I'm back in school mode a bit and thanks to Kristen from Creative Clips (among other amazing artists) and her amazing graphics, I've been checking things off my to-do list!
(1) Mini-Signs and Sign Holders
I found these frames at Michael's for $2. I passed by them once already, so when I went back, I had to get them. I picked up 6 because there are a ton of possibilities for them. For now, I made some signs for our Open House night.
They came in two styles (one horizontal and one vertical) I went with the vertical and the white, although they did have some other colors also (I want to say pink and green for sure...)
I then started making some mini 4x6 signs (love powerpoint... takes the guessing out!)
One follower asked how to use PP to make the signs the correct size. All you do is select the rectangle tool. Then, when you start to drag the shape, look for the box that tells you the width and the height. Since I'm working with a 4 x 6 frame, I made my box 4 x 6 by pulling it to those dimensions.
Or... drag a rectangle any given size. Right click it to get the drop down menu and select format shape.
On the left side, choose size. You'll then get this screen where you can manually type in the size you want (I would type in 6 for height and 4 for width. You'll be set them with signs to fit your frame.
I made mini signs for the supply drop off that goes on during Open House. These were super simple to put together and you can put two different signs in and view from both sides (I've already got ideas for centers, mini-anchor charts for specific students, etc.).
I fooled around with the border a bit that I made. This was the first one. I didn't like how you couldn't see the green/orange side as well, so I did fix it on some of the signs above. My OCD really is kicking in and I'm trying to resist wasting ink and printing again.
Thanks to Creative Clips for the circle graphics, From the Pond for the scribble background, and Hello Fonts by Jen Jones!
If you'd like to grab these borders for your own mini-signs, you can grab the template here
(this is the first time I'm trying to use Drive... bare with me)
(2) Conflict Resolution Visual
Previous, I blogged about the Peace Rug that I use to help kids solve conflicts they have. This was the first year that I used it, and it helped in many instances. I wanted to have an even more "step-by-step" resource for students to reference while they are at the Peace Rug. We did a lesson from Health Teacher- our health curriculum (that is how I get the upgraded GoNoodle... love it!) on conflict resolution and I actually heard students using these steps. My teammate wanted to know the exact steps too so he can enforce them in his room (since I teach all 3rd graders health). So I made this visual to hang...somewhere... in our room to reference!
There's 4 steps in all.
Each poster has some guiding prompts to help students go through the process. This is all to help lead them towards independence (and doesn't take instructional time away from me) when they are dealing with conflicts with each other.
(3) Assertive Cards
We are a RC school (I've talked about this before) and I truly believe in it... as long as it is done with fidelity. It wasn't always this way until I started to really invest in all aspects that I had been trained on and I found to be able to run a classroom with practically no external motivators (prizes, treats, etc.). It doesn't work for every kid, but I do think it works for the vast majority. Because of that, I am always trying to find ways to be more thorough with it. One aspect is the CARES- cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, self control. Every rule and expectation in our classroom and school can be tied back to one of these aspects.
The most difficult one for my kiddos to understand is assertion. Then, once again, my teammate Mr. S shared a story that happened with one of his students. The student hadn't turned in her field trip permission slip. When Mr. S. asked her, she said, "We'll my mom didn't sign it." Mr. S. pushed further and asked if she showed her the form. Her response, "No." This was a perfect time to teach her about being assertive for her needs- and Mr. S. did just that. The next day, the student came back so proud that not only was she assertive, but she got her permission slip signed. We started talking and realized our kids didn't know all the chances they have to be assertive, so I made these cards to roll out in our first couple of weeks of school so that they not only see all the ways they can/should be assertive, but it will allow them to practice what it sounds like and feels like.
There's a few ways to use these cards, and I provided them on this page.
I also explained the 3 different ways you can respond: passive, assertive, and aggressive.
I then included 12 cards (6 examples for home and 6 examples for school) that have different scenarios.
I'm off to start pinning ideas for my next MMI!!