First day of Student Led Conferences are over and I am happy to report that the parents and children were generally very happy with the results. Alas, I have to admit that Spring is upon us and I am have to adjust my teaching practice to accommodate to my current situation. The students are all lovely children, however I need from time to time pause for off task behavior. I still will value their personalities. I just need to keep my sanity and offer a more brain friendly environment that does not interfere with my teaching philosophy.
The following is a body of thought on how I hope to make the necessary classroom management improvements. I hope they prove helpful:
- Discussion- It is time for me to have a talk with the students about “March Madness” and how this time of the year brings out the hyperactivity in children. I will talk with them about it each morning for two weeks.
- Smile (even more) I find that this helps.
- “Let go of the reins.” The kids are more developed and independent than they were in August. I will give them their deserved space and choice.
- Meditate at home. I tried to schedule this at school but I am simply too busy. Teachers will understand what I am talking about.
- Brain Rules: I will check my copy of Brain Rules by John Medina for tips on coping with stress.
- Library visits:I will encourage more library visits and errands. ( This tip is from Dr. Michael Thompson) Watch this documentary video!
- Ukulele/Chess Lessons– I may offer lunchtime uke and chess lessons in return for more engagement and class time focus.
- Banana dance: Whenever the students are sitting too long, we do the “Banana Dance” Basically, we get up and dance as silly and stupidly as humanly possible. If the kids only knew I stole this idea from Chris Elliot.
- Brain Breaks: These look encouraging.
- Be happy. Keep your problems at home.
- Inspirational Quotes: Last year, we had a kid bring in an inspirational quote to share then post on the door. Amazing how this renews a sense of community.
- Future Focused: I plan to constantly talk about their future.
- Make note of our remaining days together. This will help them stay on task to get the most of their time left together.
- Plan shorter intervals of teaching, longer intervals of student thinking.
- Dojo: I usually abhor behavior reward systems but Dojo looks like it might work.
- Watch Ken Robinson’s video at home: This animation is good as it gets in reminding me of the overwhelming amount of distractions in this generation of kids. I gain new insight each time.
- Review the class agreements from the beginning of the year and let the kids make new ones.
Teachers; What do you do to combat boredom in the classroom?
Please share your thoughts. I am always looking for new ideas.
- Blog Post: Bing Your Brain: Teaching and Learning in a Searchable World (bing.com)
- Brain Rules: The Ultimate Guide To Brain Rules Ideas in Education (educationinnovation.typepad.com)
- A Teacher’s Tricks for Getting Kids to Listen (everydayfamily.com)
- With @ClassDojo – Go Paperless, Reach Common Core Standards, & Enhance Engagement! (teacherlingo.com)
- Exercise, math add up: Students work out bodies, brains (timesfreepress.com)
- The Most Common Speaking Mistakes Teachers Make: Part 2 (smartclassroommanagement.com)