Woohoo! We found many of our lost lunch bags today :)
I did a quick check-in with the students after morning arrival; thumbs up for 'excited to be back', thumbs sideways for 'meh, school is ok' and thumbs down for 'I don't want to be at school' ... and we had NO THUMBS DOWN! I'd say that's a really good start.
As students entered the room they had a lot to do, on their own. Right from the beginning of the school year I support our students with self-regulation by asking them lots of questions:
- did you hang up your bag?
- did you check your bag for your Home Notes Folder?
- did you put the folder in the bin under the SmartBoard?
- do you have a morning job to do? (Our "Super Kids" do things like unstack chairs, sharpen pencils, check and tidy our table top cubbies, empty the recycling and more!)
- are you sitting quietly on the carpet and reading?
- are you quietly chatting with friends? if so, be sure they did their morning routines too!
*After a few weeks, students should be able to follow these steps on their own :)
After arrival, we went through our schedule for the day, located in the blue pocket chart next to our calendar. Giving students the chance to ask questions about what to expect during their day and what they are expected to do, helps them with the transitions later on.
We had an assembly! We met Mrs. Wheeler our Prinicpal and Mr. Szonyi our new Vice Principal and all the other primary teachers at both HPAS and Annette. The best part is that WE EARNED THREE GEMS! Students earn 'gems' as a class as positive reinforcement, when they ALL take part in achieving a goal. Our 3 goals were 1) walk to the assembly respectfully through the halls, 2) listen quietly to the speakers 3) walk back to class without disturbing the other classes - way to go, we did it!!
After recess, we listened to the story David Goes to School and learned that David, wasn't a very good listener. We all promised that we would be respectful listeners throughout the whole school year. To keep our promises, we started writing our own 'Four Agreements' book (we'll learn about the other 3 agreements soon!). To finish off this lesson, we listened to another read aloud I Love School and realized that if we all cooperate and treat each other the way that we'd like to be treated, then we'll love school too!
After lunch, we took a break from the heat and watched 2 Franklin filmsFranklin Goes to School and Franklin's New Friend - both very on topic for this week ;)
Then we met Helena, our Gym Teacher. We're going to see her twice a cycle (5 days) for Physical Activity AND we get to go swimming at the Community Centre Pool every other cycle too! (more info to come).
After recess, we're going to have centre time again; we'll rotate around the room, see what fun toys and activities we have and make some new friends.
Another great day in Room 102! Phew - that went by fast!
In our Room 108 Classroom Community, we foster an engaging, respectful and caring environment. I aim to balance a consistent program with flexible responsiveness to students' individual needs.