Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Keeping Kids on Track

If I'm being honest, I'd have to say that I have a pretty challenging class this year.
In addition to the academic needs of my students, many of them have behavioral and attention needs that need to be redirected. How do I keep them on track?
Let me share some ideas that work for me.

I conference with my {LARGE} group of kids that have on task issues and teach them how to use the SLANT cue chart and "What Level Are You Working" prompt. Then I place the cuing charts on their desks for a constant resource. I can then ask students, "Are you SLANTING?" or "Remember, N = Nothing in your hands".  I also hold them accountable to rate what level they think they are working by holding up fingers. 5 fingers is actively engaged and 1 or 2 fingers mean they are off task or distracting themselves or others. I ask them, "Are your choices helping you do your best learning?"

Both these strategies have been beneficial this year and I hope you will find them useful too.


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  1. Is your SLANT poster available in your TpT store? I could sure use it - I also have a challenging group this year.
    Grade 4 Buzz

  2. Both ideas are easy to use and hold students accountable. Thanks!

  3. Can I get the Levels That You're Working poster too?


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