I’m here to talk about a super cool management tool that I found over at What The Teacher Wants: Best of Behavior Management. The idea comes from Stephany over at Primary Possibilities. (As you can see, I was seriously blog hopping the day I found this, and ended up clicking here and then clicking there and ending up who knows where. Does that ever happen to you? At times, it can be dangerous because I’m afraid I won’t find my way back home.)
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-
irritably-calmly, “How’s my Mystery Student doing?” You got it. Peace. Snooooooooooze.
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?