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The First Steps July 29, 2012

Filed under: classroom management,thoughts,wn entry — hey2blondie @ 10:04 pm

For the past few days I have been searching the internet for ideas to help me revamp my discipline and management strategies. I came across this website (The Teacher’s Guide) about discipline that was very helpful. I have to agree that I have been guilty of  using the techniques that backfire.OK – VERY guilty. I have learned from these websites that I am a reactor and not a pro-actor. My goal this school year is to be more proactive and to be thinking ahead. I want a smooth running classroom and if I can anticipate problems before hand I can eliminate some. These 11 techniques are great reminders to be proactive!

With my research I found some cool ideas on pintrest that I want to implement. I usually get frustrated with the 50 billion questions that are related to assigning assignments. I am going to use this visual in my room using a more middle school approach. I think it will help eliminate those repeated questions.

Another thing I am going to work on is my warning system. I did this last year. I had laminated yellow and red cards. A student would receive a yellow card as a warning that they need to stop their behavior. Usually this stopped the behavior. Once receiving a yellow card, they must conference with me before they leave the room. If they continued their behavior, they would receive a red card, which resulted in a demerit. At our school we give demerits. They are electronically mailed to the parent explaining the behavior. If a student receives 4 demerits, they will earn a detention. I think this year I am going to use the yellow and red cards, but on the yellow card I’m going to have this visual printed on it. I am going to also keep a dry erase marker close by and quickly jot on the card what the student was doing. Such as T for talking or OT for talking out of turn – that way I don’t forget. I know that my problem is consistency. My goal this year is to be consistent and follow through with what I have said.

I am organized, but not the way I want to be. I am going to try to implement a teacher binder like these:

binder idea 1

binder idea 2

I am also going to try color coding my classes so I am not always scrambling to find my materials.

These are the first steps that I am going to use with my revamp. I still have a lot more to consider before I get back into the classroom. The clock is ticking away!~!

 

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Looking Back July 25, 2012

Filed under: thoughts,wn entry — hey2blondie @ 3:12 pm

You’ve probably wondered where I’ve been. Well, I had a baby girl June 14. During the 9 months that I was pregnant I didn’t feel like doing anything not even updating my blog. A lot has happened since my last posts. Writing club went very well for me this year. We met every other Wednesday. I had about 20 regulars. I look forward to this school year’s club. I’m hoping to become a little more ambitious – maybe have a writing contest or something where the school can submit writing. We’ll just have to wait and see.

My earlier post 5th grade stated that I was enjoying it. I was until the year progressed. The days seemed to go by slower and slower. I didn’t feel that I was in my element any more. I was second guessing my decision.  In January, I finally seized the opportunity to go back to middle school in the fall. (I was lucky that the teacher who replaced me was moving to a different position in the fall. )I missed the middle school setting – my former students, the bell schedule, not having to escort your kids to every special, and of course just teaching language arts. I did enjoy the social studies in 5th grade, but it just wasn’t me. After speaking with my principal, we decided that I could move back to teaching 6th and 7th grade. I do have to teach the same students again (I’ll have them for 3 yrs in a row- but I can see how they’ve progressed).

Looking back – I don’t regret my decision. It has opened a new window in my teaching career. It’s allowed me to think about my discipline procedures and how I handle certain situations. I plan to go in full throttle and revamp a lot of things with my discipline. I’m not sure as of now what that exactly entails, but I have some idea. I look forward to middle school again. This year will mark my 12th year with teaching. I’ve come a long way and I’m still learning about myself as a teacher.