So today I thought that my challenging group from yesterday afternoon would act a little differently since I had them in the morning. Unfortunately, they were worse. I fought the urge to move on to keep up with the other class. I am determined to keep working on their behaviors and solidifying my expectations, rules, procedures until they improve.
I've noticed that although they can recite the 5 rules, they do not put them into practice. We are working on making anchor charts of what each rule "looks like." I feel like breaking the rules down and giving that visual reminder will help. I know that once we get into the super improvers game and the practice cards I should see some changes, but everything I read says to save them for as long as possible.
I will keep pushing, it is so hard to not jump into content, but I know that if we don't get the behavior issues resolved, getting into content will be a waste of our time. I am giving them a diagnostic test, Its a 6 page test that I've broken down and giving them 1 page per day. This weekend I will be able to see where they are academically and begin planning from there.