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End of the Year Behavior

End of the Year Behavior

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas As the school year draws to a close, younger students can get excited about the summer break. During this time, the teacher will need to remind the students that the routines, behaviors, and rules still need...
Making Clear Transitions Between Lessons

Making Clear Transitions Between Lessons

P.J. Auchterlonie | Caldwell Elementary | Wichita, Kansas Making it clear when one lesson ends and a new one begins helps students focus, stay engaged, and prepare to learn. Reviewing rules and expectations with the class encourages good habits for transitioning...
Organized Student Seating

Organized Student Seating

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas There are many benefits to assigning each student to a specific seat in the classroom. Here, the teacher tries to seat them in boy-girl order and makes sure to change the assignments at the beginning of each...
Teaching Strategies – Lowering Your Voice

Teaching Strategies – Lowering Your Voice

When several children are speaking at once, it can be tempting for teachers to raise their voices in order to be heard. In this video, preschool teacher Yotisse Williams describes an alternative strategy he uses to improve children’s listening skills and focus...
Getting Students’ Attention: Hands Up

Getting Students’ Attention: Hands Up

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas When getting students’ attention, the teacher announces, “hands up,” to the class. Students learn to stop what they are doing, put their hands in the air, and focus on what the teacher asks...
Using Quiet Time to Help Students Recharge

Using Quiet Time to Help Students Recharge

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Including quiet time in the class-day gives students a chance to rest, relax, and recharge. Each student chooses an activity to do by themselves at an individual station. Read Transcript In my classroom, we...
Understanding and Practicing Voice Levels

Understanding and Practicing Voice Levels

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This technique helps a teacher communicate to students how loud or quiet their voices should be throughout the day. The numbers zero through 3 are used to indicate voice levels from total silence to loud. Read...
Helping Students Follow Directions Through Song

Helping Students Follow Directions Through Song

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This fun song with hand motions is used to teach students how to follow instructions. It can also be used to prepare the students to transition from one activity to another. Read Transcript I like, in...
Stating Behavioral Expectations

Stating Behavioral Expectations

This in-service suite shows how to create expectations for classroom behavior that preschool children can learn. It is part of a series of 15-minute in-service suites on Engaging Interactions and Environments. More information is available at...
Creating Classroom Rules

Creating Classroom Rules

This video describes five steps teachers can follow to generate meaningful classroom rules and teach them to children. Read Transcript Narrator: Welcome, in this short video, we will highlight the importance of creating and using classroom rules. We will also provide...