Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Spring is in the Air

WOW!  That's really all that I can say about the past few weeks in my room.  This year I was blessed cursed with a group of very spirited children.  I have 7 or so kid's out of 22 total that are just really hard to manage. Which means keeping them at separate tables is a no go.  I've tried every technique known to man, from clip charts, to spending time in other rooms, to making them all work together, to try and correct the aggressive, snarky, disrespectful behaviors, to no avail.  I had one of them tell me "summer is getting close and we are just excited!"  Trust me kiddo, SO AM I!  One of those students was suspended for the 4th (4TH!!!) time today in as many weeks...when is enough enough?!?

In a last ditch effort, I busted out our new carpet that I got through Donor's Choose.  It has 30 colored squares and each student now has a place to call their own.  I was trying to wait until our school moved into our new building in the fall, but if ever a class needed some structured space during whole group, this is it!  So my question is this, how do you deal with your "spirited" children?  How do you handle repeat offenders? Any advice is welcome...only one more month to go...


  1. Hi Alison!

    I am your newest follower!

    You need to come read about Conscious Discipline on my blog! I love it and it is amazing! Seriously, the most impacting and crucial and life changing thing I have ever learned!

    First, I teach at-risk kiddos...they are toughies and learn so much at home that little Firsties have no business knowing. It is heart breaking.

    Conscious Discipline is all about building the School Family. My kiddos are constantly encouraging and celebrating each other. I rarely hear a tattle. They learn to use their big voice and take care of things themselves. The closer it gets to the end of the year the better our days seem to get. Yes, we have occasionally days with lots of energy but for the most part we get through things wonderfully.

    I would love for you to come read about it!

    Let me know if I can help in anyway! =)

    I love sharing about it!

    Heather's Heart

    1. Thank's Heather! I checked out your blog and I think CD is just what the Dr. ordered, so to speak. I will definitely be ordering the book and catching up on your blog. Thanks for the follow, too :)