Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Daily 5 LInk Up Party Chapter 3

Hi there!! So sorry this is late!! I have been consumed with life and LOVING my summer vacation!!!! Its just going too quick lol!

We were asked to think about a few things while reading the chapter~

1. Establish a gathering place for brain and body breaks. In our class we will gather at the carpet for all our brain and body breaks. At times we will have to spread out around the classroom. We will have to learn about personal space as well. My total classroom space is about 12ft by 25ft filled with furniture, materials, and students! I am going to call our gathering place the carpet. I am not creative with coming up and being consistent for names. 

2. Developing the concept of "good fit" books I love the idea of good fit books! I will probably use the zip lock bag idea due to classroom space. I will also start with a lot of printable books since I have mostly picture books that have a lot of words. My students will need books that have more pictures and less words to begin with. I know what I will be shopping for!  

3. Create anchor charts with students I am in LOVE with anchor charts and understand how valuable they are for students! I want to create them at home and make them really cute but know that students will learn and take so much more if we create the chart together in class! I will begin to hang up the charts and layer them so students can flip them up for future reference throughout the year. I also saw on Pinterest a teacher takes a picture of her anchor charts and prints them out and places them in a photo album for students to refer to! I love this idea and hope to do it! My students learn quickly that the classroom is their resource and have to move around it to get what they need. 

4. Short, repeated intervals of independent practice and setting up book boxes I would love to start this the first week of school but need to figure out what to put in their. I am going to use zip lock bags labeled for each student and store them in a file crate. Each student will have their own file. I will set a timer on my desk to keep track of the three minutes and track in my assessment binder how it goes. I think I will put a copied version of a predecodable book provided by our curriculum in their book bags for the first day of school.  

5. Calm Signals and check in procedures In my classroom I teach my students to become quiet and look at me when I raise my hand in the air. I make a "T" with my hands and wait for all students to look at me. Once all students are attentive I can announce the next step or transition.  Its a signal that is always with me and students love it! 
6. Using the correct model/incorrect model approach for demonstrating appropriate behaviors. We model both desirable and undesirable behaviors for students before activities. If a student continues to misbehave we will talk about it and redirect. If they are struggling and need help we will find a way to help them get on track.

I'd love to read your feedback! 


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