Thursday, October 29, 2015
1st Week Reflection
Almost done with my first week of totally WBT! Some very interesting observations. My most difficult class has become my BEST class! Not only is their behavior on point, but they are engaged active learners. It is truly teaching heaven! Like I said in my previous post, I have always incorporated the "Class!/Yes" attention getter in my classes. I learned about leveling up somewhere in the last week so I decided to level up that great class. They ATE it up! I love this because it was starting to go to their head a tiny bit getting all of these compliments and they were kind of (but not even really) slipping. So I had knocked them back to Class a few times and the message was loud and clear. They love being the best!
Here is another procedure I'm having a lot of success with, it is the scoreboard game. Again, something I've always kind of done, but I took it up a notch this week and it is working beautifully. Basically when they do things right/good they get a point, when they need reminders or are off task I take a point. If they have more tally marks than me at the end of class they win, if I have more I win and if we are even its a tie. My school does a "Battle of the Homerooms" contest each month so I play into that. 100 points if they win, -100 if they lose and zero for a tie. They have the opportunity to win 500 points on a full week or -500 which could be quite embarrassing! I also have a small board where I record their points so they know their standings. I'm hoping a little competition will grow, but so far they haven't really went in that direction, however the "great" class is super excited about their winning streak!
The biggest thing I've noticed this week since I fully committed to WBT is that everything seems easier. Before I would fall off the scoreboard game or not use silly voices/variety in my class/yes. That is no longer an issue. And I NEVER used the Rules/Hands and Eyes/ Teach-Okay procedures but they have become second nature in only a few days! The Teach-Okay is the one I need the most work on figuring out gestures, but I'm confident that will come and become more deliberate with this process. I think it is also worth mentioning that I have read "Teach Like a Pirate" by Dave Burgess and this is making me feel more "pirate-like"
Next Wednesday I give my first tests since starting and I'm excited to see the results :)