Friday, August 16, 2013

Let's Make Some Noise!

Well it's the first week back and I already seem to be behind. How does that happen so fast? I have a full class with 33 first graders and it seems as if we are always on top of each other. For those of us who work with the little ones, you know how antsy they can be when they are starting off the year. I know I better get a handle on it fast, because it will set the tone for the entire year.

I have always been a big believer in acknowledging the good behavior with a blow horn, rather than blasting them for negative behavior. I feel like a grouch when I'm constantly correcting poor choices. "Raise your hand. Don't shout out. Keep your hands to yourself. Look up front." Ewwww. When I give praise for the positive behavior..."Thank you for raising your hand. Look how Johnny is facing front. Lilly always waits to be called on, way to go!" It changes my whole attitude. Acknowledging kids desired behavior, will encourage the behavior again. Bring attention to the positive behavior in front of the class and others will be encouraged to do the same.

This year I've made some "anytime acknowledgements" to pass out to a few kids each day. These notes are quick and easy. They are not in color because they should not be saved for a special awards ceremony. I keep a class list and check which character note each student has already received. I have a large coupon folder in which I store the notes. I try and pass out 3 a day and by the end of 2 weeks, the whole class should have been recognized. If I have a few extra minutes, I might jot a message. If I am short on time, the note is sufficient to let the parents know what behavior their child has been rewarded for.

Rock & Roll - Anytime Acknowledgements

So much fun!

I like using positive character traits as the foundation for these notes because it allows me to talk to the kids about behaviors that make a person of strong character. When children remember to bring in their share, I say, “Amy showed responsibility. She remember to bring in her share. Awesome job!” Playing a math game with partners, “Johnny and Jason are great partners, They’re taking turns and waiting patiently. Great cooperation!” 
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