Sunday, March 11, 2012

Morning Student Behavior Plans

I am a planner. I actually enjoy writing lesson plans! I know I feel better about my day if my plans (including my home schedule) are organized and reviewed each morning.  I have found that even having students plan for their day helps them to get off to a great start. I started years ago by having my students really think about what centers they would like to work in that day. I would ask them to write the center name and a sentence about what they would like to do in that center.  This was years ago when the majority of my centers were thematic based. Over the years student plan writing in my classroom has evolved. After having a couple of "highly energetic" classes that resulted in lots of office referrals I decided to move the focus of student plans from center work to behavior. Now I still ask them to write the names of their thematic center choices but I also ask them to think about their recent behavior and to focus on that for their plan.  After reviewing our rules each morning I give the kids just simple scrap paper. They are to think about any behavior issues they had the day before and focus on improving in that area.

"I am going to do what the teacher says."

Now if they happen to be one of those "super star behavior kiddos" I encourage them to think of ways they can help their classmates.  These are always my favorite student plans! Kids really do want to help each other and their plans are so thoughtful!

"I am going to help my friends by cleaning up."
"I am going to follow directions quickly by reading with someone."

After the plans are written they can share them with each other. I usually pick a couple to share with the whole class to focus on.  I still have them write down the names of the centers they would like to work on and occasionally we will discuss those choices and the activities they plan on working on as well.  I can honestly say that having the children write and  discuss their behavior plans has been a HUGE help in the behavior department!  I've even caught them reminding each other about their plans if they catch each other breaking one of our rules! This in turn has helped with the non-stop tattling as well.  It's a win-win situation!

I am sooooo excited to say that I got this lovely award from Angela at Primarily Primary!!

 Wow! I have coveted this one...I think the button is so cute. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!  I would like to also send this award onto two other lovely blogs.  Stop by and check them out if you haven't done so already...they are great resources and of course "lovely!"
Heather's Heart

A Cupcake for the Teacher

Thank you again Angela and I of course think that your blog is a lovely blog too! Have a great weekend!
                                                                                                                    Mrs. M

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad that I found your site. You are so organized which is truly inspiring. Thank you - looking forward to following you!


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