Monday, August 29, 2011

The Rules of School

We have just started back to school and are going over behaviors and procedures with our new classes. Most of our little ones have never been to school and are in a state of shock. Therefore, it is really important to go over expectations to build community and so children can understand what you want them to do. I am a big believer in taking pictures to anchor their understanding since many of our students are ELL's. It is difficult to know their language level when they first come into the room so this is an effective way to communicate. It is nothing new, just a reminder that in kindergarten I think super simple is best. Pick and choose what you want to hammer on!


Allison said...

Hi Fran! I have been following you for a while and I just love your blog. In fact, you have inspired me to create my own. I am just beginning this wonderful world of blogging, and everything is very new to me. Lots to learn! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity and enthusiasm.


Mrs. J. said...

I've also been following your blog for awhile. I love what you said about taking pictures of the rules for your ELL students. When I used to teach a class that was only for newcomers, we would go around the school at the beginning of the year and take pictures of places (like library, cafeteria), things (water fountain, lockers) and people (nurse, principal, secretary). Then we would make a word wall where we would write sentences ("I eat in the cafeteria") and post them with the pictures. This wall would stay up all year, so that new students coming into the class could refer to it also.
I have a blog all about best practices for ELLs...please check me out at The ESOL Odyssey:

Freckleteacher said...

I love the photos Fran! It is a clear way to show the rules for ELL and all K students. Keeping it simple!