So, during the first week of school, I cut the days from my planning binder into a strip and wear it around my wrist like a bracelet! I do! Ser.i.ous.ly!
We change activities so frequently the first week of school and there is no “routine” yet, obviously, so I need it to make sure I hit all of the procedural things like a gazillion times. This is my solution.
My previous student teacher from two years ago used the bracelet factor for something similar when she wanted to keep better track of how many verbal warnings she gave out – she just made herself a paper bracelet to mark tallies on and voila – simple solution!
My kinders start tomorrow, and I have three of these ready and waiting!!! So many things to go over with them …. and we know kinders at the beginning of the year cannot have even a moment of dead time while you try to remember what we were doing next!! GENIUS IDEA!!! – Trish Munson
I used this idea last year and it was a huge stress reliever! All the wiggling, boundary pushing, question asking, tears, rules reminding, procedures modeling, and more can be very distracting. This year my first three days have gone well and I didn’t forget anything, (though skipping things due to wiggly little people will always be a factor) because of this idea! Other staff members notice it and ask about it. I tell them “my blog friend is brilliant!”. Thanks Leslie! – Jan Reed