Any time you can catch students’ attention without raising your voice or clapping your hands or constantly waiting on the whole class getting quiet before you move on is always a good idea. Teacher/student responses are great for attention signals. For example, teacher says “ready to rock?” students say, “ready to roll!” Or teacher says, “Class, class!” and students say, “yes, yes!”
Classroom jobs need to be stated at the beginning of the year and kept up with weekly or monthly. One because students will never forget the jobs, and two it allows students to learn responsibility for their actions. Maybe not every student has one job for every day. But jobs can be rotated or students be rotated.
Types of classroom jobs:
Paper picker upper- Student picks up papers from students/passes out papers to students.
Restroom monitor- Student reports any incidents that happened in the bathroom. Students love to tattletale but this allows only one student to report back to the teacher and keep things in order at the bathroom. It prevents from stories being made up.
Lights- have students stand at the end of the line and turn off lights when everyone has left the room.
Station monitor- Have students monitor who goes to the station. Student can call out names from a chart on where each student goes. Student can make sure the list of the stations is updated and in order every day so students know what to do. Student can make sure before stations time is done that everything is picked up and in it’s place.
Substitute helper- This is the leader of the class that helps the substitute out when you are out. Lets the student be informative to the substitute about how things are run. It allows students to not lie about certain stuff. Also the substitute can know who to ask in the classroom with questions they might have about what and where to go.
There are plenty more jobs the teacher can come up with that might need help staying organized in the classroom. Jobs can be made up according to who the student is. For example, if there’s a student that always needs to be up make that student a job as the errand runner or the buddy to go with a student to the nurse or front office.
A way to distribute classroom jobs are classroom tags. It’s a necklace with a laminated card that says the classroom job. Sometime in the morning, teacher can place classroom job tag around the student the teacher has chosen to take that job for the day. The students do not have to wear the tag all day. But making time in the beginning of the day lets the whole class know who has what job. There’s no confusion on the teacher or students’ part. Once every classroom job tag is given the tag is placed on a board or chart. For example, there can be a chart with every child’s name on it and the job tag is placed under the child’s name. Or the jobs can be listed on a bulletin board and the tag is hung on a thumbtack to be in a place where it can be found for the next day.
Behavior Intervention Strategies
Still learning and needing growth on the behavior intervention strategies. But these are some strategies I have picked up on.
- Standing still counting down the time it takes for the whole class to be quiet. Once their full attention is on the teacher, count up the time it took and then take it away from recess time or lunch talk time.
- Address a student’s name when they are not doing what they are supposed to be doing. It lets the student know you notice the behavior that isn’t acceptable.
- Praise for specific good behaviors. Like, state a student’s name and what the student is doing correctly. It allows other heads to turn and that student is the example of what every student should be doing.
- Constantly move around the classroom. Stand when students are being sneaky. It makes them stop because you are close in proximity.
- Monitor from your desk, keep an eye out for off task behavior and conversations.
First Day of School Plan