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Re: Clean-up/Discipline Strategies

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  • Don/Lynn Whitehead
    Hi all, My system is little complicated but has been very successful over the years. A little tough with 1st grade at the beginning but they get it evenually.
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 27, 2006
      Hi all,
      My system is little complicated but has been very successful over the years.  A little tough with 1st grade at the beginning but they get it evenually.  I have 4 laminated numbers, with magnets, on the white board.  I take one down at a time if it's too loud, kids aren't following directions etc. 
      At the end of class, after clean-up (to my standards) if they still have all 4 numbers I pull 5 popsicle sticks from a jar with each stick having a student's name on it.(they get one bonus stick for keeping all 4 numbers)   If they only have 3 numbers left, only 3 sticks are pulled, 2 numbers=2 sticks, 1 number=1 stick, 0=0.  I sometimes add a star to the board for coming in quietly, extra great cooperation, kindness, focused work habits...  A star equals another popsicle stick.  I make a big deal of the stars. "Wow, what a terrific bunch of kids.  I can't believe how well you...." 
      The kids whose sticks are called get to come up to a prize table (your choice of inexpensive items...pencils, small candy, stickers, cheap gel pens etc).  I remind them at clean-up time that we cannot pull sticks at all if the room is not clean and organized for the next group.  I look for table groups to praise and occasionally allow a whole group, who have cooperated well, to visit the prize table just for a change of pace.  This has worked very well for many years.  As the kids go up through the grades they know exactly what to expect and have not gotten tired of the system.
      As an aside, I think every teacher needs to be part actor.  Kids respond so well to the teacher's energy level and positive attitude toward their students.  You just have to be motivated and excited about what you are teaching whether you feel like it that day or not (that acting thing, again) 
      That said, there are definitely groups of kids who are very challenging.  I have had some real tough groups.  Sometimes you have to use some additional tactics.  If their teacher is a professional, she/he should help you develop a plan.  I have, at times, immediately sent certain kids back to their classroom when inappropriate behavior occurrs with the teachers cooperation of course.  This usually gets the point across rather quickly.  Younger kids may need be escorted back with a trusted student.  Good seating charts are helpful.  Humor is always a good strategy.  Very motivating projects can be an effective strategy all by themselves.
      Well, this is way too long.  Hope some of this is helpful.
      Lynn Whitehead
      Portland, Oregon
      Elementary Art Specialist

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