Well, I made it. I finished my first ever series! And I'm even posting the last one early because of a little surprise at the end. Thanks to all those who viewed, commented, and linked up their tips to tame the crazy that happens in our classrooms so that students can reach their full potential. I've picked up some new tricks from you and I hope you found something that might help you as well!
A lot of my tools are based in Responsive Classroom. I believe that misbehaviors need to have logical consequences so that students are able to make connections between their "oops" and ways to fix it. I talk about logical consequences here.
Most misbehaviors can be tied to one of these logical consequences. The beauty of this is: you don't have to give a consequence right at that instant. It's better to make an appropriate consequence that can be carried out as opposed to one created in a haste due to emotions. I still tell students that a consequence is coming, but that I need time to think of one that is appropriate.
What do I use to help redirect students for minor misbehaviors?
One that I use often for smaller, more minor "oopsies" is the take a break. This includes things like blurting, lack of control of their body on the carpet, talking when others have the floor... you get the idea. You can call it whatever. I was just at a training and some called it the "Chill Out Chair" "Reflect and "Return" or other things that their kids came up with. The goal is to remove the stigma of time-out. Because this isn't a punishment. It's a reflect opportunity. I've blogged all about it here.
One way I really make sure it is reflect is by creating these little visual cards for each take a break chair.
What do I use for conflict between students?
Conflicts come up all the time when students are in less structured environments (think lunch and recess). I try to give my students tools to solve conflict on their own and act more as like a mediator than the problem solver. I've created a space in my room called "the peace rug" area where students can invite others to discuss an issue. Sometimes, they do it on their own. Other times, they come to me and I suggest the peace rug if I think it's something that could be solved there (of course also, if they feel safe enough to do so). We model it at the beginning of the year and I have this little chart near our library for them to reference if needed. Sometimes I'll sit in on the meeting; other times I'll listen from afar.
Something I've added this year is my conflict resolution posters that takes that process and breaks it down into steps with some thinking points for each one.
Here is it in my room. It is right next to our peace rug area.
So there are a few tools in my toolbox when the crazy gets the best of us. Now to help you even more...
A GIVEAWAY! I'm giving away a BUNDLE of some of my favorite resources that help establish a strong classroom community.
This will be a quick one, so don't wait! You'll have until Midnight on Tuesday evening to enter. That way, if you don't win, you can still get them on sale during the Back to School Boost Sale TpT is throwing on August 20th (and where I'm adding an additional 20% off my entire store)!
So what will you win?
My best seller: Hopes and Dreams Bundle Pack! It was recently updated with even more to help your students create measurable goals for the school year so that you can create classroom rules that will help everyone reach their goal!
My Anti-Bullying Rules Poster Pack: 4 anti-bully rules that are in interactive flap form! Great for beginning of the year when building classroom community.
My Assertive Scenario Cards: Help students know the difference between being assertive, aggressive, and passive. Great to use and post with my conflict resolution posters. So that means I have to add...
My Conflict Resolution Posters showed above!
I'M NOT DONE YET! The winner will also get to pick 2 ADDITIONAL resources from my store of their choice to complete their back to school bundle!
So- how do you win? Enter the rafflecopter below. Those who have commented with their own tips or linked up with have even more chances as a thank you for participating in my first series. If you didn't, no worries- you'll have the chance to enter also!
Last, but not least:
Now it's your turn!
You have 2 options
1) Respond to the question in the comments section
2) Grab the buttons and link up with a longer post!
No need to link up on Tuesday! You can do it any day of the week until the next Tips to Tame 'Em comes out (this is the last one)!