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Why I had to Suck all the Fun out of my Classroom

Behavior, CHAMPS, Daily 5, PBIS, Routines and Procedures

Students have a lot of voice and choice in our classroom.  Our classroom offers them flexible seating areas, learning options from which to choose during independent work time, and a plethora of tools readily available to help them orchestrate their work. Like a busy beehive, our classroom isn’t quiet.  It isn’t always neat and tidy, and the day to day activities aren’t mundane.  Students have come to love that they have a say in what our classroom looks like and feels…

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Daily 5 PBIS Booster

Behavior, Daily 5, PBIS

Today was our first day back from break!  I knew that students would be excited to see one another.  They get very social after long weekends! Our Daily 5 Room Maps are helpful during days like today!  The maps serve as a booster for us.  We are reminded of which activities we can choose and what the expectations are for Daily 5 time. The maps also show us where each activity spot is located. One most days, students are able…

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Curing the Blurts

Behavior, PBIS

I noticed it the first day of school.  My class likes to talk!  They talk over one another.  They hold side conversations.  They get off topic.  They like to talk and I’m not even sure if they’re truly listening to one another. In an effort to take control of our classroom conversations we created a few charts and practiced.  We practiced and practiced and practiced.  A lot. We talked about self control.  Of course they needed to learn what “self…

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Good Luck Minis

Behavior, PBIS

While on my annual Schoolhouse GB shopping trip, I ran across a display at the checkout counter.  You know where this is leading…right?  =)  It was the kind of display that was purposely put at the checkout counter because buyers-beware:  What’s Displayed is Hard to Dismiss.  They were “Good Luck Minis” – small, miniature, plastic animal figurines.   Spinning the carousel of minis, I secretly hoped, “Let there be eagles, let there be eagles!”  And of course there were!  Because…

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