While I have done Daily 5 in kindergarten for 3 years, and kindergarten is where I first started Daily 5, it has been several years since I have taught K. This year I will be moving back to kindergarten after teaching 1st and 2nd for the past few years and I am so excited. This study will be a great refresher! I will actually be teaching part time kindergarten. Instead of the traditional half day K, my school does part time. So I will be teaching 2 full days and a half day. I have only ever taught full day, so I'm not 100% sure how half time will be, but I am so super excited about the opportunity because it will allow me to stay home part time with my new baby girl!
- How do I teach new behaviors and expectations?
We all know how important teaching new behaviors is, especially in kindergarten! While kids in other grades typically come to us knowing at least a few basic school behaviors, my kindergartners often have little to no prior school experience, and at a minimum are new to our school. Therefore I really limit my expectations and start from scratch. Even something as basic as lining up to go somewhere can be a production! I like to think that I've always been pretty good at the whole model, practice, repeat thing and I feel I'm pretty explicit when teaching new routines. The Daily 5 has definitely changed how I introduce any new behavior though!
- How do I monitor student behavior?
The main tangible element of my classroom management is a Clip Chart. I have used it for a couple years now and just love it! In addition to this, instead of coming up with a set of class rules at the beginning of the year, we make a list of promises to each other. I read a story about someone who made a promise and then didn't keep it. I usually read one of these books:
Then we have a discussion about how it feels when someone makes a promise and then doesn't keep it. We then make a list of promises... for example instead of making a rule that says 'Do not hit', we will write 'We promise to be kind.'
- What do I do when a student is not exhibiting a desired behavior?
- Whose classroom is it?
- Locus of control?
- Where are supplies stored?