February 7, 2016

To Class DoJo or Not to Class DoJ?

Class DoJo seems to be and has been one of the most popular communication tools that teachers at my school are using right now, but I am not yet sold. While I should just give it a try, I am looking for some feedback, positive or negative. 
     I would be excited about the opportunity to be able to better communicate with parents and send them pictures more easily. On the other, I do have several families who do not access to computers and/or the Internet. Also I am concerned with the idea of giving red points to students publicly and having that be the cause of anxiety for some students. 

     I am looking for some input. :) Thank you!

February 28, 2015

A Glimpse at our 100th Day of School

  100th Day Super Hero Capes!

My daughter wearing her 100th Day Super Her Cape - (Each Class Had a Different Color Cape) This was taken as we started our 100th Day Super Hero Parade! 

Putting Together a 100 Link Chain

Playing With 100 Balloons Before We Saw How Long It Took Us To Pop Them!

Dressed Like We Are 100 Years Old!

February 24, 2015

The Countdown Begins!!

We will finally be celebrating the 100th Day of School this Friday! Due to the number of snow days that we have used this winter and February vacation, the 100th Day has been pushed back further and further. Well I am happy to say that it is finally here! The 100th Day of School is like a holiday to me! I have to say that it is my favorite day of school. Better than the first day and even better than the last.
        I have loved, loved reading about some new 100th Day ideas on Pinterest and some different blogs and would love to hear from you if you have a last minute, must-do activity that I should include in my day of fun! Will share our day soon!

February 9, 2015

I Need Your Ideas Please!!

I am a firm believer in the co-teaching model. My school implemented this model over five years ago dissolving all self-contained classes that we once had in the elementary school and have not looked back since. Having two teachers in the classroom as well as a teaching assistant allows us to implement small group instruction for the majority of the day.

Needless to say with the elimination of the self-contained classrooms, we have absorbed any and all students with emotional needs, and/or behaviors. These past few months have been on the more difficult side with one of our students and I am looking for simple behavior plan ideas. This student often has emotional outbursts and needs to be removed from the classroom for swearing and prolonged meltdowns. We remove him to a quite empty room and bring him back when he is ready. He is currently in the process of being evaluated, but functions at about a three-year old level.

We have tried using pictures –(happy/sad), first/then charts. He really is not ready for a behavior chart. I am looking for any and all of your suggestions please!

      Thank you in advance for your ideas! J