Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Classroom Expectations

Students in Mrs. Smith's 1st grade classroom are expected to 'Be Safe, Be Responsible, and Be Respectful'.  We use the 'Above the Line and Below the Line' strategy for daily behavior accountability, which is a visual model in the classroom.  Students are either living above, or below, the line.  Each student starts the day above the line, with their name displayed on a star.  If any class rules are broken, and the student has been warned, their star may be moved below the line.  This is a visual cue for the student to change their behavior.

Mrs. Smith’s students also have the opportunity to earn tickets when they are following the rules of 'Be Safe, Be Responsible, and Be Respectful'.  When their star falls below the line, they must give a ticket back.  Depending on the individual behavior, consequences follow, such as losing time from recess or Learning Centers, and phone calls/notes home to parents as needed.  The greatest part about earning tickets is going shopping; a wonderful experience on Fridays, where students may purchase prizes using the tickets that they have earned!

This classroom procedure can be found through studying Quantum Learning, and an interesting read on 'Where on you living?' can be found here: 

~Mrs. Smith

Monday, August 13, 2012

Explore Our Class Website!

Welcome to Mrs. Smith’s ‘First Grade Wonders’ website! I am very excited to share with students, their families and friends the 'comings and goings' of our first grade classroom. Feel free to browse the site, and continue to check back regularly for updates.

I am a 2008 graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and earned my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education K-6 with an endorsement in English as a Second Language K-12. Currently, I am taking Master's classes through UNK in Reading PK-12. I love to learn and enjoy teaching and sharing with students the importance of being lifelong learners. I hope you find our classroom site useful, and are able to explore and discover!

~Mrs. Smith

"Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another." -- Marva Collins