Tis the season to link up! Today, I am linking up with Tammy, from Forever in First, and letting you all know some of the things I say over and over again to my students.
Here they are...
At the end of the day, when we are ready to pack up and I do my final clip up of the day, we play the quiet game. I say the above to start the game. If the children talk during the quiet game, then they don't get their star for the day. The leader of the day puts the stars in the chart. When this task is done, the leader tells the class the quiet game is over. I love a nice, quiet, calm pack up! And so do my students.
Whenever a child tells me that so and so said this or did that, I say the above, as long as it isn't anything too terrible. I want the children to learn to ignore these little annoyances and not let every little thing bother them. If it's good enough for me, it's good enough for them!
I am a huge fan of Whole Brain Teaching, and I made up a few of my own ways to get the attention of my class. This is one of my favorites because they say it back to me. Of course, they say, "Yes, dear, yes!" I love to be called dear! And I always say it in a sweet voice, as do they. Sometimes, I substitute sweet for the word dear.
This is another of my made up Whole Brain Teaching mantras. Whenever I need my students to write their name and the date on their papers, I say, "name, name, name." And they say, "date, date, date." When they are done writing it, they stay silent when I say it again. This way, I can tell how many kids I'm waiting for. When I say it and no one answers me, I know I can proceed.
And, there you have it. My many mantras!
Why don't you link up too?
You know you want to!