I had a D.O.O.Z.Y of a class this year. In fact, it was the WORST class I've had..... E.V.E.R! In nine years, I've never seen anything like it. I was ready to retire @ 39 in August....a day after school started....I'm so.......... N.O.T. KIDDING (insert Chandler Bing voice)!!!
Let me give you a list of reasons I knew I was going to gain a few MORE grey hairs this year. I knew RIGHT AWAY I needed to change up my classroom management plan & F.A.S.T! Let's play I NEVER shall we?? Here is a list of things I thought I'd NEVER have to do:
*I've never dropped a clip within the first hour of the first day of first grade.
*I've never thought of switching careers.
*I've never met with 10 different parents within the first 2 weeks of school. Yes, 10!
*I've never made a parent phone call regarding behavior on the first day of school.
*I've never tracked down a child's teacher, who is now retired & lives out of state to
*I've never threatened to take fingerprints & send it off for investigation.
*I've never pretended my webcam went to the principal's office, the local police & their parent's house....1st graders fall for anything :o)
*I've never had so many adult beverages in the evening.
*I've never thought I might need to "work out" to relieve stress.....I hate working out. Just showing you just HOW DESPERATE I'd become.
*I've never been tempted to video a child & text it to their parents for proof/evidence of their obnoxious behaviors.
I really could go on & on but I thought I'd spare you. You get the gist, right???
I've always had little secrets up my sleeve that I use year to year such as my warm fuzzies. These little fuzzies are magical. I was honored to present for the Everything's Primary Virtual Teaching Blog Expo on classroom management here.
It can be purchased & viewed at your leisure for only $3.95! I discuss the following:
HERE to read all about how I use this system in my own classroom.
HERE to read all about my reward coupons. I created over 30 coupons all for FREE!
Since I had so many students with lets say...... "issues" this year I also had students who needed to be recognized for doing the right thing.....ALL.THE.TIME. Once upon a time, Lakeshore Learning used to make necklaces that said "Star Student" or "It's my birthday" BUT they discontinued them! Wah! So I decided to make my own & boost self esteem at the same time. My students were BEYOND OBSESSED with these simple necklaces. I have a list to make more since they were such a big hit. When a student received a necklace to wear for the day I always would take a picture of them & post it on my blog. The parents also LOVED the fact that I recognized their children daily with their different achievements. Check out my post about these necklaces by clicking on the picture or HERE.
I discovered this book at the end of last year & read it along with the one below immediately. Read all about my bucket filler (my very first blog post) HERE.
One of my first PT conferences I discussed above...the mother asked me why her child keeps calling her a bucket dipper & telling her to stop dipping in his bucket....LOL.
Go to my right hand side bar, scroll down until you see "labels" & click on "classroom management".