It was so hard to plan this day since I had no idea what to expect from 8 year old students! I am extremely grateful for all of the WBT materials I have been studying all summer. As I thought, it felt like a natural fit in 3rd grade. Did every student act perfectly? Nope, but it was a great first day and start.
Since I teach math and science, I have two sections. I had my homeroom class for the whole morning and then the other class for the whole afternoon.
My class did a fantastic job. We did class/yes, mirror words, teach/okay, scoreboard, 5 Rules and Star, and hands and eyes. I have two definite beloved rascals in that class but they are not overbearing.
My second class really struggled with the 5 Rules, LOTS of blurters. They were not able to handle mirror words or teach/okay - I didn't even try it with them. They do have class yes, but started to struggle right away with the Mighty Oh Yeah and Mighty Groan on the scoreboard. I even let them do a "Mighty Dab" when they say Oh Yeah instead of clap, but that didn't get me the 100% I need. Lots of beloved rascals in this class. I'm probably going to start recess squad tomorrow!
So tomorrow the groups switch and I have the rascally bunch all morning and the other class in the afternoon. I am interested to see how that changes anything, if at all. I know students are usually a little more focused in the morning and "off" after lunch.
One thing I learned today is to slow down! Even when I think I'm going slow, I need to go slower. I can tell that if I don't get these routines down now it will be a rough year! I feel pretty confident that we will work it out. They are going to be an awesome group for the Super Improver Team! Can't wait to get that started next week!