Hi folks. How's everyone doing? I know I haven't been around and posted a detailed report of how my day went, as I was doing in the "What did you teach today?" topic. (I was hogging the screen space, anyway.) But, I thought I'd drop by and share an idea that I had in a class I worked with a short while back. I've been getting a lot of work lately, and have had the fortune of revisiting classes that I've had more than once. A fourth grade teacher over at a favored school of mine will be having me for the third or fourth time tomorrow, so I am fairly familiar with the students. Actually, I wrote a report of substituting for this teacher in the "What did you teach today?" topic in the past. It was the post where I expressed concerns about the exactness of lesson plans and the need for teachers to be specific. That particular teacher left me her phone number for me to call her. Well, after substituting for her class a few times, I've come to the realization that her lesson plans are easy as pie to complete. The teacher is very kind and patient with my progress. (We DO make progress, but she doesn't seem to get upset if we don't get a little done here and there.) So guess what that means? I now have a guinea pig for testing out my latest innovations and strategies for running an elementary school classroom more efficiently. The problem that I tackled last time was enforcing negative consequences against misbehaving students without having to be totally familiar with their names. I needed a system that was swift and fast. I created a "recess card" system where I would sign my name on many pieces of paper. Students would get three of them. Every piece of paper would represent a certain portion of recess. When the students misbehaved, I would take pieces of papers -- the "cards" -- away. Right before recess, they would each go up to the gate and give me their cards. Students with three cards would go right away, while those with less would have to wait the time requirement before turning theirs in and going out to recess. If something like this has already been mentioned and discussed, you'll have to forgive me for being repetitive. The ideas dawned on me recently. There's actually similar systems already being used -- the turn-a-card system, for example. However, I think that making students hold onto cards (or a mini-booklet of them) will be more efficient because I only need to walk up to a student and take a card from their possession for misbehaving. Students are to carry their cards with them at all times inside the classroom. I just used MS Paint to expand this system. I also created a form for students to go over at a certain point in the discipline process. http://www.silverinterlocution.org/bc.jpg http://www.silverinterlocution.org/steinmetz-1.html I also uploaded a bitmap (clear version) of the cards. Of course, please feel free to take these and modify them or adapt them for your own use. http://www.silverinterlocution.org/bc.bmp (1.01 MB, which will download slowly on dial-up connections) Anyway, I'll come back tomorrow after work and give you the results.