Teaching special ed has taught me the power of visuals. My students do SOOOOOO much better if they have a visual reference. And that goes for anything!
I've been using this awesome visual from Deanna Jump's and Deedee Willis' Writing Through the Year packet to encourage my students to sit properly when we meet at the carpet for morning meeting.
The binder clip allows me to easily take the chart on and off the wall without having to poke a billion holes in it or take out the thumb tack. That brilliant idea came from the other resource teacher in my room.
The first thing I do when we all come to the carpet is remind the students what a good listener looks like. I always refer to the chart. During the morning meeting, I can quickly refer to the chart if someone is not sitting the proper way. Most of the time, a quick reference to the chart will get my students back on track.
I noticed that while my students were improving their ability to sit properly on the rug they were having HUGE problems sitting at the small group table. Oh man, I was telling them 100 times to sit in the chair the right way, quit playing, stop this, stop that, on and on and on. I was tired of reminding them and tired of listening to myself speak.
So my Good Learners visual chart was born!
I just started using it on Friday, so I can't say exactly how effective it will be. But I believe it will help!
If you want your own Good Learners chart, please click on the pic to download yourds.
How do you keep your kids on task and sitting properly?