Classroom Management & Participation Exercises!

Good Morning Greetings!

1. Which greeting wold you like? With this greeting students are presented with four options somewhere around the door. The options are symbols, which are wiggly hands, bear hug, heart warming smile, and high five. If a student chooses to greeted then this specific student stands at the door and waits for the greeter to come ask them the magic question. This is just a way to greet students and start thee day off in a nice and welcoming way.

2. Shoe Greeting! Students remove one shoe and place all of the shoes in a pile. The teacher says go and students grab a shoe. They find the owner of the shoe and greet them. This is an energetic way of students greeting one another. This can also be a way for students to release some energy before the day starts.

3. Follow the Leader Each child gets a turn. They say "Good Morning! My name is _______" and then they do an action and each person must follow the leader and do the same action as the person that said his or her name. It is highly recommended if the teacher participates also.

4. Fist Bump! This is a greeting that can be used while students are sitting down to decrease the movement in the classroom. With this greeting the students are simply fist bumping their neighbor and saying Good Morning.

5.Handshake and Eye Contact All students participate at the same time. The teacher gives students about one minute to greet their classmates. They say "Good morning, _______" while giving a firm handshake and making eye contact with the person they greet! This is something that allows students to feel more mature and allows them to practice this gesture for the future!

Brain Breaks!!!!!

Walking Song
I Like To Move It (Original Video) Madagascar HD
If You're a Kid (Dance Around!) (song for kids about following directions)
Just Dance 2015 - Happy - 5* Stars

Independent Behavior Strategies!

Here are four ways that students can solve problems independently with other students!

1. Classroom Jobs: Jobs give students important responsibilities in the classroom. These jobs help students feel important and take ownership in their classroom. By rotating these jobs on a weekly basis, you can ensure all students have the opportunity to share these responsibilities. Some examples of classroom jobs include: line leader, door holder, caboose, librarian, room inspector, supply manager, and etc.

2. Reporting vs Tattling: It's important to help children understand the difference between tattling and reporting. Children will tattle for different reasons: desire for attention, to test if you will enforce rules, limited problem solving skills, and legitimate concerns. It can be dangerous to enforce a "no tattling" rule because it encourages a culture of silence that may dismiss legitimate bullying issues. Teacher could have a chart in their room that helps explain the difference between reporting and tattling. They should also set expectations about tattling., help students know when to report incidents, and teach conflict resolution skills.

3. The Peace Table: This is a way to teach students to use a structured method to practice resolving conflicts. The teacher will explain the rose, "I messages", and the structured method to the students in the beginning. The rose is used as a talking stick and everyone takes a turn that is involved. It is also important that students are using "I messages" to avoid insulting phrases. Lastly, the teacher describes the structured method, which says the first student states the other person's name, describes their feelings, what caused those feelings, and finally state what they would like. The second person will acknowledge what the other student just told them and use the same method as the first student to describe their own feelings. At the end the students come to a conclusion! This allows the students to learn how to problem solve on their own. Also, the rules will be posted at the Peace Table.

4. Stop! Think! Act! The first step with this process is Stop. Here students need to stop and think about how they are feeling at that current moment. Now, they need to name that feeling. Next, the student needs to think about their choices. Finally, it's time for the third step which is Act. Here students act out the best choice and now they will be able to get back to work and do their best. This is used for students that need to handle their emotions. This process allows students to show self control and practice making good decisions.

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Attention Getters!

Teacher: Check

Student Mate

Teacher: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Student: Find out what it means to me

Teacher: Wolf

Student: Pack

Teacher: All eyes on me

Student: All eyes on you

Teacher: Anyway

Student: Which way

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