Resources And Ideas For Next Year
This post is to share ideas and products to help with the next school year. This seems a bit weird seeing as I just finished school today, but many teachers have been on summer break for a few weeks already.
My product is to help with behavior management. This can be an area that can be very stressful if it isn't handled well. I am not an expert by any means, but I have had some success with difficult situations and many times students are "earmarked" for my class.
Once, a boy was told by his brother that he needed to be in my class because "Mrs. Sequeira gets us!"
The funny thing about it is, he was correct. I did get them. Even though they had very different needs, I was able to help them to have a successful year.
This was not always the case, and I had a lot of lessons to learn along the way. Parenting helped and I used many strategies from home in my classroom. Watching and learning from master teachers also helped.
Here are some things I learned:
I discovered that if I spent the first few weeks focusing on self-esteem and how valuable each of us is, that set the tone for the rest of the year. I also found that focusing on the positive instead of the negative and beginning each day as a fresh start worked well.
I began using some of the material from Whole Brain Teaching in my classroom last year, and I continued with some of it this year. Unfortunately, due to a disrupted year end and start up because of labor disputes, I didn't do as much as I would have liked, but that which I did do was very effective.
Some of the rules were modified a bit to better fit my class. Rule 1 has the words "and correctly" added. Rule 3 is completely different because I don't require hands raised to leave seats. I have included the original versions as well.
The full version is available in my TPT store.
Another thing that has worked really well is removing the audience for negative behaviors. This was something I was already doing, but it was reaffirmed when I started using the Whole Brain Teaching. It is very powerful when the class helps to create the positive environment.
If you are interested in learning more about it, I would highly recommend it.
Head on over to my TPT store to grab your freebie.
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About Me Charlene Sequeira
I am a wife, mother of 4, grandmother of 9, and a retired primary and music teacher. I love working with kids and continue to volunteer at school and teach ukulele.