"If you can't line up quietly, then we will sit back down and try again." I know I've said it over and over again. After 8 years of teaching I've come to a realization that lining up quietly isn't always the best way to line up (because you don't even want to know how many times … [Read more...] about Classroom Transitions
Each year I seem to settle into one signal to regain my students' attention throughout the day. Last year, I would say "class, class" and they would respond "yes, yes." I fell into a routine of using the same attention signal all year long and my students started to dread the … [Read more...] about Classroom Attention Getters
We all know that students react far better to positive reinforcement than negative interactions. With this in mind, I created SHOUT-OUTS as a way to acknowledge the positive behavior and academic achievements of the students in my classroom. When my students are cheering … [Read more...] about Classroom Shout-Outs
Morning meeting is an engaging way to start each day and an easy way to build a strong classroom community. Teachers and students sit in a circle for an organized start-of-day activity. A morning meeting consists of 5 components: message, greeting, reading, sharing, and an … [Read more...] about Why is Morning Meeting Magical?
Do you teach morning meeting in your classroom? A morning meeting consists of 5 components: message, greeting, reading, sharing, and activity. It's a time set aside to have conversations with the class that you otherwise wouldn't have time for. It also allows for … [Read more...] about Student Led Morning Meeting