Work hard; play hard!

Work hard; play hard!
Consulting in Maui!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Stuck Sticks......helping unstick students when they get stuck

Sometimes it is just an easy tool that we need to move students forward. 
This week I made these STUCK STICKS. 
I gave one to each of my students and then I went into shut down mode or stayed stuck and did not ask for help. When I did that, the students were told they should give me a STUCK STICK. Then when I was ready to problem solve, ask for help, or move on, I turned my STUCK STICK over to the READY side and handed it back to them. They, of course, loved to call me on my STUCKNESS!
Then we eased into the part where I got to give it to them. I had them pretend to be stuck first.
I don't do any negative tones with this or appear to be judging them. I just use it as a physical reminder to them that they might be "stuck" and might want to try something to pull themselves back into being "ready" to be a learner in the group.
Currently, I am using it with the students who are in the developmental cognitive disability classrooms, but it could certainly be used for other students who sometimes appear stuck in their learning. 
I haven't brought them to staff meetings yet, but there are times when I see a possible need for them. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Teacher Free Zone- Teaching Independence

As the year is flying by quickly, we noticed that the students are still needing a lot of adult attention in order to keep moving in a task or throughout the day. So we decided that we would have a Teacher Free Zone Time Zone. We made tents for their desks that have "Teacher Free Zone" on one side and "I can do it on my own" on the other side. This reminds both the students and the adults in the room that they are trying to work on their own and not need attention from the adults, in order to continue with their work. We started with a role playing situation so show them what this looks and doesn't look like. Then we had them do it for two minutes to practice. It was probably harder on our paras, who LOVE to help and make situations easier for the students. So now....we practice and continue to grow in our independence! Wish us luck!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Spring brings the bugs out! Blurting and Whining....

Our students made Blurting Bugs and Whiny Worms this week. As you can imagine, this is not a good thing. The kids had fun making the bugs though. We use them though as a visual reminder to the students when they are blurting or whining. The closer it gets to spring the more humor we all need.