Friday, July 10, 2015

I Teach 1st! {Day 3}

Here is a recap of Day 3 of I Teach 1st!

I started off my morning with Rebecca Solomon, another Ohioan, learning about how gross motor can improve writing and reading.  This was so interesting to me.  She stated that with her students, she has seen the correlation between balance and reading capacity and between running stamina and reading stamina.

Some ideas given were crab walking, ball tosses, a variety of balance and exercise ball activities.  A suggestion was given that in the first week of school, you have 3 cups (red, yellow, green) and toss each student a ball one at a time.  Sort their "sharing sticks" (or other name items) into the red, yellow and green cups according to how well students are able to catch the ball.  I thought this idea of sorting their sticks was a great, quick way to assess.

I can see incorporating some of these ideas in my classroom, but I'm not sure that being able to add in a gym time into my schedule.  I think this would really help my kiddos with their focus and to build their core, which is always something I see some kids struggle with in K.

This was sight word hopscotch as an example.
My second session was with Dan St. Romain about avoiding power struggles.  Boy did I need this!  It seemed as though many of the others in the session were in the same boat.  One of the biggest thing was "Don't show the kids attitude if you don't want them to display attitude."  The biggest way this happens is through sarcasm.  Saying things like "Do you want to miss your recess?" or "Are you going to need to move your clip?"are ways sarcasm works its way into the classroom and students then use it too.  He said a few times "Walk away from crazy", when someone is escalated and upset, you cannot reason with them, and they will say things out of anger that they don't really mean.

Another suggestion given was to provide a distraction for the student who was escalating.  This will help break the habit of misbehavior.  It is not rewarding a child for distracting them, but it is trying to recondition them to be more successful in the future.  By ignoring behavior, it will make the student less likely to escalate.  One of the best ways to prevent conflict is by strengthening your relationship with that student.  It is ok to ask your teammates/colleagues for help. Sometimes a student just responds better to another person!  This is a hard one for me sometimes, but it is oh, so true.

This post is going to get really long if I keep going, so I'm going to do another one with my afternoon sessions, both of which were with Jen Jones from Hello Literacy.  Stay tuned!


  1. I am really interested in the first session that you went to. Is it daily gym-ish activities that would influence reading stamina? Very interesting topic.

    1. Yes, it was gym-type activities. She suggested doing them in your classroom if you could not secure a gym time. I'll have to share more!


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    1. Thanks! Both were great sessions!