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I believe healthy snacks should be available for students during independent work. These can be funded by classroom sponsors or parents or sometimes even the district. Growing students need snacks, expecially those who experience food insecurities. Because of this the snacks should not be used as reward or punishment but rather be used to keep students brains energized. A hangry students results in a misbehaving student.
This calming corner offers stratagies for students to regulate thier emotions whether that's from becoming angry, sad or even over excited. I love the idea of an affirmation mirror. In kindergarten this would need pictures to help studetnts understand the meanings of words. A calming corner should also look and feel safe just like this one!
This idea came from a social distancing article but it makes for an undercover behavior managment tool as well! Book boats are dedicated spaces for students to read independently. The boats set clear boundaries for students to remain within while creating a cozy space and minimal distractions. All teachers are familier with the feeling of needing a bit of peace in the classroom. Book boats might be an alternative to the "heads down, voices off" stratagy.
Dr. Lori Friesen has some great tips and tricks for how to implement the desk pets behavior managment stratagy into your classroom. I love how this stratagy is not only a great way to set and track behavior goals but it is also an experience for students. The benifits can span accross subject areas. Kinder students can practive counting and number recognition as well as the science TEKS for observing the basic needs of organisms.