Saturday, February 18, 2012

New Behavior Management System!

For the past few weeks my kiddos have been OFF THE CHAIN (and not in a good way)! Needless to say, it's been a little rough in my classroom the past few weeks. I constantly have to stop class due to disruptions. But, I got to thinking and decided I needed a new behavior plan. Due to my addiction of Pinterest, I found many great ideas for creating different behavior charts and other visuals. After browsing through many blogs, I realized I needed something simple since I am changing things in the middle of the year. So this is what I came up with.....

Taaaa-Daaaa! So simple, I know. But I have a morning group and an afternoon group and I am very limited on space in my classroom. I got the poster paper and letters from Dollar General. I plan to put up a picture of a cupcake or another sweet treat each time the class has a good day. When the board is full, the students will get a special treat such as special outside time, eating lunch in the classroom and watching a movie, or something along those lines. I am welcome to any ideas you all may have (especially ideas that won't cost me anything)! As a first year teacher, I am looking into every possible resource to find ideas.

Here is  both sections from a closer view:

Sorry about my shadow on the pics! I'm no photographer! Anywho, this is just a part of my new behavior management system. I also have an individual behavior management chart in progress. Hopefully, I can get that finished tomorrow. I pray that this will help minimize the disruptive behaviors. I also plan to use an idea I found on Pinterest where students have to complete a kind task for someone else each day. I have the task written on a strip of paper. The strips are in a jar and each day, students will receive a task that they must complete by the end of the day. 

Let's hope this works! I would love to hear from you if you have any advice or suggestions to make about minimizing disruptive behaviors. 

Hope everyone has a great week!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

First Post & Bulletin Board Friends

I am so excited to begin my blog! I am a first year teacher. Currently, I teach third grade Language Arts, Reading, and Writing. After looking at so many of the incredibly awesome blogs there are out there made by teachers, I decided to start one as well. I will admit that right now, I don't have too many original ideas. Many of my ideas piggyback of other teacher's ideas. I'm hoping to learn a lot by beginning this blog. I am currently trying to collect as many helpful resources as I can. I am also still learning what is required  of me as a teacher and the best ways to manage my classroom. Any comments, tips, or helpful advice is truly appreciated. I love learning new things and I want my students to love learning as well. 

What made me finally decide to start a blog was last night, after I made a cute little tooth and cupid to put on the bulletin board in my classroom. I took pictures of them and really wanted to share them. So, here they are! I stole the idea from Pinterest (where else!?!). Not sure who the original person is who made these, but I sure appreciate their creativity. :)

Are they perfect? No, they could be better. But, are they cute? Totally! I love these and I look forwards to making more things for my bulletin board! They were pretty easy to make. I only used markers, construction paper, glue, scissors.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! :)