In getting ready for this school year, I found this video (see bottom of post) of wonderful classroom management in action. It is from the Whole Brain Teaching website, which is full of great ideas. I love so many of the things the teacher does in this video, but there are a couple ideas in particular that I can see myself using in my own classroom. One thing I really like is how she has her students walk across the room on syllables. This could totally prevent the racing to line-up issue that I always have (even though I use assigned spots in line and dismiss in small groups). You could even extend this to other ideas and have students walk while skip counting or reciting phonograms. Love it!
But, my favorite idea from this clip is for Peanut Butter and Jelly Partners--what a neat way to manage partnerships! My students do a lot of partner sharing particularly during workshop time, and it would be so easy to say something like "Peanut butter goes first, Jelly shares second." To help manage partnerships, I made a simple pocket chart set for assigning my partners. I will just put two student's numbers together to indicate who will work together, and then put the peanut butter and jelly header cards above the columns to indicate which partner will be which. This should make it easy to keep track of partnerships and even to change them every once in a while. If you want to download my pocket chart set, just click on each image:).