1. Establish a gathering place for brain and body breaks...
We meet on the “carpet” in my class. We use it for whole group instruction, calendar, math, etc. I am moving to another room and I am trying to decide where to put the “gathering place”. In the new room, it will be next to our class library, so far. I like the idea of the empty space being near the books, so we’ll see how that goes. I know that it can’t be too large of a spot, because that encourages running!
2. Developing the concept of "good fit" books...
I would like to start the year with tweaking this concept by emphasizing interest. I made a point of there being 3 ways to read a book…by looking at the pictures, by looking at the words, or by retelling the story. At the beginning of the year, I focus on procedures more than actual reading levels.
3. Create anchor charts with students...
I love the idea of anchor charts! I plan to use them when we meet at the carpet to solidify learning. We will create them together, but I understand the idea that many other teachers had to make them ahead of time and fill them in with the students. We will see how this goes..I made a few last year, but this year will be a lot different.
4. Independent practice and setting up book boxes:
What will you use for book boxes?
What are you going to put in those book boxes on the 1st day of school?
Love the muscle memory idea! I have plastic book boxes with attached lids that we have used for years. For the first day, I may put books in, or let the students pick one…leading to the I-Pick ideas. I am not sure about doing that the first day though.
5. Calm Signals and check in procedures (Do you already have a signal? How will you handle check ins?) We use a bell for a signal. The check-in is a cute idea. We usually have a few students re-state the directions/information, but this is a good idea.
6. Using the correct model/incorrect model approach for demonstrating appropriate behaviors... Love this! I have to make a point of doing more of this!
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