but also ridiculously awesome. So read it! :) **
|Welcome back banner I painted!|
During our pre-planning, my principle said something that really stuck with me.
"You get what you expect, and you get what you allow."
This really made me think about the way that I had run my classroom last year. I presented my expectations to my students, but I often had poor follow-through with discipline. The second I "allowed" my students to challenge my authority, I essentially gave them the green light to do it all year.
NOT this year! :) Year two Ms. Gram is slapping down bad behavior (figuratively of course) as soon as it occurs and I am refusing to accept anything less then the standards I set for my kids.
I'm teaching each one of my classes to wait SINGLE, STRAIGHT, and SILENT outside my classroom door until I invite them in. I did this last year... but would often let them in when they were still talking. NOT this year! I am also being a lot more conscious about the noise level in my room.
During my first year I had trouble balancing being the fun teacher and being the more strict classroom management teacher. This year I have finally realized that I have the ability to be both at the same time. Hooray for professional growth!
|...and more of it!|
|Don't you love my teal|
cabinets? ;) hahaha
As a result of that move, I also moved my bookshelf over to the side of my student computer table. This creates a more enclosed area by my desk which I really enjoy (and my fake plant is closer now!). It also creates a more defined carpet/reading space for my kids.
|Front of my room.|
Underneath my "Elements of Art" space on my bulletin board, I transformed what used to be my supply table, to an independent working student table. So now I have a completely separate space for students to work at if they need some alone/behavior reflection time.
|Centers! They're a little scattered now. |
Hoping to organize them even better later.
(There is a zip-lock bag stapled to my
bulletin board behind the chart to hold
additional job cards.)
1. Super Supervisor - Supervises to make sure all jobs are being completed correctly at their table and are ultimately responsible for making sure they all get done. These students may help with other jobs as needed and are the "subs" in case someone is missing from their table.
2. Table Wiper - Makes sure tables are clean and wiped down at the end of class.
3. Art Collector - Collects all the artwork at their color table and brings it to me to be filed away in the correct color folder in their grade level drawer. 4th/5th grade art collectors are also in charge of taking out and putting sketchbooks for all students at their table.
4. Helping Hands - Helps to pass out and collect supplies for their color table. Also makes sure that things are put away properly.
5. Bucket Boss - Makes sure that the table caddy at their table is clean of any trash, contains 6 sharpened pencils (eraser-side up), 3 bigger erasers, and crayons.
6. Scrap Monster - Cleans up all the scraps and trash from around the table.
7. Paintbrush Police - Helps to fill up and empty water buckets from tables when we paint, helps to manage paint refills, and may help clean brushes if needed.
So far this jobs system has been AWESOME and significantly more effective then what I did last year...
Me: "Number 3's collect scissors, number 4's collect glues, number 5's ......"
Student (3): What is my job again?
Me: (In my head) "Ahhh I can't remember."
(To student) "Maybe you should ask someone who was listening!"
The students really enjoy the jobs too!
|All teacher's names are written down the left side.|
So far this has been a really effective way to get the whole class on track (because they all really want that art party!).
|Empty sketchbook bins|
I decided I really wanted to do it though because I felt the pros outweighed the cons. In order to stay organized, each fourth and fifth grade class was assigned a color of construction paper (which was used for the cover of their sketchbook. We added 4-5 sheets of 12"x18" white drawing paper, folded it in half, and punched 3 holes down the sides. Students then used yarn to bind their sketchbooks together. The color of yarn they used was determined by the color table they sit at. So if I saw a sketchbook sitting out I would know which class it belongs to and which color table it originated from. I love this idea too because if I have to move students around to different tables, we can just snip off their old yarn and exchange it for their new table color.
|One class of 5th grade sketchbooks|
Sketchbooks will be used for "Think-about-its" (questions students are going to answer about various pieces of artwork at the beginning of class while I'm getting stuff ready), sketches for projects, free-draw, and note-taking.
I know this has been A LOT to read. So if you've actually made it this far.... yayyyyyy! :)
This year I will once again be posting all my lessons with student and teacher examples up on my blog... so stay tuned and hit that follow button to stay up to date!
Hope you all have a wonderful beginning to your year!