Saturday, February 23, 2013

Hall Pass Linky

This Hall Pass linky is a huge hit so I thought I would link up!  Thanks to Reagan for the great linky.

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?!?

P is for Product.  I still have not jumped into the product making completely yet.  So my favorite is a purchase my class and I use almost daily. Surprisingly it is our alphabet.  Some of us (yes I say us because I am too!) are still learning how to write in cursive.  So we keep it posted at the front of the room and check to make sure we are writing properly.  Sadly, I do not have a picture of it in my room so here is the link to Ladybugs Teacher Files DN Cursive Alphabet to check it out.

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!


  1. I organized my library a couple of years ago and the kids still don't always put the books where they belong. It sometimes really bugs me, but I try to let it go and be happy that they are reading so much! I like Reese's cup when they have been frozen, they are extra yummy!

    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

    1. Yes! My goal is to stay positive about it but firm in the process. Does that make sense? I want them to keep reading as much as possible, but try to adapt to the new system. You have just changed my world, I never thought of putting the Reese's cup in the freezer!! Thanks for the tip!

  2. I am so glad I found you through the linky! I love your blog and am a new follower! I just love your library, it is so neat and tidy :) thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!


    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement. I am so glad that I took the time to organize it! Thanks for following too.

  3. Hi Brittany,

    I love the simplicity of your hand raise signal. I'm going to have to try that out tomorrow :)
    Your blog is adorable, and I am definitely following it. I look forward to reading your future posts.

    K. Almaraz
    K. Almaraz at Our Future is bright

    1. Thanks so much! I'm heading over to your blog now.


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