Name Games: Play name games or songs at the start of the school year. I even continue doing a simple name song at the start of each kindergarten class up until Winter Break because I only see them once a week. Some of my favorite name games and songs from Musicplay include:
- - Listen as I Play the Beat (Kindergarten Song #4)
- - Hickety Tickety (Kindergarten Song #12)
- - Number Concentration (Grade 3 Song #2)
- - Concentration (Grade 5 Song #2)
- Seating Charts: At the start of the year, I take the time to make seating charts on the risers for every class. I will even sit down in the evenings to study these charts. I use pictures of every student to make the charts so I can always connect a face to a name. A great APP to assist you in this process is IDoceo. The charts are also great to use for assessment and to leave for your sub plans.
2. Meet with the Learning/Behavior Support Teacher
3. Entrance and Exit Routines/Expectations - Involve the Classroom Teachers
- Think about how to transition your students smoothly from their homeroom classroom, to the music room, and back again.
- Do you want their classroom teacher to drop them off and wait for you outside the music room? Do you want to pick them up and drop them off yourself?
- What classes do these students have next?
- What should my students be doing when they first come into my room?
- What are some ways to line students up quickly and quietly?
- Explain to them that the more they adhere to your routine, the more prep time they will get and the more effective learning time you will get with the students.
- Explain to the classroom teachers how important it is to get all the students to arrive at the same time. Getting interrupted by students coming late and leaving early from music class can be very disruptive, and you have to complete assessments on students as well (in a much more limited time frame!).
- If you are on a cart and travel between classes, ask the classroom teachers to have the students desks clear (I’ve often had teachers doing large projects prior to me coming in and we spend time clearing these off or I don’t have the space to do the lesson I planned).
- Again if you are on a cart, ask the teachers to let you know if technology is not working, and be aware that you need some space to bring your cart into the classroom,
4. Behavior Form, Follow Up, and Documentation
- In my class, I try to focus on “Reminders” and “Good Listening”.
- I give up to 2 reminders to a student. After the second time, they are removed from the activity and I have a desk set up where they can put their head down.
- I try to bring them back into the activity after a few minutes break.
- If they have troubles again, they are removed from the activity and I will ask them to go get their agenda from their classroom so I can write a note home.
- From here, if we continue to have issues my school has a behavior form to fill out and send home. We call it a “Stop and Think” form. From this point we work as a team with the classroom teacher, administration, and the parents.
I keep a few “Stop and Think” forms printed out and ready to use in my classroom. This provides us with documentation and a plan to follow-up on the behavior in the future. Click here to view the free behavior forms!
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