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Two Writing Teachers
A quick run down of my students: One student has a new baby sister at home, and this child is past exhaustion. Another has a very short attention span. One will talk to anyone who will listen. The fourth one stands and jumps if the lesson doesn't move fast enough.
The first day back was crazy. I felt like I was herding cats. I counted to five more than once. We finally accomplished a few things, and I returned them to class.
Is it the kids' fault? Nope. It's all mine.
A quick run down of my students: They are all eager to learn. They all need structure. They are all special little people who think coming to my room is the equivalent of a field trip to their favorite place.
On Wednesday, I cleared my head and started with expectations. I put name tags on the table to mix up their seating. I pulled out my color cards (green, yellow, orange, red) to remind them to stay on task and stay on green. I put a big stack of positive behavior coupons right on the table.
When I raised my expectations and gave them a solid routine, these cherubs rose to the occasion.
We've had two great days.
So much of teaching is setting routines, and setting up students to be successful.