This product was originally created for my music classroom but now comes in 2 formats: 1) for the music room and 2) for the general classroom.
Along with other text/images that are the same;
Format 1 includes the text: Respecting Instruments/Misusing Instruments
Format 2 includes the text: Respecting Materials/Misusing Materials
Both versions are included in the download.
Origin/Use: Early in the year during a Kindergarten class about 5 years ago (2013), I noticed that a number of students were being very silly as we were doing a movement activity. We'd already gone through the expectations for the activity but it was obvious that some of the children didn't know what it looked like to properly control their bodies while doing a "fun" motion. We all sat down and brainstormed what it should look like when they were having fun and how being silly in the classroom looks different. After refining their ideas the idea for this poster was generated. I now begin my year with this poster in K & 1 classes. The Students respond well when praised after an activity. "Boys and Girls, you showed that you know how to have fun and not be silly during our dance. I saw respectful high fives, cooperation, and smiles." I'll also respond to distracting behavior with the phrase "Are you having fun or being silly?". I've found it to be a helpful tool to explicitly teach the children what behaviors are OK vs. not OK as well as help instill a sense of self evaluation.
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I hope this is helpful for you in your classroom! If you have requests or suggestions please let me know.