Daily Picture Schedule
Some English Language Learners in your classroom might not understand all the words that you are saying, but it is possible for them to understand the routine of each day through pictures. Each picture on the schedule should have the time, in addition to a corresponding picture demonstrating the activity.
- In order to have successful learning environment, children need to understand and follow classroom rules. It is critical that your rules are posted and understood from the very beginning to avoid any misunderstanding, discipline issues, and to keep your losing sanity intact. Here are a few strategies to teach your classroom rules:
- Use visual cues to communicate your expectations in a positive way. For example, post rules with pictures in your classroom, use picture cards, symbols, and a positive rewards chart.
- As the teacher you should model the desired behavior. For instance, if you want them to sit down, then you physically need to model sitting down.
- Always be consistent and treat each child fairly. Once your children learn and understand your expectations, hold them equally responsible for their behavior.
Build a Responsive Environment
Teachers can foster children’s social-emotional skills by building a sense of trust and creating a responsive classroom. A responsive environment reinforces positive behaviors. Teachers and families can use these preventive strategies in order to increase children’s social emotional skills. This purpose further minimizes negative behavior within the classroom. Teachers and parents should have an open communication with one another and work as a team. This will provide the children with the most ideal learning environment. Below are some examples of preventive strategies:
- Greet each child every morning
- Reinforce positive behaviors in your classrooms with a complement jar and verbally recognize role models.
- Accept all personalities, teachers should respect the personal uniqueness of each child. Teachers can promote each child’s personal uniqueness by displaying children’s family photos and encouraging children to share something special about them. Invite families to the classroom to share special traditions or experiences.
- Create a developmentally appropriate classroom by teaching through the child’s interests. Not only would this environment keep children engaged, but also inspire them to learn.
- Use many communication strategies to connect and build partnerships with families. For example, a daily folder, newsletters, open door policy, and providing volunteer opportunities in the hope those families will become involved in their child’s learning.
The Stoplight Behavior Management System
How it works: If a school or classroom rule is broken, the child receives a warning, after multiple warnings their clothespin is moved to the next color. Everyone begins each day on green.
Warnings: After 3 warning a child’s clothespin will change to yellow. If multiple warnings continue theChild’s clothespin changes to red and the child will not receive an award at the end of the day and not be able to participate in special activities.
Rewards: The stoplight system is used to reward children who behave appropriately. Everyday, the teacher give children who stayed on green all day, a reward such as a sticker.