I have a very sweet group of first graders this year. I have only 21 of them so my numbers are much lower than last year, which is so nice for small groups! However, I do have some challenges in my classroom this year. As many of you know, I have the inclusion classroom. This comes with not only academic challenges but behavioral challenges. Classroom management is one I take great pride in, but as always, we sometimes need to get creative as teachers and our general management techniques do not always work for each and every child that steps into our classroom.
We have only had three full weeks of school, but I have already needed to create and implement some behavior strategies for one of my little sweeties. I adore this little kid – I can tell that deep down, there is an ability to not only behave but a hidden excitement for learning. My goal this year is to develop and achieve both of these goals. 🙂
This strategy was developed to help my student sit at the carpet appropriately. We were having trouble with not only sitting on our bottom but resisting the want to make distracting noises, keep our hands to ourselves, and focus on what we are learning. During read alouds, I was having to stop every two pages to give a verbal reminder, prompt, or warning. This was not only exhausting but it was taking away from the purpose and focus of my lesson for the other kids. After collaborating with the wonderful intervention specialist who I co-teach with (I truly cannot sing her praises enough), we came up with this visual reminder to help my little buddy check himself at the carpet.