and effectively!

Isn't that the point of classroom management?

To effectively 
"manage" a situation 
and correct it, 
or support it,
 immediately?

YES!

Dojo is an online program where each student has an avatar. They gain or lose points as they follow the positive or negative 
attributes that YOU set up.

I had a BIG problem with tardies.
8-10 kids tardy...daily.

One of my positive attributes is
ATTENDANCE  ON  TIME.

Every student gets a point for being in their seat, 
ready to work when the bell rings!

I am down to 2 tardies..average..daily.

FOR me?   Success!!!

Dojo also sends an automatic email to parents on FRIDAY, detailing their child's points for the week!

INSTANT PARENT NOTIFICATIONS
..and I didn't have to do ANYTHING!  :)

AND...

After parents have signed up for texts 
THAT IS THE HARD PART...GETTING THEM TO SIGN UP
(I AM RELENTLESS...I BUG THEM OVER & OVER)

I can text them at a moments notice.
AND I DO!
I also do class messages and send pictures.

I am just learning DOJO, too.

#lifelessons   #newtechtolearn

#2 Golden Tickets


THIS IS MY "GO TO"  PROGRAM!

IT WORKS LIKE A CHARM!

Simple.

Run a copy of Tickets on YELLOW OR GOLD PAPER.
CUT UP into tickets.
Keep in a box.

Golden Tickets for classroom management


Kids earn them for ANY positive interaction, action, or reaction.

Help a friend? TICKET!
Pick up the floor? Ticket!
Say kind words? Ticket!
A friend helped YOU?  Give them a TICKET!

And so MY STUDENTS start looking 
and listening 
for ways to give positive feedback
  tickets,
 to each other.


They have to tell their classmate what

they SAW or HEARD
 that earned their ticket! 
 SO  engaging!

After they get their ticket,
they write their name on the back.
No...sticky fingers.

Twice a week we COUNT tickets.

If they have 10
they can choose 
their reward!

I am NOT spending ANY  $$$$$$
on rewards!

NO need to!

Here are there rewards...


Posted rewards for golden tickets. Classroom management
 Reward CHOICES:

Tech Time ...15 minutes on the ipads!
They can choose whatever app they want!

Friendly Lunch..ALL TIME FAVORITE:
I purchased 8 plastic placemats - 4 sets of 2
They choose 1 friend to give a placemat to, and they sit next to each other at lunch in the cafeteria, and eat lunch with their placemat and their friend. AFTER lunch, they sanitize the placemat, and put it in the office so I can pick them up after lunch.

ROYALTY for A DAY..
Students can choose to WEAR A CROWN, and be KING____ or QUEEN _____  for a day. The crowns?  BULLETIN BOARD borders I have
  used, scrounged, saved, begged for from others, 
on hand. Measure, staple, VOILA..instant CROWN!
Wear it, take it home. I DO staple a golden ticket to the front. EVERYONE will ask WHY DID YOU GET THE CROWN?
They can explain about GOLDEN TICKETS.

Teacher chair:
They get one of my BIG SQUISHY chairs at their desk for a day. They will spin, moved, be tall, and LOVE their BIG chair.

SWIP  SWAP:
Change desks with a partner FOR A DAY!
Use their books & stuff and THEY use YOURS!
Must clean each others desk 
( put things back better than they were 
when YOU got there..) 
at the end of the day.

FREE Homework PASS!
NO homework for 1 night!
I write a note and put it in the HW folder so parent's know.

FLUFFY  FRIEND:
They can bring a stuffed animal to school for 1 day.
Sits on their desk, works in teh classroom, cannot go outside.
If kids don't have one..they can choose 1 of mine.

LINE Jumper:
First graders LOVE to "cut in line". The LINE JUMPER can cut in line ANYWHERE they want, for 1day. They MUST tell the person behind them..."Excuse me, I am a LINE JUMPER!"
(You can NEVER step in front of someone
 without using the words EXCUSE ME
..and tell them WHY!)
#manners

Here we are in action.

Student on ipad for golden tickets rewards.

Golden tickets rewards.

Golden Ticket's reward.

Golden Tickets reward.

Stuffed animal as fluffy friends.

LONG POST...  sorry

#3
BRAG  TAGS!

We LOVE BRAG TAGS!
Many THANKS to
Lucky Little Learners


Brag tags necklaces on the wall.
We started using the LINK necklaces for Brag tags.
TOO HARD to OPEN for our little fingers.
#toomanyforteacher

Drawers hold each set of brag tags.
BRAG TAG storage :)


Rings hold Brag tags.
Now we use RINGS instead of link chains.

Wear your BRAG TAG necklace home!
At the end of the MONTH, 
we take ALL of our Brag TAGS and BEADS
 OFF of our RINGS
and string them on a STRING.
Make a BRAG TAG necklace to WEAR HOME!
Most kids say they save them
 at home for the whole year!
Great HOME connection!

WHEW! Long post...SORRY.

I just want to give you all of the details so
YOU can choose 
what works for YOU!

Here are some other posts I have on
classroom management:


Get  YOUR Golden Tickets HERE:


For your time...
Here is a FREEBIE
from ME..to YOU!

Free POPCORN sort from 1stgradefireworks

So let me know...
What do YOU use for YOUR classroom MANAGEMENT?

Share your story in the comments.

I will choose 1 person this week
for a FREEBIE. 
I will choose from my comments!
Leave me your email! :)

ENJOY!



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Friday, January 19, 2018

NATIONAL POPCORN DAY! Butter or NO Butter?


IT'S  NATIONAL  POPCORN  DAY!!!

There is NOTHING  better...

How  do  YOU  like  it?

Do you like it microwaved?


"JIFFY"  Popped?
(We love to take this one camping.)


AIR POPPED????
(My go-to for Weight Watchers).


STOVE  POPPED???

MOVIE  THEATRE  BUTTER  "SOAKED"?



BUTTER?

LOTSA  Butter?

SALT?

NO  BUTTER??

My newest "LOVES...


Butter  Flavored  Spray...
Holds the POWDER  SEASONINGS.


Butter Spray...   Makes me FEEL  like I am eating
 MELTED  BUTTER..




* NO...I  am NOT  receiving ANYTHING from AMAZON...
I JUST LOVE THEM!

Today...

Take your POPCORN POPPER to school!

Let your kids watch it, smell it, taste it!

Science, Math, & Literacy 
ALL INTEGRATED!

To help celebrate
NATIONAL  POPCORN  Day

A  "POPCORN" 
CLASSROOM  FREEBIE

FOR YOU!


If you need ANYTHING  else to help you
"POP"  
your classroom lessons...

Stop by and say HI!



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