Saturday, April 16

end of the year manners

The end of the year is approaching...albeit we have nine more weeks to go. The kinders are showing signs of summer fever already. I am watching them act more and more like siblings, bickering and tattling endlessly. Behaviors in general are going downhill...kids are taking things, bugging each other intentionally, disrupting, and appearing un-phased by the usual consequences. Is anybody else out there going through the same thing? Your suggestions on how to rev these guys back up for the last nine-week push would be hugely appreciated! I've been dancing around and singing my wee heart out, having heart-2-hearts with them, breaking out the primary reinforcers, you name it...please help! :o(

5 comments:

Gladys said...

I know how it is...I find that my firsties' behavior has also been difficult to say the least...I have been using skittles as a reinforcer lately (last trick up my sleeve kind of thing!)...you'll be surprised what kids do for 1 skittle! Lol!

Andi said...

I feel your pain! I've had to do lots of rules reminders, modeling, etc.. My Student Teacher is slowly backing off teaching and I've really had to reinforce the rules and expectations to get them back into shape as "MY" students again. FUN! I split them up into table groups and award points as often as I can. The first group to get the 20 points, gets to eat lunch with me in the classroom and I'll throw on the Disney Channel. What they won't do to get out of that cafeteria!

Angela said...

Gladys, Yes!...the power of a Skittle! Do your kids do really well long enough to get the Skittle and start goofing around again? I have some of those...tried jellybeans this week. What do you do when you are teaching small groups to motivate kids across the room to stay on task and not fight/play around?

Andi, I have definitely been doing lots of rule reminders...they chant them and we are doing the WBT K-4 Scoreboard. I have done group points too...I tend to feel bad when a couple of kids ruin it for their teammates over and over. I am sure they love getting to eat with you and watch Disney...not an option for us, but very fun! I will have to come up with an irresistible incentive.

Thank you for responding!! :)

Terry said...

I am also doing WBT - and boy are we reviewing the rules a lot these days. They don't seem to mind that I am winning on the scoreboard. I have begun to single out the biggest offender though, and Dad has been to see me a few times last week. We are down to 5 weeks left so I'm trying to lighten up the load and just have fun. It seems to be helping.

Angela said...

I go over the rules every time we come back to the carpet it seems. And carpet is not too bad right now...it's table time and independent time that is the most "unruly". I think with 9 weeks left it's too soon to lighten the load...I'm feeling the time crunch. But, I'm going to step up the rewards. Check these out:
http://www.mrswillskindergarten.com/2011/04/student-awards.html
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Positive-Reinforcement-Notes-Certificates :)