Welcome to Kindergarten

There is a wonderful sense of home when you walk through the front doors of Samsula Academy. We deeply believe that your child will find our school to be a warm and friendly place. We are very proud to be a part of the Samsula Academy School family. Once you have opened those doors you are a member of our family too.

We wish to welcome you to Kindergarten. Kindergarten is a new and exciting time for you and your child. It’s a time of change… new beginnings, new friends, new challenges and exciting discoveries! We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for allowing us to be a part of your child’s life during this precious time of growth and discovery!

This is our honor to welcome you and your child into Kindergarten and into… our life. We will do our best to make this year in Kindergarten enjoyable but also filled with academics. Our motto is: “The seeds we plant today will blossom into a flower tomorrow.” It will be our pleasure and privilege to watch your child’s personality and learning abilities blossom and unfold day by day.

We run a very effective classroom which is well structured but allows for fun and growth. We hold high expectations for all my students. Furthermore, we strongly believe in differentiated instruction. Research reveals that all students learn differently. Therefore, we plan my lessons to meet the needs of all students. It will be our honor to expand the growing minds of tomorrow and encourage them to become the great leaders of the new generation.

You will find very useful information on this blog. I will update it with events that are happening in our classroom, student work, and other related events. If you have any questions, you may contact us at cgibbs@readingedgeacademy.org or sbowden@readingedgeacademy.org

-Mr. Christopher Gibbs, M.Ed
-Mrs. Shannon Bowden

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Classroom Management and Rewards

How exactly do you run a structured, effective classroom?

Behavior Flip Chart (Individual Behavior):

We use a behavior management pocket chart in my classroom. It helps the students to take responsibility for their own behaviors. It works as follows:

• Each day, everyone starts with a green card showing. Green stands for good behavior and means “you are doing great!”

• Students who forget to follow the rules during the day will be told to move their green card to the back of the pockets, leaving a yellow card in the front. Yellow means “Warning! Pay more attention to your behavior!”

• A student who continues to forget the rules will be told to move the yellow card to the back of the pocket, revealing a red card. Red means that the student will incur a consequence such as losing a privilege.

At the end of the day, students will color in their day on the calendar. This allows students to be responsible for their actions and also allows parents to keep track of their child’s behavior.

Incentive Chart (Individual Rewards):

We also have a reward system in our classrooms for good behavior and quality work. In our classrooms, We have an incentive chart that has each child’s name on it. When a student is caught doing their personal best, they will be told to give themselves either a bee (Bowden) or a crayon (Gibbs). Children will place a picture of either a bee or crayon next to his/her name. Once a child has a total of 5, the child will remove them and receive a reward. Children will NEVER be asked to take an owl down. This is a reward system, not a behavior management plan.

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