So we just finished week 3!!! I don’t know about everyone else but 4 day weeks are soooo hard for me. They seemed so rushed and stressful…but I really enjoyed having Labor Day off. Now back to it! Sandra shared her back to school display so this is mine. I reused my boy and girl superheroes and changed the paper to blue with stars and a super cute border!
One of my favorite components of Conscious Discipline is the “Safe Place.” This is place in the classroom where my little ones go to calm down when they are sad, angry, upset about something. I have books, various stuffed animals and items that our principal got for us (yes we’re blessed)! This has been especially good for when someone starts to miss their mommy. They go sit in the safe place to hug a our Batman teddy bear or squeeze a stress ball, calm down and come back to the group. I'm amazed at how they self soothe and get right back to work. I feel so proud of them. This year we also added a "Kindness Wall" to go with our other Conscious Discipline components, but I must have deleted the picture on accident so I'll be sure I show it to you in the next post. J
I want to give you a peek into a couple of new classroom management tools I have started using. Both of these I got from the I Teach K Conference. We saw so many wonderful presenters! My favorite session was Kim Adsit’s (click to see explanation) “Back to School Bootcamp.” First she showed us a round, Dollar Tree pizza pan, I found superhero puppet from Mgulin Design and Illustration. For now I am using it to focus on sitting correctly on the carpet. Instead of having to stop and correct the behavior I reach up and take a part off our superhero. The next tool is the marble jar this is whole class reward system. Anytime they all sit quietly, line up nicely, or work quietly I reward them with a small bunch of marbles. If they fill up their jar by the end of the week we get to do an extra “fun” activity like chalk day, take your shoes off in class, or a popcorn party like Sandra did. We have not earned all of our marbles since the first week…it’s been a little rough! I just got the ribbon that I needed to make them cute! So I’ll reshoot the pictures once I fix them up.
I look forward to a great week with my kids and I wish you the same!-Cindy