POPULAR PHRASES POSTERS
I love using “sayings” and “phrases” to help remind my students of behaviors and procedures. These are a few I’ve used throughout the years. Within a few short weeks, my students have memorized them, and the actions to accompany them. I will add to this pack, as I think of more of my most popular phrases with my students.
Poster for Tattling- Some years ago I came up with 5 T’s to help students remember to avoid tattling. We discuss the meaning of each of these. No touching, No taking, No teasing, No taunting,= No tattling! If we avoid the first 4, we can eliminate the last one, tattling. Be sure to emphasize the context of each. Brainstorm with students what touching would be; hitting, poking, pushing, etc. We also discuss the difference between teasing (aggravating someone) and taunting which is more of a repetitive bullying behavior. Your students won’t forget these 5 T’s with a simple reminder- Just say frequently, Remember our 5 T’s!
3 B’s Poster -In my class an emergency includes- The 3 B’s- Bleeding, Barfing, Bathroom (discuss what a true bathroom emergency is-I tell them that emergencies/and accidents happen every now and then! If it is happening everyday we are being careless or not following procedures. You might talk to your students about a few other emergencies as well. In any case, have students put all their concerns in writing. Then place it in a designated box or basket. Students will then take special consideration in what they decide to share with you, because it requires them to do something. I find that requiring students to document in writing is not worth the effort when it’s just tattling and they quickly resolve the problem. Students know that if I am teaching they can only interrupt me if it’s a 1- A real emergency! If it’s a 2, they can ask to speak to me privately when I’m not instructing, by saying I have a concern. I will either pull them aside or ask them to fill out a reporting slip to explain. If it is a 3, I don’t need to know, this is something the student feels capable of solving on their own. I do have a tattling basket in my room, students can write things on a sticky note when they need to get something off their chest. I don’t address these, but I read them to make sure it’s not something of urgency. If they want me to address something, they must fill out the reporting slip-that states What the problem is & 3 ways they have already tried to solve it. To make it even more difficult, I discuss it with them during their recess time. Now, the burden of responsibility is on them, and I know if they report it, it must be really bothering them.
Poster for Transition- I use QRST- Quick Ready Silent Team/Table- When I say QRST, students know what I am looking for and they quickly prepare. Your students can earn points, a reward of the day, or anything that you might like to use as an incentive to get ready during transitions.
Owl Poster- a poster for no name papers. Glue this poster to cardstock or something heavy. Attach to a box lid, or other container to place no name papers. At a designated time, your students can look for papers without names.
No Questions Before Directions Posters-Students always like to ask a ton of questions before you give the directions. I use this phrase to remind students that I will entertain their questions about the assignment, only after I have given all the directions.
REMEMBER YOUR ABC’S –This poster is a quick way to talk to your students about their Attitude, Behavior, & being Cooperative. Use this poster as a format to discuss expectations for your classroom.
IMPROVISE –I use this catch phrase to get students to solve simple problems; Ex. I left my journal home- get a piece of paper; I often find students making use of what they have or figure out what to do independently of me.
LINE –Spells out the word Line; Looking Forward; In position, No talking, Excellent Job!!!
Quality Work –This poster will remind students what you expect from their work.
MAKEitMagnificent –A “saying” to remind students to check their work