Thursday, September 26, 2019

Voice Levels

Boy the kids can be loud, can't they? I don't mind some noise, but it needs to be productive noise. When kids get too loud they bother each other (and me) and that's no good.
I've seen a number of voice level posters around. I like what they say, but I don't want a poster. 
For one thing I don't have a lot of wall real estate in my room, and I don't want to take more space than I have to.
Also, it's been my experience that a poster left up all the time becomes ignored. It's like the paint on the wall - just something that is there that doesn't need attending to.

So I took the basic idea and turned it into a PowerPoint.

I project this when I need to, but not every day. Since it's a ppt, I can move the white box up and down easily to suit our needs.

It's easy.

You can download the file HERE.  If you don't have the fonts that I used, or if you don't like them, just change it anyway you want.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Warm-ups and Getting Started

I don't think I will ever get anything so perfect that I see no need to change it. It just doesn't happen for me.

Case in point - warm-ups/bell-ringers/science starters - whatever you call them. I have done them the same way for a number of year. I wrote about it HERE.

Than last year, a had a group of students that liked to rush ahead. They would look on the agenda an start doing homework at the beginning of class. This seems like a good thing, but it made rush through the journal questions, they were not paying attention to the question discussion, and they were getting behind at the start of class because they were not ready to begin due to working on the homework. It was an issue.

So I changed up my start-of-class agenda. Instead of having everything on on slide like so:

I added a slide and split the first slide into two separate slides. Now when students come in the room they see this:

I have the date, what they need to do to be ready for class, and our Journal Question (warm-up)

At the official start time for class, I start the timer on the next slide:

Students have two minutes to complete any tasks and answer the question. It's plenty of time.

Then I put up an answer for them & we chat about it for a minute. 

THEN... I'm ready to show the students what we are doing during the class period and what is coming for homework or later in the week.

This is working much better for keeping kids focused on the task at hand.