Happy Halloween! I've teamed up with my buddies over at Freebielicious for a fun freebie party . . . I hope you're having fun trick or treating through our blogs! (In the meantime, I will probably be getting off the couch every two minutes to answer the door and giving away candy that I want to keep. Something is wrong here.)
Okay, so you can read all about the idea on Stephany's post, but I'm going to summarize it for you.
First of all, I already screwed it up a bit. That's just my way.
I thought it was called "Mystery Student." It's not. Stephany calls it "Secret Student."
So . . . a little snafu there on my part. I'm sorry about that -- I tend to just run with things as soon as I see them and then I look back and say, "Oops." (Or I look back and say, "Did I do that? Surely I didn't do that. I better get the heck out of here.") Stephany, I apologize.
The whole idea is that you pick a Mystery (Secret) Student at the beginning of the day. And then all day long, you keep checking on your Mystery Student.
1. It's too chatty during independent work time. So you say, ever-so-casually, "Hmmm. I wonder if my Mystery Student is working quietly . . . " And BAM! Silence.
2. Your lines look like a crowd of six and seven year olds inside of a jump house. So you say, ever-so-softly, "I better check and see if my Mystery Student is walking quietly." Wait . . . for . . . it . . . Two Straight Lines. Like that. Likethat.
3. You want to take your daily cat nap and centers are too noisy. You say, ever-so-
Stephany uses this great magnetic container with glitter inside of it -- and she puts a special note with the student's name in it and all of this is on her whiteboard. It's magical. Check it out on her post AND you can download her special note for free.
I, on the other hand, don't have all that. I was desperate to kick off second trimester with this management tool so I went a different route. We'll call it Bush League in the interest of time. Either way, it's my freebie for ya. Aren't ya glad you knocked on my door?
Click the pic to download your freebie or
see 4 other options to choose from!
FOUR OTHER OPTIONS!!
I'm telling you, it's like you're getting the fancy
magnetic container with glitter for free if you use
your imagination really hard.
Really really hard.
I put magnets on the back of my card. And then I write the student's name on a post it each morning.
(Pretend it's a magnetic container
with glitter. Thanks.)
(That says that I keep it up there out
of reach. And, yes, I have to stand on
my tiptoes to reach it.)
The only trouble I've had is that a couple of my first graders ask me all day long if they are the Mystery Student. And a couple of others claim to know who it is.
If that sort of thing doesn't bother you, get under your skin, and/or you've learned to tune out little kid voices, you'll be all set.
I have been announcing my Mystery Student at the end of the day. If the student has had a great day, I give them 10 gold tags (my behavior plan). If the student has not had such a great day, you don't announce the name. You just tell the kids that the Mystery Student had some trouble and we'll try again tomorrow.
I am IN LOVE with this.
So there you go. The clipart is from Scrappin Doodles and the font is from Nicole at Rowdy in Room 300. You can get the font for FREE and she also has some other ones that are just as cute.
Well . . . that's about it.
Happy Halloween!! I can't end this post without mentioning that this is the 16th anniversary of my True Halloween Ghost Story. If you haven't read it, be sure to check it out. :)
Trick or Treat!!!
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