Technology in the classroom and teacher resources blog
I taught English for a number of years at this kindergarten designed by renowned architect Takaharu Tezuka. An amazing place to be as a student. A challenge as a teacher when kids are allowed to roam freely, but once you become accustomed to the lifestyle and ethos it is an amazing place to be.Read more >>>
I saw this wonderful idea in Pinterest. It caught my attention as a nice straightforward, stand alone solution to behavior management.
I am very interested to know how you would use this in class. It looks a great idea, but I would like some input from someone who has used this successfully or indeed unsuccessfully.
To make this you will need
Ensure that children can reach into easily, and not break the jar it falls to the floor.
This is how I envisage myself implementing this in class
- I create a tub of cool down cubes as seen in the picture.
- When I see a child with known behavioral issues becoming stressed or agitated, I place this on their desk.
- The student then takes a cube and carries out the recommended action.
- Hopefully over time the student becomes familiar with all the suggestions on the cubes, and is able to calm themselves down without it.
Positives that I can see of this system include...Read more >>>
Last year in my K3 class we divided the students into 4 separate groups - autumn, spring, winter and summer. So they could find out where to sit I printed a season theme image and sellotaped it to the table. This looked great for the first few weeks. After that however the children started picking at the tape, food got under it, it became generally dirty and tacky looking. Before lunch we wipe the tables but the label would not be clean.
This year I tried using small baskets as pencil boxes with a label for each season on each one. These did not last. Some children have picked at the graphics, and they have become very gray overall from sharpening pencils. I’ve been looking for an alternative since then and I came across the following idea on the Easy Peezie Lemon Squeeze Blog. Full details on the blog, but essentially it is a balloon with the centre name attached to the basket. It hangs from the ceiling so the little ones cannot get their dirty fingers on it. In each basket is a cute fluffy toy. Our tables don’t move around so much, so hopefully I am not going to bang my head on them all the time.