I love summertime! It gives me a chance to recharge, reflect, and revamp for the coming school year. With my move from 1st to 4th grade, I feel even more motivated to reflect on my teaching practices and make some adjustments! This week I’ve been considering some of my tried and true classroom management strategies. I pulled out these old, hand-drawn cooperative grouping cards. Though they are tattered and worn, this is a management tool I’m not ready to throw out because it works
so well. So, instead- I decided to give them a much-needed makeover!
When cards are passed out, the groups can be separated by color, number or letter. I love this because when I pass out the cards, students don’t immediately know which group they will be in. It also gives me a secret way of separating students that I don’t want to be in a group together. (Hey, you know you’ve done it too!)
The picture on each card assigns the student to a role for the activity. I find that it is important to take time at the beginning of the year to train students on my expectations for each of these roles. Once the procedures and expectations are in place, this grouping strategy runs like clockwork!
My expectations are as follows:
Supplier- gathers, maintains, collects and returns all supplies for the group
Leader- keeps everyone organized, guides the group to complete the task correctly
Writer- acts as scribe and/or illustrator during group work
Time Keeper- keeps all members on task, assures the task is completed on time
*Most importantly I expect that everyone contributes their thoughts and ideas to support the group’s work for the duration of the activity.
Our first #thecorecoachesgiveaway 😍 Two lucky teachers (and their teacher friend) will be getting a copy of our morning meeting greeting cards AND our activity cards. 🙌🏻👏🏻👊🏻 We'll be choosing a winner from instagram and facebook. (hint hint...double your chances and enter on both instagram and facebook! 🙃😉)
Here's what you have to do: -Make sure to like this post! -Tag as many teacher friends (make sure each tag is in a separate comment) -Make sure you do it on instagram too! @thecorecoaches -Check back on Monday evening to see if you won!
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Such a simple thing to do and makes such a great difference! I always try to stand by the door as my students come in each morning and leave each afternoon. This sign makes it so easy for each student to choose a greeting or a goodbye. But more importantly, I get to connect with each kiddo. It brightens up my day!
Do your students plan morning meeting? I love seeing my first graders plan and implement morning meeting all on their own! Watching student's confidence and excitement grow, makes my teacher heart happy! 👏🏼👍🏼👊🏼
I just love this penguin emoji! While I'm in Utah trying to shake the winter blues ⛄❄️ and dreaming of warm, sunny☀️, summer days, studying about penguins is plus in winter time! Your students will love learning all about penguins.