Classroom Management & Participation Exercises!
Good Morning Greetings!
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!
Independent Behavior Strategies!
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.
Student: Find out what it means to me
Teacher: All eyes on me
Student: All eyes on you
Student: Which way
Community in a Jar
End of the Day Jar
It is meant for students to put questions inside and the questions will be asked at the end of the day. However, I will also include questions or concerns that students want to address. We will read the items placed in the jar at the end of the day. This is used just in case the students have any lingering questions or if they just want to vent for a few minutes. Having this time set aside will decrease distractions in class.
Getting To Know You Jar
Have a jar at each set of table groups. Inside the jar are questions students can ask each other, such as "What are you excited about this year, what are you scared of, do you have a nickname?' This would be a good first week of school activity.
Random Acts of Kindness (RAK Jar)
This jar is for when the teacher sees the students being kind to one each other without being asked to do so. The teacher will place a cotton ball inside for every act of kindness, and once the jar is full the entire class will receive a prize or an award. This will overall increase the amount of kindness in the classroom and will allow students to feel appreciated, which will in return increase the positivity inside of the classroom.