Our day is arranged to have the final 45 minutes of the day as an "Enrichment" block. About every 6 days, the students have an extra specials period but during the other days I work to try and work on an art integrated project. During our unit on fractions, we researched and investigated the work of artist Piet Mondrian. These are the students' finished original works of art.
During another enrichment block, students worked on completed multiplication clocks. Students practiced their facts by skip counting by each number coming out of the "clock." Then they got to add their own pizazz. This was a Pinterest find! Check it out!!
These class rules and consequences were created from Teaching Children to Care. It was summer read for my school one year and while no one wants a summer read, I did get good information and ideas from it. It is part of the Responsive Classroom series. It also limits the numbers of rules and consequences. These are logical consequences and I work from. It is only when these are not working that I move to the clip chart.
Class Rules - Respect and care for... Yourself. Others. The School.
Consequences - If you broke it, you fix it. If you are not responsible, you lose a privilege. Take a break - cannot participate.
This is my classroom clip chart. I used the consequences developed by the our PBIS team and some of the language that I have used in the past with Responsive Classroom. Each student has a clothespin with their number (no names or even initials are used). Students begin each day on green with the opportunity to move up to blue or down to the other colors. For the most part, students are not able to move back up. I feel that once you make a poor choice, you cannot erase it but stop it from spiraling. However, I have found that certain students require the opportunity to move back up and this is written in their behavior plan.
Blue - Great choices and really being a team player!!
Green - You are making good choices today. Keep being respectful.
Yellow - You made a poor choice. Think about your actions and make better choices.
Orange - You are making poor choices. Stop and think about your behavior. Fill out a Think Sheet.
Red - You are continuing to make poor choices. Take home your Think Sheet and bring back signed.
Responsive Classroom Morning Meeting Poster
Greeting --> Share --> Game --> Announcements
1. Come to meeting with empty hands.
2. Sit with your legs crossed and your hands in your lap.
3. Listen to the person who is talking.
4. Raise your hand when you want to talk.
*When I remake the chart, I will change Game to Activity. Some students think this has to be a game-game, instead of an academic cooperative activity. I've done everything from clapping games, rhyming games and multiplication games, to four corners and Heads Up Seven Up.
This is the fabulous Extensions chart that my AIG teacher created for my students. The green squares are reading activities and the orange are math. All the activities are laminated and Velcroed to the board. Students can take off the assignment to complete it and then return it. The Velcro also allows the teacher to change out the assignments to change throughout the year to match the current units and interests of the students.