Our school has started using SEL (Social Emotional Learning) this year.  Two of the things that have made a big difference in the class behavior is "Self Talk" and "Focus Eyes."  Self talk is when a student tells him or herself the class rules and procedures.  The opposite of this is "Teacher Talk."  Teacher talk is when the teacher has to tell the student the rules.  All of the students want to show self talk when we walk down the hall, sit on our rug, or go to our centers.  When it is time to get the students' attention, say "Focus eyes in three, two, one."  Point out which students have great focus eyes.  The students work hard to get the biggest focus eyes.


Big Focus Eyes!


Class Management

Class Room Procedures  These are the procedures that the students are taught at the beginning of school so that my expectations for student behavior are clear to the students.  We practice these a lot at the beginning of school and we also come back to them through out the year as a refresher when the behaviors start to slip.
 Rug Procedure.ppt This shows the expectations for activities on the rug when student focus is required.
 Dame Cinco.ppt When I need the students to freeze and look at me, I say "Dame Cinco" which means give me five in Spanish.  I hold up my hand when I say the words.
 Pair.share.1.ppt Students work with a learning buddy in the classroom.  This teaches the expectations for buddy work.
 Entering.Room.doc This sign is outside my door by the sign-in book.  The students know what to do when they enter the classroom.
 Line Procedure.ppt This is how we move through the building.  One student is the line leader.  That person is the boss of the line.  When the line gets to a stopping place, the leader walks back by the line giving a "thumbs up" for students who are doing the line procedure correctly.  If not, the student gets a "thumbs down" and must go the the end of the line.



Students who need a focus for their behavior are given a behavior contract.  You can change the focus of the plan at the top.  Behaviors are recorded in the center column and a Y or N is given for whether or not they have achieve the goal.  If students only get one N, the paper is thrown away, 2 N's and the student owes a time out, 3 N's and the paper is sent home, 4 or more and the parent is called for a conference.

Science Behavior Charts

Check out the science behavior charts that have been added.  This is a way for students to learn more science vocabulary and to see their behavior for the day. 

Science Resources