Free Back Up Plans to Save the Day! 5 Solutions for Common Classroom Problems

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Brain Waves Instruction


This resource is all about setting up a classroom and students for success in any situation. I don’t know about you, but there have been many times when one of my well-meaning lessons went completely off the rails. Whether it’s a fire drill in the middle of our poetry reading or a student having an off day or a complete technology failure, I know firsthand what it’s like to lose instructional time while I respond to an interruption….and that’s where these resources come in. They’re the BACK UP PLANS that I created for times when a lesson gets off track.

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Learning On the Go --- Make the most out of every instructional minute with “Learning on the Go.” When a fire drill or other classroom interruption stops a lesson in its tracks, pass out the “Learning on the Go” activity sheet and keep students learning outside the classroom.
• Implementation Guide
• Learning on the Go Worksheet

Stump the Student --- Sometimes even the best lessons end early. That’s where the Stump the Student game comes in. Stump the Student gives students an opportunity to review the lesson’s instruction while creating questions for peers and answering questions about the day’s instruction. It’s instructional and engaging!
• Implementation Guide
• Stump the Student Game Cards

Technology Debate --- Technology can be an incredible resource in the classroom…until it doesn’t work. Lots of times troubleshooting can get the technology back on track. However, working through technology issues in front of a classroom of students can lead to a management nightmare and a loss of instructional time. That’s where this Technology Debate activity comes in. It’s an activity that gets kids thinking and promotes targeted group discussions. Students can be working on this while you work on solving the tech issues in your classroom.
• Implementation Guide
• Technology Debate Worksheet

Behavior Cards --- Behavior cards are a simple and nonverbal management tool. There are two sets of behavior cards. One set acknowledges good behavior, and the other set redirects misbehavior. The “Keep It Up” cards are designed to positively recognize good behavior in the classroom. The “Stop” cards are perfect for encouraging students to stop inappropriate behavior and make a better choice. They’re simple and effective!
• Implementation Guide
• “Keep It Up” Behavior Cards
• “Stop” Behavior Cards

Let’s Get Focused --- Instructional interruptions happen. Whether it is a fire drill or a student council presentation in the middle of class or school-wide intercom announcements….often times it’s important to regroup before moving forward with a lesson. That’s where the “Let’s Get Focused” worksheet comes in. It’s adaptable to any situation and a perfect way to refocus students after an interruption.
• Implementation Guide
• Let’s Get Focused Worksheet

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