I was not going to post today because I seem to be saying the same thing each week but I decided to push myself and see what I might say today that would be different.
My classrooms (5th in the am and 4th in the pm) have been on a roller coast ride of behavior. ( This is where I am stuck.) One day their behaviors are so unbelievably bad and the next I will look around the room and they are all working quietly helping each other and I am amazed.
We can’t seem to find a flow that lets us stay in the happy place of learning. I plan, I organize, I create structure, we have small meetings, and large meetings. We discuss behavior, we discuss behavior – did I say we discuss behavior.
It is the small steps that I need to hold on to to help me see change. Those small steps I see each night as I sit down to journal. I have been writing almost nightly a list of 10 things that are going well each day. It makes me feel better and helps me see the small growth in my students and in each class.
What I am not doing is sharing those 10 items or creating a 10 item list with my classes. I verbally let them know when I see small and large changes that are good but I think it is the daily listing that could make a difference and I am not doing that with students.
I am seeing the small changes but they are not! Dud! Why didn’t I think about that. If I need to write and chart wouldn’t my students find that helpful. We need to create a classroom writing journal that helps us see our growth and change.
Writing once again has come to the rescue! Thanks Slicers for being here to listen while I think! Tomorrow we will start our shared writing journal on small changes! I will keep you posted on how it goes.