A great way to show your students support and recognize good behavior is to send home positive notes to their parents/guardians. But doing this can sometimes be forgotten with all of the other tasks we have to complete daily.
Here are a few tips to help you remember and get those positive notes out:
At the beginning of the grading period, put each student’s name on one note and go ahead and sign it, but do not fill out the behavior.
This way, you won’t miss giving one out to anyone each grading period, and you only need to check off the behavior.
Instead of writing each student’s name on a note, use a roster to check off as you send home a positive note. This will help you make sure each student receives a positive note. But still, go ahead and sign the notes. That’s one less step for later.
Click here to download a free positive note to use with your students!
I have been working on the statements I use with students when discussing their learning for several years. Instead of students being praised for what they perceive to have or not have, I am focusing on what the students have control of!
I have replaced phrases like “you are so smart” with “I can tell you have been working hard to master finding evidence in the text.” Below are a few posters you can use in your classroom or planning.
I report to in-service one week from today. After finishing the post, I’m heading to school to work on my room. I usually have it done by now, but I have had a jam-packed summer.
This past weekend I worked on a few of the handouts that I will have in my students’ ELA Folders when they come to class on the first day. I usually purchase each student a paper folder when I can get them for .10 and under. (I have over 90 kiddos) Each class has its class color. There are two sides in the folder, one is returned to the teacher, and the other is a notebook. The items on the notebook side will stay in the folder until, as a class, we set up our class binders. The first handout I have is the student Reading Notebook Requirements.
This handout tells them what materials they need and what order everything goes in. They keep this handout under memos in their notebooks if something happens and they need to reorganize. Click on the picture to download the editable version.
Each year I provide a syllabus for my students with an overview of class expectations, policies, rules, and curriculum. You can download an editable version of mine by clicking on the picture!
Lastly, I’m going to share my Reading Class Important Information handout. This sheet contains their log-ins, passwords, and web addresses for classes. Click on the picture to download an editable version.