At first I was confused about this linky, thinking it was actually sharing Hall Passes. I have my kiddos move their magnet to signal whenever they are out of the room. Usually only to the restroom.
But that is not the purpose of this linky! It is a Pass for teachers! We all need a break occasionally. This week more than others maybe?!?
A is for area. My favorite area was just re-done. My kids love reading so the library is their favorite place. We have giant bean bags and pillows for them to get comfy with. I just got organized with the books and have them labeled with baskets! I LOVE it.
Right beside my library is a round table. Here I meet with my groups for spelling, math, and reading. I wish I had a kidney table but for now this works! We get so much learning done here that it is one of my favorite places! You can barely see the chair in the corner that is at the table where we work.
S is for signal. I have a couple tried and true methods. My personal favorite is One *clap* Two *clap* Three *clap* FREEZE. The class freezes whatever they are doing. Some get in silly positions and try to hold it while I am talking. When I am done giving instructions, I say "unfreeze and go" and the class moves on. The other simple thing we do is when they are talking but should not be, generally not during group work time. I will stand at the front of the room and raise my hand. They know they are supposed to raise their hand as well, stop talking, put their eyes on me, and wait. When everyone has done this I put my hand down, so do they and I continue.
This summer I am hoping to learn more about Whole Brain Teaching and maybe start that next year!
S is for sanity!! We all need something to keep us sane. I work at a small school with wonderful people. Almost every day a group of us each lunch together. It is wonderful. We rarely talk about school, just life. Often we laugh the entire time. It is such a nice break from the day and motivates me to finish the day just as strong as I started.
I can also easily be bribed with Reese's cups!
What is your hall pass? What gets you through the day? Link up and share!