Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday Made It - Part 4

Hello All! I'm linking with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics again for another Monday Made It!



The last weeks of summer are flying by. And not at jet plane speed, either. That I could handle... But this lighting speed crud?? Come on!! Didn't I JUST say good-bye to twenty-four 4th graders?? Anyway, this week's Monday Made It contains a lot of "made its'. And I'm including a Freebie! Yay!

First up, my out-of-classroom-passes & sign for my sharp/unsharp pencils.

Last year I made REALLY cute passes (they were lost) and bought REALLY cute passes (they were also lost) so this year I QUICKLY made a-ok passes. I totally realize I will need to make more toward the end of the year. Last year I would just hand random objects to my students when they left the room... Paper flowers, a Native American talking stick, rubber bands-- Basically, whatever I grabbed. I got my super cute broken pencils / sharpened pencil printables from The First Grade Derby HERE!




Next up, classroom manager positions! While in college at the University of Houston (GO COOGS!), I attended an inservice called Consistency Management and Cooperative Discipline. As described on the website, CMCD is "is an innovative school-wide (preK-12th grade) research based, classroom-tested classroom management reform program that builds on shared responsibility for learning and classroom organization between teachers and students." Summed up: it's great. One of the points was having classroom "managers" with legit jobs that help the classroom function. Did I mention there needs to be a job for EVERY student?? Yes, that means I created 24 manager positions... As you can see from the pic, one is "Classroom Detective". Job Description? Helping me find items when I've lost them... hehehe! Also, my students will interview for their positions. I'll rotate them out every month or so to make sure everyone gets to manage their area of choice. FUN! Last year, my students took their jobs VERY seriously (and came up with the CUTEST interview answers) and it truly did make the classroom a functioning, cooperative place!




And now to my new system of turning papers in... Magnets! While at CAMT, I attended a session by Nikki Bitzer. She has a set of numbered magnets in her classroom and when students complete their assignment, they get their number magnet and use it to secure their paper to the board. The numbers are assigned in alphabetical order-- and students keep them in the correct number order on the board-- so when you collect the papers, THEY'RE IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER! Gradebook WIN! Also, it's super easy to see who hasn't turned their work in. Love this idea! 




Lastly, I pinned an awesome "STOP: Please stop what you're doing and make a better choice" sign weeks ago. When I finally got around to following the the blog link, I was taken to Ms. M's Blog. Great blog- but I could not find the sign anywhere. So I made my own little guys. I think these are an awesome and discreet way of redirecting a kiddo while teaching. Just walk up to the student and place one on their desk and they'll get the hint! I'm always circling the room so other students wouldn't even realize what's happening. Awesome! Want some? I've uploaded mine HERE



Well, colleagues, I hope your summers have been fantastic. Enjoy these last lazy moments!


69 comments:

  1. I use stop signs in my classroom, too, and I find them very effective! Seeing yours reminded me how worn out mine have become over the years. I'm off to print and laminate some fresh new ones!

    Thanks!
    Tamberly
    A Window Into Mrs Wheeler’s Class

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  2. I teach special education students, some of whom may not react well to verbal reminders. Your stop signs will be perfect. I was so sad to miss CAMT this year - crossing my fingers I can make it next year. Have a wonderful school year (from one Coog to another!).

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    1. Woot! Go Coogs!! I'd love send you a copy of my M&Ms icebreaker if you'd like! Just send me your email! :)

      -Katie

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  3. Love those stop signs. Thanks for sharing!

    Brandi
    Success in Second Grade
    Don’t forget to check out My Summer in Pictures Linky Party

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    1. You're welcome!! I'd love to send you a copy of my M&Ms icebreaker poster. Send me your email if you'd like one! :)

      -Katie

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  4. Hello,
    I tried to download the stop sign, and it said that I needed to request access from you. Please share :)
    Emily
    I Love My Classroom

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    1. So sorry about that! It's fixed now- download away! :)

      -Katie

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  5. The stop signs are a great idea!

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  6. Cute signs! I also love your blog name! I am your newest follower! Come check my blog out when you can! I have a freebie giveaway going on right now!

    Tonya
    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

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  7. Thank you for making new stop signs, I also tried to find them on the original blog and was not successful.

    Terri
    first-tastic.blogspot.com

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  8. We used similar stop signs in 2nd grade! I am your newest follower. I would love to have you come by and visit my blog.

    www.ateacherwithoutaclass.com

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  9. Love the stop signs!! What a great idea. I have given up on hall passes and now just have my fourth graders sign out on a clipboard when it is break time. Love your cute passes and how they can be easily replaced!
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  10. I tried to download your stop signs, as well, and it just takes me to an ad for Google download clouds, or something... Is there anyway you could email them to me?
    janie.peace@hallco.org

    Thank you in advance! (Love your blog!)

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  11. Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to use these in my 2nd grade class this year!

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  12. I was also sent to an add for Google... please email how to get the stop signs. Thanks! =) tlwyble626@yahoo.com.

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  14. I love your better choices idea! I am adding it to my "bag of tricks"!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Kathie
    The Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher

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  15. Thank you so much for your ideas, and your stop sign download. I was just wondering if you have your class manager job cards available for download too. Or perhaps for purchase? I too have a job wheel with job descriptions as my management system, but it needs some updating so I'm looking for tips.
    Cheers! -Becky

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    1. Hey Becky! I just updated about how I do my classroom managers. Hope it helps! If you have any other questions, let me know :)

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  16. I just love your blog- you really have the best ideas! I'd love to add you to my google acct also- I'm laustin@staff.ccisd.net

    I'd love to see your M&M activity as well and was wondering if you'd be willing to share some of your job categories?

