Classroom organisation

So my focus has shifted a little to the organisation of our classroom. This did arise from thoughts about the first day of school. To be truthful I didn’t get too far, as I stumbled across the school supplies list that will be at each child’s desk. Once I saw that, I started to consider how the supplies and resources will be organised. 

 

I stumbled across this blog, which has great ideas about classroom organisation. The colour coded baskets this teacher has are a great idea and I love them. It also fits quite well with the fact that the children are coming from Prep, and will not have had much experience in having their own resources to be responsible for. If I can ease the children into this slowly, by giving them a group basket to be responsible for, it should work quite nicely. 

 

I am considering making  one child each week responsible for counting all materials so that they are kept track of and that the ‘responsibility’ aspect of having personal items is established fairly quickly. I am thinking of linking the leaders into the weekly job chart.

I apologise if it seems I am ‘thinking out aloud’ a little too much, but this is the beginning of my journey at I’ve not had to do any of this for myself before! I’ve never been in a Year One Classroom! If you have any suggestions or tips please let me know! 

Jemma 🙂

Warm Fuzzies

Like I posted not long ago, I’ve been thinking lots about behaviour management and how ‘good’ behaviour should and could be rewarded. One idea I saw on Pinterest was a ‘Warm Fuzzies’ idea.

 

Warm andFuzzy

 

Like I said I was taking into consideration the idea from Harry K Wong that rather than having rules, where children are rewarded for following, I planned to have more procedures. Ideally procedures do not have consequences should children not follow them. The only thing the teacher should have to say is, ‘What is the procedure?’. If children choose to not follow the procedure consistently, the procecdure then has a rule, which has positive and negative consequences if not followed.

I really thought about this, and I figured children always need positive reinforement to keep them motivated as a group to learn together, take responsibility of their learning and to be kind to one-another. Harry K Wong also says that children should not be rewarded for following a procedure (and I don’t think they should be rewarded for following a rule, as it is an expectation, not something they should do just to get a reward).

It’s for these reasons, that I like the idea of the ‘Warm and Fuzzies’ Jar. Each time I see a child trying their hardest, being kind to another person or following the values of the school where I am at, I’ll ask them to put a pom pom in the jar.

The reward of this jar is also something that follows the thoughts of Harry K Wong, who states that children shouldn’t be given a tangible ‘thing’ for doing something ‘good’, rather they should have ‘time’ to celebrate. He suggests that they should be given free time to complete unfinished work. I quite like the idea of this, but wouldn’t mind having a prize jar, with different rewards in it that can be drawn out when the jar is full.

Some ideas for this prize jar include:

  • Free play outside in a different playground that they’re used to
  • Ball game outside
  • Free time inside to complete unfinished work
  • Board game afternoon

I like these ideas because they still ensure children’s learning in a different way.

What are your thoughts?

Jemma