In addition, I have training on Thursday and Friday for our new reading curriculum. My district has just adopted Success for All for kindergarten, and my head is spinning at the idea of overhauling my daily schedule. However, I'm determined to keep a positive attitude!
Anyway, as I have been laying awake at night going over my lists and mapping out my new schedule I realized that I need some support. Lucky for me, I know just where to find that support. Yep, this is where you come in! I have some questions, and I would love your feedback!
First, a friend of mine just received her first job teaching 3rd grade. She asked if I could recommend any good blogs to follow that would give her ideas for language arts and reading. Sooo.....if you are a 3rd grade teacher or if you know a 3rd grade teacher, would you please leave the link so I can pass it along? That would be awesome!!
Second, I would like some advice. My school has a building-wide behavior system that is color coded. I'm sure many of you are familiar with this type of behavior plan. I have been able to use this system effectively over the years, but I'm just not married to it. While I can't completely trash it, I might be able to subtly *tweak* it in my classroom. (Shhhhhh!) I have read about other color-coded behavior systems that are more of a spectrum allowing students to move up when behavior is above and beyond or down when behavior needs some work. Unfortunately, I don't know where I was reading about it so I can't give proper credit. However, I will tell you it is not my original idea. My system already includes colors that represent negative consequences, but I think I would like to add colors that represent positive consequences. Soooo.....have you ever used a similar color system? And, do you think it was effective in promoting positive behavior....which is/should be the goal of any system?
I hope you'll take some time to share some feedback! With my BFF