Tier One Tuesday

November 2nd, 2021

Happy Tuesday!

This newsletter will cover:

  • November's Theme: Gratitude
  • Tier I: Turn and Talk
  • Tier II: Responding to Blurting Out
  • Book a Lesson: My Mouth is a Volcano Lesson (3rd-5th)
  • Spirit Week Coming!
  • Teaching Quote

For more resources visit www.pbismtssmcdonough.com!

November is Gratitude Month!

Tier 1: Turn & Talk

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Turn and talk is an instructional routine in which students use content knowledge during a brief conversation with a peer. Students are provided with a short prompt to discuss content or a skill. Students turn to their predetermined partner and answer the prompt while their partner listens. Then, the partners switch roles to allow the second student to address the prompt.

Prompts can have a variety of purposes, including the following:

• Applying content to students’ lives, creating meaningful connections

• Practicing a discrete skill, such as explaining text evidence to support an argument

• Brainstorming to access background knowledge

• Answering a question related to key content

The turn-and-talk routine can be used across all content areas and at any grade level.

The Importance of Modeling

Teaching students how to use any instructional routine requires teacher modeling and guided practice with feedback. Instruction should begin with modeling to show students what the turn-and-talk routine looks like and sounds like. Teachers should also establish clear expectations together, write them down and post them in the classroom.

Responding to Blurting Out

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Consistent blurting out from students can be a disruption to your classroom environment and instruction. Often the function of the behavior is attention seeking and is reinforced with responding to the blurt. Here are some ideas for addressing this common externalizing behavior.

Tracking Behavior: Goal Setting: Replacement Behavior

First, track data- how many blurts in an hour...or day. Then, come up with a reasonable goal and reward. Let the student give ideas for rewards in addition to coming up with a behavior replacement. Look below for some ideas to help with blurting in the classroom.

  1. Blurt Alert Cards! Give the student the goal Blurt Alert Cards that have been determined for them. When a student blurts, take a Blurt Alert Card quietly from the student. If they have Blurt Alert cards left at the end of the day, they get the prize.
  2. Koosh Balls. To keep students from blurting out in class make them raise their hands and you'll throw them a Koosh ball during the question. To keep this "Covid friendly" you can use a Koosh ball as the imagery, then throw them an "invisible ball" they can catch. After they answer it they can toss it back to you, even if it is imaginary. This is a fun way to offer a replacement behavior and serve as a concrete visual for talking.
  3. Self-monitoring form. If blurting is more frequent with one student, consider a self-monitoring form. Have the student track their own data, review it and then set a goal together. Support and a reward system can be added to this as well!

Remember to use and practice Tier 1 strategies first, then support with Tier II strategies. Please contact Heather McD to schedule a time to talk more about different blurting supports.

Book a Lesson: My Mouth is a Volcano (3rd-5th)

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Is there interrupting going on in your class? Ms.McD can help! Your students will learn about the importance of listening and following expectations for sharing their thoughts in class. Click here to book a 30 minute slot for a lesson!

I have lessons on other topics as well! Let me know which area you would like me to focus and I will find a lesson for your class! Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Spirit Week is Coming!

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