Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I Can Shine If...

Hello Everyone!
So, bringing in groceries this morning, I caught my flip flop on the little step up from the garage, and fell hitting my head on the workbench! As I slowly got up, blood from a 2 inch gash above my eye was gushing everywhere! UGH! I am so clumsy!  Not sure if I need stitches yet, but I'm keeping an "eye" on it!!  (sorry-no pics!)
Are you wondering why I shared all that? Well, I'm taking it as God's little nudge telling me that I don't need to go up to school today.  I need to take a day and just sit on my couch!! :)  It gave me time to just enjoy some quiet time.  You know I'll be back up there tomorrow!!  I want to be totally organized and ready!!
During my quiet time, I redid my little classroom expectation sheet for both parents and the room.  Setting classroom expectations can be as simple or complicated as you want.  Mine is quite simple and self explanatory. Here's how I work it in my room for those of you who have asked!
My kids each have a little library pocket taped inside their cubby- very discreet. In the pocket, they have three reminder sticks, green yellow, and red. (You can pick up these colored sticks at WalMart. ) After introducing all of our expectations, kids will know that (after verbal warning), if poor choices continue, I will ask for the green reminder stick. If behaviors continue, the yellow and then the red. You can see on the chart the consequences.  Kids always have the opportunity to earn their reminder sticks back!  I don't sign folders until the end of the day.  We all make mistakes and should have the the chance to learn and grow and improve. Everyone gets all their sticks back to start a new day!

Click here for a free printable if you would like

Numbering the pockets and sticks with student numbers helps with organization (and knowing who's stick you have at the end of the day)

Mini poster to hang

Parent note

Hope this helps!
Now I think I'll head to the doctor!
No more flip flops for me!!



  1. OH, Nancy! I'm so sorry! I think this IS a sign to take it easy--and to ban flip-flops. I hope the doctor gives you a prize for being such a brave girl. ;)
    Take care,
    Teaching Fabulous Firsties!

  2. Great idea! I always need something "extra" for at least one little friend...this method will be perfect. Thanks for sharing!

    Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade
    Mrs. Wheeler TpT

  3. Hi Nancy!
    Oh my goodness! Please take it easy, and just rest!
    You were so sweet to post this...Thank you!

  4. I love your ideas & this is another great one! I hope you are okay & rest up. Hope you are feeling better soon. :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  5. So sorry for your mishap this morning!! Please take care of yourself.
    Ms. Jones’ Junction

  6. Oh no! Hope you are feeling better. I love your idea about the sticks!! When you ask the kids for the sticks is it also discreet or in front of the classroom?

  7. Hope you are feeling better! I like the idea that students get to earn their sticks back.We do a card system at our school and I think I am going to implement them having a chance to earn their cards back.Take it easy!

  8. I LOVE your I Can Shine idea! I've got quite a group this year and they need to learn how to shine =) Borrowing this idea for an anchor chart! Thanks for sharing!

    Kinder Kraziness

  9. Hope you feel better! I love your I Can Shine stuff! Great idea! We are your newest followers!

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