We will be spending a lot of time during the first six weeks of school spelling out expectations, articulating rules and establishing predictable structures.
1. The children are participating in guided discoveries. In a guided discovery children discuss, explore and practice the use of classroom materials so that they can take care of the materials and each other. They role play what we can do when something goes wrong, or when another child wants to share.
2.Soon, the children will choose a hope and dream for third grade. Each child will share their dream with the rest of the community. We will use these hopes and dreams as the basis for classroom rules. The discussion will begin with the question - “What rules do we need to have in our classroom so that everyone is able to fulfill their hopes and dreams this year?”
3. We are practicing, practicing, practicing all of the expectations. We practice lining up quietly, using quiet voices while working and even hanging up our backpacks in the cubbies. (**So far so good! The children have been fantastic and respectful. I am constantly amazed by them.)
4. Most importantly, we are getting to know one another. We are all special and unique and we have begun sharing small pieces of ourselves with one another.
***We put a strong focus on all of these activities so that we can continue to have an orderly, cooperative and stimulating learning environment where children feel ownership and safety.