Are you looking for a great way to teach, reinforce and practice your classroom rules and expectations? Look no further because you have found the perfect classroom management resource!
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-Introduce the levels in an Open Circle, whole group or small group social skills lesson. Give some examples and have your students think of additional examples for each level. Have your students practice and role-play lots of expected behaviors.
* Make sure you only talk about the negative or "unexpected behaviors." Research shows that if kids practice or see others practicing unexpected behaviors they are more likely to engage in them in the future, and none of us want that!
-Start with Level 1~ Ready to Learn and generate a long list of expected group behaviors. As the discussion moves up through the levels spend less and less time discussing the behaviors at each level. Spend just enough time for your students to know what each level means and move on.
-After the class has learned the chart spend some time talking about social norming. "Most kids in our class show expected behaviors most of the time" or "This class shows expected behaviors most of the day". "Our goal at school is to learn and have fun while learning". Have your students give examples of times that our class is showing Level 1~ Ready to Learn (e.g. writer's workshop, read-aloud).
-Then throughout the school year frequently refer to the chart. "I noticed that everyone is at a Level 1 right now. The class is silent, everyone is staying in their own personal space and working hard on their writing." Or "I noticed that our class is veering off-track, how can we get back to a Level 1?" Once the kids know and understand the levels the Expected Group Behavior Chart becomes a great classroom management resource to use all year long! You'll be surprised how quickly your students pick up the language and start to remind each other to get back to a Level 1!
Download in conjunction with the Expected Group Behavior lesson plans for PK-2 (with visuals) or 3-5 (with examples) to get more information on how to use this resource effectively in your classroom!