An English teacher at a Secondary School in the UK. * Sharing and questioning the day job. * I teach KS3/4/5.
* Looking for inspiration and motivation, to share with others. * Looking to constantly improve and grow. * On Twitter at @MissBex_M *
I created this handy help sheet for staff about ‘Bell Work’.
It’s commonly used in primary schools, but less so (it seems) in Secondary school classrooms. Tomorrow, at our department meeting, I am introducing and promoting the concept of Bell work to the rest of my department.
Seating charts I made! I glued them to manilla folders , then laminated the folders! I can write students’ names in marker, then wipe them away if seats change! The folders will also be what I use to return graded work. I’m pretty excited about it.
I’m coming up with lots of cool organizational things for my first year!
Below (hard to see) are my table folders. 8 folders for each of the 8 tables— a group of these for each of my 12 classes. Each of the 12 classes has their own color. Each “day” (A, B, C day rotation) has their own color scheme.
I teach 6 and 7 year olds and they LOVE stickers. Most schools give out stickers to students so students usually have a sticker book where they collect their stickers.
At my school the english teachers have to buy them. But its not really that big of a deal that I do. I feel like its worth it to see the smile on students face’s when they earn them.
Okay, so how do they earn stickers?
We have a minus 3 and plus 3 point system for students. So each student starts at neutral at the beginning of the lesson depending on the student’s behavior (good or negative), the student will be moved plus one or negative one respectively. We try to have at least 1/5 or 1/3 at most with stickers earned for each day. If too many students get stickers then its not really an award anymore because its too easy. If a student has plus 3, which means excellent behavior to model for rest of class, then they earn a sticker. If a student gets minus 3 then they are asked to sit out of english time for a few minutes. Usually the english teacher will explain to them why they have to sit out to ensure it doesn’t happen again. We try not to get to this point.
Sometimes it feels like a game with their behavior. But its how they respond to directions and behavior, so it works.
For example, the troublesome students will quickly have better better once they earn their first one plus.