December can be one of the looongest months for teaching because of the antsy students (and teachers). I often have to mix things up a little when my students are excited and ready for a break from school. This excitement definitely affects their behavior and attention span. So, here is my behavior management tip that has been keeping me sane!
We do colors at my school. (Not a fan, but it was a school wide decision so I making it work for me). Kids that are on Blue or Green (the best colors) get to participate in 4 Corners at the end of the day. The other kids had to write letters in their agenda explaining why they were on the color they were on while the students are playing this game.
Here is how you play 4 Corners:
- Choose one student to stand in the middle of the classroom with their eyes closed and covered.
- The other students move to one of the four corners in your room as silently as possible. They choose the corners they want to be in.
- At the teacher’s signal (I usually do a small countdown), the person in the middle then chooses a corner (without looking) and everyone in that corner has to sit down.
- The students then move to other corners and the game continues until no one is standing or one person is standing.
I will not be doing this everyday, but I will try to fit it in as much as I can! It only took a few minutes and was such an incentive for my kids. All my kids left with a smile on their face and so did I!
What are some of your tips for keeping your sanity before the holidays in terms of behavior management? I would love to hear them!