MB's Multi 1-2 News!
Edition 1 September-November 2018-2019
Finally Time for a SMORE!!!
The Responsive Classroom approach to teaching is comprised of a set of well-designed practices intended to create safe, joyful, and engaging classroom and school communities. The emphasis is on helping students develop their academic, social, and emotional skills in a learning environment that is developmentally responsive to their strengths and needs.
Many of the staff members received training at a one day Responsive Classroom training in August. The WES staff has already had the chance to implement the responsive classroom routines and techniques which work best in each of their classroom settings. We have also had the chance to share some knowledge and ideas during one of our PLG Early Release Wednesday staff meetings. Work and implementation will continue all year long. Mrs. Langelier and I meet each week and design how the Responsive Classroom will be implemented and worked with in our Multi 1-2 settings.
In our classroom we have brainstormed and built our rules and responsibilities which we refer to everyday, and are posted simply for everyone to refer to:
Be Kind~ Be Safe~ Be Responsible~ Be Respectful
One of our favorite Responsive Classroom activities is Morning Greeting. We do this right after the daily agenda has been reviewed. We have learned about a dozen ways to greet each other and positively begin each day as a team. The other day Isla made us each a small note and passed them to us for our morning greeting. Two of our favorites are the dice roll and knock knock greetings.
We also have learned about transitioning smoothly from one activity to the next by playing "Be Still As a Rock". This one helps us stop, look, and listen to the person speaking, follow directions, and to not waste any of our precious time together. Our record for being still and focused on the speaker's instructions for transition is 1 min and 18 secs.!!!!
We also have worked with a game called Mouse Trap to build cooperation and teamwork skills.
Some of the activities are content based and help us work on particular content skills, as well as skills which help in all areas, such as asking questions. One of our favs is "What's My Number?".
Mouse Trap~Team Building
Preparing For a Year of Learning
Daily 5 Structure and Routines
Read to Self, Read with Someone, Listen to Someone Read, Work on Writing, and Word Work. The students discussed, modeled, and practiced : Getting started right away~reading, listening, writing, or working with words the whole time~using a zero or EEKK- elbow to elbow knee to knee voice~ignoring distractions~staying in one spot~building their own personal stamina~and persevering. Since the students have shown their independence in all of these important literacy structures, they now choose one to work at each day during Daily 5 CAFE time at the end of our school day. They alternate reading and writing choices. MB and Volunteers meet with individuals to listen to them read one of their Good Fit Book choices. They also choose three words, with adult guidance, from their writing to include in their personal dictionaries.
The students record for read to self is over 35 mins! So proud of all of their hard work. Ending our busy action packed days with Daily 5 is actually pretty magical!
The Right Way
2nd grade buddies modeled the right way, the wrong way, and then the right way to do read to self. We discussed as a class, and referred to our Independence charts for each Daily 5 Choice until it was solidly done by each reader and writer!
The Wrong Way
The Right Way
Mary Beth Clason