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    1. I just posted about my manager positions & will send you a copy of the ice breaker! Thanks for stopping by!!

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  17. Thank you for the stop signs. Those are awesome! The numbering system is great, too. I teach 8th Science so the magnetic number system may not work for turning papers in. However, I thought about giving each student a number(which are given alphabetically). Then, if they number each paper with their number, it will be easy to put them in alphabetical order.

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  18. Thank you for the stop sign document! I found it on Pinterest. I know you made these with classroom use in mind, but I'm thinking these will be great to use in my home with my children! Love it. Thanks again

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  19. Thanks for all your great ideas! What did you use for your classroom manager position cards? They look like you can slide a piece of paper in to rotate students' names. Great idea!

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  20. Love the stop signs! Perfect for my 7th graders, who can be challenging.

    Like you, I have used random objects for hall passes. now i have all my passes on lanyards, and the kids can wear them around their necks. They don't get lost and stay organized, hanging on my file cabinet. (I only have hall passes and restroom passes. THey are store bought heavy duty plastic and the lanyards help alot!)

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  21. I am printing the stop signes today! I will use your idea to create a green version to help honor and focus attention to the good behaviors as well! Thank You Thank You

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  22. I have some signs that I use, but I LOVE yours. They are so-o-o simple but yet more powerful than my "wordier" ones.

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  23. I teach first grade and one of my jobs is having the kids put the papers in order when they collect! I just teach them to go in backwards number order! Win! We have the papers organised and it is one of our standards (counting on and counting back)

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  24. I love your classroom manager pockets. Is there a way where you can make them downloadable?

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  25. .. or even just a list of your classroom manager positions and their roles... TOO CUTE!

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  26. Thank you so so much!!! You have great ideas and I have successfully started using the better choice cards. :)

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  27. I'm excited to use the stop signs! Thank you!

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  28. Its really great post...thanks for sharing..!! Plastic cards


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  29. Thanks for all your great ideas! Thanks for sharing...
    http://plasticcardmonster.com/

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  30. Thanks for posting these!! Been seeing it float around Pinterest and was glad to find your page!

    Katie :)

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  31. I love the font you used for the stop sign! What is it called??

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  32. I absolutely LOVE the stop sign idea! Thank you so much for sharing!!! I am constantly reminding student orally to "make a better choice" that I feel like my voice becomes white noise to them. I think this tangible way of SEEING it is brilliant! Can't wait to implement it this year.

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  33. I love this post! Do you have your jobs on a post or document to share? :-) I, too, have a job for every student, but I love the idea of "managers".

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  34. I Love these thank you for sharing!! I too teach 4th grade.

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  35. Thank you for sharing! I love these. I may have to use at the next staff development meeting for the teacher that never stops talking during a session!

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  36. Thanks for sharing this with us, I completely agree with you,
    Jobs Monday | full time job

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  37. I really like this font. What is it?

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  38. Just found your site! Love it, and linking to this page. Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to try out your stop signs :)

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  39. I used them in my classroom. I had seen it on another blog. I teach middle school, so I added some words.
    Front: STOP
    Back: STOP your behavior:get back to learning! Your behavior is causing a class disruption, causing loss of learning and/or causing harm to yourself or another student. STOP your behavior: get back to learning! You will speak with me after class.

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  40. Thank you for uploading the stop signs!

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  41. Came across your STOP signs this morning! Great idea...Thanks for sharing:)

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  42. Came across your STOP signs this morning! Great idea...Thanks for sharing:)

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  43. Love your stop sign idea! Unfortunately, the link only comes up with a Google 502 error code. Would you mind sending the download directly to my email? hstrange@mindspring.com

    Thanks!!!!

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  44. Love the stop signs! I'm curious how you go about collecting them? I am imagining that it becomes something you collect by hand and have a conversation with the student. I also think it would be good as a reminder for tracking if you are trying to collect interruption data on a student! I'd love to hear what you do.
    Hope you are enjoying the start of your school year.
    WigglingScholars

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  45. The stop signs are a good classroom management tool. Thank you!

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  46. Thank you for uploading your stop signs! I love them, and you saved me so much time by not having to make my own. Teachers are the most generous group of people in the world!

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  50. The stop signs are perfect and they're answering my unasked question about how I can tell a student silently to stop and think, without calling them out. Thanks for Sharing, your the best!

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  53. One of the more interesting magnetic signs was a sign shaped like a drop of blood-several of these were scattered all over the car.
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  54. I love this. THANK YOU so very much for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  55. Love the stop signs idea. i will definitely use them. I am from Houston and CMCD has made a huge difference in my classroom management skills. I love how you pre made your manager signs. Great ideas . thanks so much.

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  56. Thank you very much for the stop signs. I love the idea of non-verbal cues. Also, I really appreciate the option to download directly to my Google drive.

    I also wondered if you know how the flower magnets were made. I assign each student a number and have been thinking about a quick and visual way to see who has turned stuff in.

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  57. Thank you for sharing. This is such a simple idea.

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  58. I loved the stop sign idea. I will pass it along to the pre-service teachers with whom I work. I wonder what type of follow-up you do after the "stop sign" is placed on a student's desk? Do you talk with them when they return it, do you put a "GO" Thanks for making a great choice" sicker on the other side so they let you know when they've made that decision? I"m interested in your follow up ideas!
    I'd also love a copy of your classroom job list as well as your Ice Breaker activities.
    With appreciation,
    Beth Kennedy
    bethjkennedy@gmail.com

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