What I learned this week

If you are using a smart board, be aware that having children fill in data or answers can take a long time, leading to boredom and management issues. As an alternative, leave the pages up and have the children fill in the data on their own during the day.

The children tend to start loosing it toward the end of Friday afternoon. It's best to give in and spend the last 10 - 15 minutes doing cleanup (especially if it's an art period).

A neat idea for teaching respect - the Sparkle jar. Each week the students get the name of a classmate and must fill in a form that says "I think Johnny sparkles because..." and then some good thing Johnny did during the week. Students collect these in sparkle envelops they can take home. Also a good book on manners Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller

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