Monday, August 3, 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015

Sentences: A Classroom Management Strategy Part One

When you think of having students write sentences in class, you probably think of the chalkboard above.  Here is a different way I use writing sentences as a classroom management tool.

I firmly believe that small consequences regularly delivered make a bigger impact that large consequences.  For example, I don't take away a child's entire recess.  I do take away a minute at a time.  Being last to recess is often painful enough, and my students still get exercise.

When I give a student a sentence for misbehavior, I have them write it one time.  If the behavior happens again, they write it a second time.  A third time earns a phone call or email home.

I have four sentences I use in class:
1.  I will walk in a single file line, facing forward, with my hands and feet to myself, and my mouth closed and quiet.
(Our school really wants students to be quiet in the hallway.)
2. I will listen to all of the teacher's directions without interrupting and follow them the first time he or she asks. 
(I use this one with specialists and guest teachers, too.)
3. I will do nothing to disrupt the learning environment in this classroom, during the lesson or work times.
(This covers many behaviors including talking out.)
4. I will listen carefully to my classmates ideas.  I understand that they have important information I may be called upon to repeat.
(I expect my students to listen to each other respectfully.)

To download a printable set of the sentences I use in my classroom, click here.  Each page has one sentence printed several times so you can cut them apart into strips.

To read more of how I use sentences in the classroom, read next Friday's post.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Nanny X by Madelyn Rosenberg

Imagine having a perfect nanny that is also a spy.  Ali, Jake and their baby sister save their city park with the help of their amazing nanny.

I was glad to see that this is the beginning of a series and the second book, Nanny X Returns, is released August 30, 2015.

For an explanation of my rating scale, click here.
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Classroom Management Pinterest Board

Last week I posted a Behavior Intervention on Classroom Freebies Too, a collaborative blog I contribute to.  I could tell by the response that people are looking for ways to manage student behavior.

The next three Fridays, I will post some other behavior interventions as my Friday Freebies. These are interventions that have worked for me that I'm happy to pass along.

In the meantime you can find all my classroom management posts here.  You can also follow my Classroom Management board on Pinterest.

Follow Mary Bauer's board classroom management on Pinterest.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Quote of the Week -- July 26, 2015

"Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching."
Thomas Jefferson

(Now with cameras everywhere posting to social media, the world could be watching.)

Have a good week,

Friday, July 24, 2015

Elf on a Shelf Wanted Poster -- Christmas in July

To download a printable wanted poster, click here.

Are you gathering resources for the upcoming school year?  This weekend I am celebrating Christmas in July.  July 24-27, both stores are 20% off.

Artistry of Education @ Teachers Pay Teachers
Artistry of Education @ Teacher's Notebook 

Now for this week's freebie:

I didn't do Elf on a Shelf with my fourth graders, because I thought they were too old for it.  It turns out I was wrong. Every day at class meeting, several would share their elf's antics.  They asked me if I would buy an elf for the classroom.  I made Argus instead.

It occurred to me that I could make this a writing assignment complete with a bulletin board of wanted posters.  Students could record an actual or imagined elfin crime on the poster.  They could elaborate in a short story.

To download a printable wanted poster, click here.

If you don't do Elf on a Shelf,  I have used this poster for several other writing assignments.

Happy Friday!

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