One of the reasons our classroom works is that we have a daily schedule that is posted on the board and in students' Homework Logs. We try to stay with the schedule and teach the routine of each activity. Can you guess what activity students are taking part in in the pictures below? We call it D.E.A.R. or Drop Everything and Read or Silent Reading. We usually have this activity right after lunch or just before students go home as it is a good way to calm things down before or after a major transition. It is wonderful to see everyone enjoying a good book. One favourite twist is when everyone gets to pick a favourite place to read. What fun!
Our Palmeropoly board is being used a lot as students earn many spins. Carter landed on a Chance square and drew the card that allowed him to bring something to school to share with the other students. He brought his Taekwando belt and explained some of the moves. Thanks Carter!
We also have started on learning to Stop and Think before acting. Nicholas and Mark led the lesson as they are familiar with the program. We practiced the steps for listening and how to make good choices using our Smartboard and fancy pointer! Check out the Stop and Think page on the website.
We also continued working on our HACE - Health and Career Explorations activity. Students are completing graphic organizers about themselves. They had a choice of completing the writing by printing or on the computer. The completed posters are wonderful - students used bright colours, fine-lined their printing and added details. Great work. These are going to look great on our bulletin board!
Mark also won the Share with the Class card on Palmeropoly. I have no idea how he managed to get his bear and his fish to school in his backpack. Must have been magic! What a great audience everyone was.
We also went on a journey with our iPads this week. On Thursday Keziah excitedly called me over and asked about the inscription on the front of the book she had chosen to read. When I looked, it was a book that had been given to my daughter Lana at the end of her year in Grade 1. I told them a little about what a great reader she was (and still is) and then thought it would be more interesting if Lana told the students herself. Lana uses technology in many ways in her work as a musician, film maker and website creator in San Francisco. So I got a hold of her on Facetime - Apple's video chat app. Keziah toured Lana through our school, showing her our classroom and our bulletin board. Then Lana went up to the rooftop on her apartment and showed everyone her view of the Golden Gate bridge. It was a great introduction to the ways in which the iPad can expand our classroom outside of its 4 walls.
This was a big week for Reflex Math. On September 19th student after student got the green light which means they answered enough questions to open up a special area. Everyone was so excited! We had a pretty busy week.
This is my second year as a District Behaviour Support and Intervention teacher with the New Westminster School District. My focus is on students who are having serious challenges with self-regulation across many domains - biological, emotional, cognitive, social and prosocial - at school, at home and in the community. My role is to provide support to teachers and teams to create an environment for success for the student.