Happy "almost-officially-summer" everyone!!! We just got back from a family vacation to DISNEYLAND and the beach. It was GREAT fun!Aileen Miracle's linky party. She posted last week, but being on vacation I wasn't able to link up until now. Since I'm late to the party I'm going to try to post some different ideas than the others that I've read. . . . but I'm sure I'll overlap a bit. So, here are 5 of my tips for "Dazzling Discipline" in your classroom.
This brings me to pacing. I have 45 minute classes. This is a LONG time for a 6 year old. I vary my lessons with areas of concentration and relaxation. Now, either of those areas if extended too long will lead to management problems. I remember working daycare in high school The general rule of thumb was when giving a time out to a child, you give one minute for each year they are old. I use the same rule of thumb in lesson planning. The activities with my first graders last no longer than 6 minutes, that's as long as they'll stay focused on something- especially those areas of concentration. This doesn't mean that I MAKE my areas of concentration last for 11-12 minutes with my older kids, but I do make sure I don't go over that for my 5th graders. Now, for those areas of relaxation, I try to gage the students' rate of excitement. It's good to end an activity right before the height of the excitement. I want to hear them moan that we're ending an activity. It's much better than them groaning because we "have to do it again." :)
I hope that some of this helps! I've got vacation brain so I hope that it makes sense! Don't forget to go check out all the other fabulous blogs that linked up with Aileen!