Monday, February 25, 2013

Friends~My Eye of the Tiger & Doing Nothing Freebie is here!

Friends~My Eye of the Tiger & Doing Nothing Freebie is here!  The time of year when my kiddos start to get a little lax in their work ethic.  I know they are getting ready for Spring Break... I sure am but we still have our benchmark testing and the rest of the year to finish:)  I have been brainstorming ways that I could encourage them.  One way that has helped a lot is this silly song.  We sing it before we go out to work independently or in partners.   It reminds us that if we are doing NOTHING we are not learning anything!  Click any of the images below to download all 3 freebies!  
Doing Nothing Free PDF, photo
I also created this letter to send home with students that are really struggling with doing NOTHING.  I talked with the class and we decided that we really wanted to find a way to stay focused and that we did not want to waste a minute of our learning time.  They all liked the idea of the letter and the fact that I give a stop sign as a warning before the letter is sent home.  This gives them time to correct their behavior.  
It has been working beautifully, the students are even beginning to remind each other! 
Doing Nothing Free PDF, photo
We also started talking about our benchmark testing and how I needed them to stay focused so that they could show all that they have learned so far in 2nd grade.  I brought back this oldie but a goodie!  We listened to the song and analyzed the words.  We talked about how they connected to our benchmark testing and our daily work.

I am printing these tiger eyes below to place on my student's desks  this week as a reminder to stay focused and to try hard! 
Eye of the Tiger Free PDF, photo of

Friends~Just an alert on this.  I am getting some negative-like comments below and I am so open to everyone's opinion but I wanted to make sure it is understood that this letter and song are not used to humiliate students. 
 The song is sung as a class and they all get a kick out of it. It is a reminder.  The best part is, I don't have to say anything to the person that is not working. (No one really knows who is not working except the person who is not working.)  
 I just start the song and that is enough. 
 The letter is sent home privately only after lots of reminders.  I am all for independent thinkers, in fact I strive for independent learners that can think and monitor their own learning but at times there has to be a consequence to shape behaviors.  

I am very positive with my students and I work extremely hard to create a positive atmosphere in my student lead classroom.  I would love to hear your suggestions on how you handle students that do not work/do nothing on a consistent basis during centers.  
Doing Nothing meaning:
On a regular basis~
Watching others play computer games when they are assigned to another center.  (After several warnings.)
Using materials as toys for distracting themselves and others.  (After several warnings.) 
Off topic discussions that distract from centers.   
(After several warnings.)
Not completing assignments.   (After several warnings.)
I look forward to your comments and suggestions about how you have handled this in your classroom.