Wednesday, September 4, 2013

27, 28, 29, 20-10...

Well this year is off to a grand start! I had 29 students until yesterday. Yes, 29! You've heard the phrase "Herding Cats"? Well, we definitely were! Our enrollment was crazy high this year and we had that many kinders in our classes. Luckily we were able to add a new class to get our numbers down to 24, which is way more manageable! So, now that we're kind of in our holding pattern and in the air, it's time to get back to blogging. I hope to do updates a couple of times a week focusing on what we're doing in kindergarten and new technology tips I stumble across. So, for today's entry, I'm going to show you my class rules. Simple, yet effective. I decided to tie behavior to life skills this year. Rather than give students a list of do's and don'ts, I am teaching them to apply life skills to behavior. Our rules are simple: Be respectful, be responsible, be a friend, be your best. 4 simple life skills that I can apply to any situation. Students aren't sitting quietly? "Are you being respectful and responsible?", Students are calling ugly names- "You're not being respectful or being a friend". So far it seems to be having a positive impact on behaviors. I used my Silhouette Cameo and created a vinyl wall art to showcase these rules. I love how it turned out!!

4 comments:

  1. I love the vinyl wall. Looks really good. Wow...29? That is way too many kindergarteners. I'm from Texas and we can't have more than 22 in a class. Have a great year.
    Stephanie from Principal Principles
    http://thenewprincipalprinciples.blogspot.com

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  2. Thank you! It was unusual for sure. We average around 23-24. We just had one of those years where we got hit hard and fast with kindergartners.

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  3. Where did you get those letters made?

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    1. I made them out of Oracal 631 indoor vinyl on my Silhouette machine. Super easy!

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