Monday, September 3, 2018

Order! Order in the Classroom!

One of my teachers came to me and asked if I could do a lesson on respect in the classroom.  I asked her for some examples of situations she saw students having and then came up with this lesson. I wanted students to get actively involved in a discussion about respect. I started the lesson with how respect looks differently in different settings, such as yelling at a football game is ok, but it is not ok to be yelling during a game in the classroom.

Then we talked about some other situations. Students gave thumbs up or thumbs down to show if they thought it was respectful or not. Here are a few:

Next we transformed the classroom into a courtroom. Based on the examples the teacher gave me, I wrote some court cases for the students to act out:

Case #1: The Case of the Talking Trick or Treaters - a case of not following the teacher's directions.
Case #2: The Case of Cindy Ella - a case of not following school rules.
Case #3: An Out of this World Case - a case of not paying attention to the lesson.

The remaining students, who were not acting out the case, became the jury as they decided - guilty or not guilty! The kids loved acting and we had some great discussion as to how to show respect in each case. The best part...I got in on the acting and dressed up as the judge (I pulled out my graduation robe and a gavel!)

To sum up the lesson, I let students work together to create a banner of respect. I gave partners one letter of the word "respect" and they would come up with a sentence about respect in the classroom. Here's my example:

After completion of the lesson, students were able to:
• Identify how respect may look differently across different settings
• Become familiar with ways to show kindness toward others
• Establish a classroom culture of respect

I also sell this lesson on TPT:

What is included in this packet?
1. Respect in the Classroom Lesson Plan (3 pages)
2. Respect in the Classroom Interactive Power Point (35 slides)
3. 3 Respect in the Classroom Courtroom Cases’ Scripts (6 pages)
4. Guilty/Not Guilty Signs (2 pages)
5. RESPECT Activity (7 pages)

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Having a "Pawsitive Cattitude"

I love Pete the Cat books and I especially love the song that goes along with I love my White Shoes. It is such an upbeat, groovy song and I can't get it out of my head sometimes:) That's a good thing because it puts me in such a good mood and helps me keep a positive attitude! 

That makes Pete the Cat one of my favorite, feel good lessons to teach my students. Have you ever had students who have a tough time going on with their day when things have gone wrong? Help them turn their frown upside down by having a "pawsitive cattitude!" We start off by talking about the saying, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Unfortunately, everyday does not always go as we wish and sometimes we have to find ways to cope with hard days. 

One way to cope with difficult situations is to check our attitude. The way we think about or look at something is our attitude. How do you think your attitude can help you cope with difficult situations? Having a negative attitude can affect your outlook and your behavior. We then read while the song plays Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes because Pete is really good at coping with tough situations and always keeps a PAWSITIVE  CATTITUDE even in tough situations!

After discussing the story, students learn some coping strategies while playing a fun game of Guess the Sketch. Students draw from a deck of Coping Strategy Cards and draw the strategy on a white board. To add some fun, if the class guesses the coping strategy that the student is drawing,  a square on a mystery picture is revealed.

Here are a few of the Coping Strategy Cards in which students chose to draw:

Their final project was to decorate a shoe and write a coping strategy.

If you are interested in this lesson, I also sell it on TPT:

After completion of the lesson, students are able to:
• Identify attitudes and behaviors that lead to successful learning
• Develop effective coping skills for dealing with problems
• Learn techniques for managing stress and conflict
• Learn coping skills for managing life events