The beginning days of school are busy! Many, many discussions about expectations, procedures, and rules. When my students and I go over our classroom expectations I like to connect this learning to hands on activities.
During the first days of our math workshop our class has lots of activities, games, and discussions. I like to spark discussions with the statements in this foldable. To anchor the students’ learning about our discussions, I created the math workshop foldable. This foldable occupies one of the first pages in the students’ math journals. Throughout the school year we revisit this foldable to remember our class expectations.
In my 2nd grade classroom we use the looking good signal (thumbs up) and the got to fix (thumb sideways) symbols. I don’t like to use the thumbs down symbol, it is too negative for me. I always explain to my kiddos the meaning of the sideways thumb, we can always fix something and make it better. Often times when the students rate themselves they are eager to use the thumbs up symbol but do not like to use the thumbs down symbol. However, after explaining the got to fix thumb they will use that symbol when evaluating themselves.
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