Kindergarten is truly my passion and I love to help children grow and learn, but recently I was able to tap into my second passion of helping teachers teach their kids using high expectations, urgency, intention and engaging methods. I went to Rupert Idaho with Jen Jones and Kami Butterfield, and was able to help teachers in the Minidoka School District! We had a blast, the teachers learned alot and many teachers were begging for more, so now they are following us all on social media and are excited to continue learning. I shared my management strategies in Rupert, so I figured I would share them here also!
I wanted to share how I manage my classroom with success. I will be the first to tell you, IT ISN'T EASY! and it takes a lot of time, energy and patience, but students in kindergarten CAN complete independent activities, they CAN complete project based learning on the iPads, they CAN reach high expectations and they CAN leave my classroom reaching benchmarks, knowing their success and being proud of their growth!
I use three different call and response strategies in my classroom. We practice them starting on the first day of school. I always start with the Mac and Cheese, Stop and Freeze next I say "where should your eyes be?" and my kids say "on you." This is my favorite strategy because honestly.... mac and cheese is my favorite food! haha.
I just started using "zip it, lock it" "put it in your pocket" this year as a strategy to use if the classroom is getting a little noisy in the classroom.
And this year I also added a magical word. For some reason this year, I would be in the middle of giving directions and half of my class would be walking off the carpet ready to get started..... on what, I have no idea, because I hadn't finished giving directions! haha. So I created the word SHABAM, and when I say it, the kids can leave the carpet and begin working.
If you're looking for a video on how this works in my classroom? I recorded for the iteachtvnetwork, click the link and you can enjoy the video!