Student Contributor: M. McLeod Flexible seating is when students have different options of where and what they can use for seating within the classroom. Flexible seating is helpful as it allows for students to be comfortable in the classroom.Flexible seating is used to provide several different seating options in the classroom for students. Some examples that my mentor has in her room are floor tables, stools at tall tables, wobble chairs, seat cushions. … [Read more...] about Student Chosen Flexible Seating
Collaborative & Teacher Directed
Pre Paired Partners
Student Contributor: Ashlynn Thielen This tool is helpful because it allows the teacher to place the students into quick and easy groups for transition times. This is also just a fun age-appropriate way to divide the kiddos. The theme can be adjusted to really any theme!This tool should be used during transition times, for turn and talk as well as collaboration and group work. For my personal classroom each student has the student card on their desk that … [Read more...] about Pre Paired Partners
Student Contributor: R. Castro Implementing the reward coupons tool in the classroom is a great way to maintain classroom discipline. When the students behave, they are recognized by their teacher. The teacher gives them the option to choose a coupon of their choice.This tool should be created by the teacher and used by the students. The coupons can range from being able to sit at the teacher's desk, to be the leader of the line. They should be … [Read more...] about Reward Coupons
The 3 Be’s!
Student Contributor: R. Castro The 3 Be’s is a tool that is used to remind students of the rules that should be followed in the classroom. They encourage students to become independent learners as they make good choices throughout the day.This tool should be introduced at the beginning of the school year. It is important to go over the rules during the first few weeks and make sure to demonstrate how they may look when following them. Therefore, the … [Read more...] about The 3 Be’s!
Coats in the Closet
Student Contributor: M. Sorensen This procedure is a system to help reduce traffic jams in the closest, especially during the winter months when students have lots of snow gear. Students come in from outside and first go to their desks. At their desks, they take off their coats and any snow gear. Then they go to the closest to put up their things.This procedure helps prevent the students from cramming into the closet while trying to take off their coats. … [Read more...] about Coats in the Closet
30 Second Dance Party
Student Contributor: M. Sorensen This is a fun quick brain break. The button plays one of the five 30-second songs. Once the music plays, everyone gets up and dances.This button makes this brain break easy with little prep. This can be used whenever the class is getting antsy, between transitions, or as a break before a test. The teacher is generally the one to push the button. However, you can also pick one student a day to hit the button one time … [Read more...] about 30 Second Dance Party
Student Contributor: A. Williams When you notice groups of students staying on task or not you can add or remove points. If they reach a certain amount they get a small celebration reward.-teams of 4 are optimal because it’s two partnerships. Also, it’s small enough where everyone is accountable, but big enough that there’s not too much pressure on any one student. -the teams have their desks together and sit together when other grouping is not in … [Read more...] about Group Points/Compliments
Student Contributor: E. Rosenau Guided meditation helps students relax their mind, bodies, and helps them direct their focus to the classroom and classmates.This tool should be implemented in the morning before the lessons for the day begins. This tool can also be beneficial to use after lunch. The teacher has to be consistent with this tool and give students two-three minutes a day to participate in this practice. The teacher can use a short video to … [Read more...] about Guided meditation
Student Contributor: R. Veening As a teacher, if there is an idea you want to expose your students to, a constant issue in the classroom you need to address, or even just to take a moment of time to have your students get a brain break, you can purposefully choose a book to read aloud to handle what you need to handle. This management tool is helpful because there are some issues or needs that your students will have that the words of a good book can touch … [Read more...] about Read Aloud
Student Store Dollar
Student Contributor: A. Lester A Student Store Dollar is given by the teacher to the students. It’s used to reward students for either doing good on a test or an achievement and they can use it towards the 6th grade student store. It’s helpful in the sense that students can work towards getting one and then use it to get a treat.In the 6th grade classroom, the students run a store that contains different types of treats. Such as cookies, candy bars, beef … [Read more...] about Student Store Dollar