When the line up procedure gets ragged, I make them practice it.
When my class is in the hallway and gets complimented on their
behavior, I make sure to point out to the children that "practice
makes perfect!" and to say "thank you for the compliment!".
I also add songs and rhymes to our line up and other routines. If
you've used the same song since September or August, it's time to
use a NEW one. They'll listen better!
February is right around the corner. There's no better time to
revisit classroom rules, manners, and friendship. T-net has a
great lesson available on "A Wrinkled Heart". I did it with my
I've been teaching for 35 years, and every year this happens. It
isn't you. The kids are getting older, gaining in social skills,
and stretching the limits. We need to refocus them!
On 12/17/14, Mary - OP wrote:
> Thanks everyone... I appreciate all of the great suggestions. I
> will def keep them in mind, including reflecting on my
> consistency. It helps to know that I'm not alone, lol!
> Thank you again & Happy Holidays! 2 days to go for me.