Thursday, July 30, 2009

Planning for a tough class!

I've got a contract in a couple of weeks time and I've been told it's a pretty tough class. (Never really know whether that's true or not!) I've decided that I have to start planning now so that they don't get the better of me and also so that the teachers see I can handle any class.

Behaviour Chart
I've made a behaviour chart that hangs from a hook on the wall. Each child has their own peg with their name on it. If they do the wrong thing they have to move it up a circle. At the end of the day they get to start new and put their peg back to the bottom circle. This is what each circle means to the children.

Good Job - No bad behaviour all day so they don't move.

Opps - They've done something wrong and have the chance to turn their behaviour around with my consequences.

Time Out - They have to sit at the time out desk in the classroom. (The amount of time depends on the behaviour)

Miss a playtime - They have to sit out at the next play.

Office - If they make it this far in one day they are in big trouble and have to go to the office.

I'm also going to explain to them that if their behaviour is completely unacceptable that I can choose where I move the peg too.

Raffle Tickets
For those children who do the right thing I hand out raffle tickets during the week. At the end of the week I have a draw and they can pick from my prize box which I keep well stocked with fun bits and bobs for that age group. I'm also adding free time tickets for this class. I write on the blackboard the amount of draws they get at the end of the week (I usually start it off at 6) and they know that I can rub them out if they are not listening or I can add more for doing the right thing.

I'm looking forward to working with this class and especially with the more challanging children. I really do like to make a difference to them and find out about their interests. I'm also looking into buying a portable printer and fixing my laptop so it works fast enough for usb internet.

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