Behavior Plans - Getting to Know Our Students

Hi friends!  It’s Stacy again from Mrs. Johnson’s First Grade.  I’m here today to post about a personal experience I'm having this year with student behavior.  Let’s face it....I think every year I wouldn't mind the class from the previous year even if I was so happy sending them off for summer vacation!  New classes definitely have challenges but this year is different for me.  I think more in a humbling way.

I started the year with a few students that struggled with their behavior which was also having an impact on them academically.  I decided to try a weekly behavior plan.  Yes it was a PAIN at first!!  Like I wasn't busy enough, right?  I sent it home every day and they would bring it back the next day.  Yes, it was an extra effort, but let me tell you how this humbled me as a teacher.


4 weeks into this plan, these students began to change.   I grew to really “know” these little ones.  One student’s father is out of the picture and his mom had brain surgery and is cared for full time by her mother.  Just by knowing this, it helped me adjust my teaching and he has blossomed so much that it brings tears to my eyes.

The second student also blossomed!  She started out very angry.  Well, it turns out she had her second surgery this past week to remove tumors.  She wasn't so lucky this second round and will need to start Chemo this week and won’t be able to return until January.  Breaks my heart!  She's six years old! 

As teachers, please get to know your students no matter the behavior.  They have lives outside the classrooms and it often follows them to the classroom.   They need us! 
I hope you will see the “good” in your students this year as I have!  
If you want a copy of the behavior plan I use, just CLICK HERE.  

Have a great week!!


Sub Plans Made Easy with FREEBIES

Just a quick, simple tip today . . .

I have a professional development day today.

Probably the worst thing about having to take a day away from class is making sub plans.

Right?

Although I simplify my day a bit when I have a sub, the plans I leave are always very detailed. I always have flashbacks to those days I subbed in classrooms where everything was very vague. Not fun.

But, as I've said a zillion times, I like things quick and easy when it involves the "management" of my work day. Sub plans are no different.

I have my sub plans saved on my computer. I use the same easy routine for subs (regardless of the content being taught each day). This way, all I have to do is change a few items on my sub plans, but the general routine and idea stays the same.

Since I keep my lessons plans digitally, it is very easy for me to take a quick glance at what I have prepped for the day and then type up plans that are easy for my sub to follow. (When I'm sick, I just email the plans to the office so they can give them to the sub. Easy peasy.)



The first page of my plans provide my sub with the basic essential information, including my behavior routine. The following pages detail the day by blocks of time.

I paperclip these plans to the front of my daily folder. The folder contains everything they will need for the day. I leave it all at the front of the room for them.

Excuse the horribly blurry picture! You can find the weekly folder labels {{here}}.




You can grab sub plans image (shown below) that I use on my sub plans by clicking {{here}}.


I also let my kiddos know that my expectations for their behavior for the day is SKY HIGH because being a sub is a ridiculously hard job - and I expect them to do their best to make sure the sub has a fantastic day.

If you are writing or typing out new plans each time, I highly recommend keeps a "sub plans" template on your computer that you can edit quickly for the day you need them. It saves SO much time and ensures you have something nearly ready to go on those days you REALLY don't feel like making sub plans - editing a few key points is much easier than reinventing the wheel each time. ***edited*** a few peeps asked me for a copy of my plans. You can grab a copy {{here}}.

Have a fabulous week peeps!

Good Vibrations (teaching sound) and a freebie!

Yo, it's about that time
To bring forth the rhythm and the rhyme
or to teach physics!


We just finished up our process skills booklets and now that we are officially trained scientists, we will begin our first unit on Monday...Sound Energy! What?! that doesn't sound exciting to you!?
Well, when I first moved to 2nd grade, teaching an abstract concept such as sound, well...freaked me out! How was I going to teach 7 year olds about things you cannot see!?

After weeks of Pinteresting, Googling, and reading (and teaching it always helps, even if I was confused most of the time!) I finally put together ideas and activities to teach all about sound!

Here's what I am responsible for teaching in 2nd grade physics
I know right!? crazy. But here's what I came up with!
But I promise it's not all that bad! Is it as fun to teach as my beloved mealworms, no. But it is better than a few other units I've had to cover! We use lots of hands-on activities and demonstrations for this unit. A favorite are the tuning forks! Those little guys are amazing! fyi-do not put it on your earring...just trust me!

here's some little bits testing out different pitches and volumes
sorry-these pictures are 4 years old! 

and here were are testing how sound travels-our room is beside the boys restroom on our hall-so we already have a good idea of a few materials that sound can travel through!
we use a yard stick and then wrap it with foil then slip the stick out to test just the aluminum. 

DO you have to teach sound energy? If so, here's the very first activity we use (and you will see it on my visual plans this week when I link up with Deedee!) We will be going on a little sound field trip around the school to kickstart a discussion on loud and soft as well as nice sounds and not so pleasant ones.

and if you need more...check out my Good Vibrations unit!



and I leave you with this...because I CANNOT look at this unit and NOT sing some Marky Mark!


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