I'm sorry for neglecting you all for so long. Between pre-assessments, diagnostic tests, establishing routines, open houses, assemblies and more, I kind of lost track of time and put blogging on the back burner.
I wanted to share one of my very favorite behavior management strategies ever with you.
Behold the Quiet Game.
We all have times when you're waiting with a group of kids in the hallway. Maybe waiting for 3 or 4 stragglers to finish up in the restroom, maybe waiting for the previous class to finish so you can lead your kids into the library, whatever.
To keep everyone quiet during those times, we play the quiet game. It's so easy. I start by picking the friend who is being the most quiet. Then, he or she becomes "it" and picks the friend who is being the most quiet. And so on. You would NOT believe how much my kids love this game. They BEG to play the quiet game. Every other group of kids I've ever tried it with have gotten bored with it after about two days, but these guys love it.
We get SO many compliments from other teachers for being quiet in the hallway. I have the quiet game to thank for that!
Hope you can use this with your kids and hope you have a wonderful week!