Know all of this has allowed me to start getting my classroom prepped for the start of school the second week in August. Let's start with the 5 Rules.
|My Hollywood/movie themed 5 Rules posters.|
My classroom has a Hollywood/movie theme so I made new "posters" to match. As you can see, my Rule 1 is the version that's used later in the school year to take things up a notch. I'll be putting up Follow directions quickly! in the coming week.
Why is it important to put these posters in a visible place in your classroom? Some schools/districts require it, but let's face it, those posters just collect dust in many cases. Not in WBT! The rules are reviewed every day, many times throughout the day. Most commonly, they are revisited after ever return to the classroom. Since I will see my students in the afternoons, that will most likely be twice - first when they initially enter for the day and second when the students return from their afternoon recess.
Once the students become familiar with the rules, they can be challenged by asking for them in a different order. Something fun to do is have a student leader lead the class in the rules and have them use a finger pointer to point at the rules as they ask for them. Using different voices (silly, robot, whisper, etc.) can liven up that daily rules review as well.
For future editions of the Getting Your Room Ready series, I'll talk about the Super Improvers Wall, Scoreboard, seating arrangements, and other related areas. Do you have something you'd like to see or read about in setting up your classroom for WBT? Leave a comment below and I'll consider it!